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Judge Partially Unpauses Strauss Lawsuits

Apr 20, 2020

Richard Strauss
Credit File photo from Ohio State University via Associated Press

A federal judge has partly unpaused litigation against Ohio State University over decades-old sexual abuse by a team doctor, while noting mediation toward possible settlements should continue as the lawsuits proceed. 

Over 350 men sued the school for failing to stop Richard Strauss during the late doctor's tenure, but much of the legal action was paused as the cases were in mediation. Last month, Ohio State announced an unspecified settlement with nearly half the men. Details weren't disclosed. Other accusers wanted the judge to let them resume litigation. The order says the mediator recently notified him "parallel mediation and litigation efforts" are warranted.