Ohio State offers settlements in five more sex abuse victim cases involving former school doctor Richard Strauss
May 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Some of the alleged abuse victims of former Ohio State University doctor Richard Strauss could get more than $250,000 as part of an individual settlement program for survivors involved in five active legal cases, according to a recent court filing by the university.
(CNN)Some of the alleged abuse victims of former Ohio State University doctor Richard Strauss could get more than $250,000 as part of an individual settlement program for survivors involved in five active legal cases, according to a recent court filing by the university.
"Ohio State has condemned Strauss' conduct and the university's failure at the time to prevent the abuse, and has expressed its regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured or has been impacted by Strauss' abuse," the notice of intent said.
"Through the new Strauss Individual Settlement Program, the university is committed to providing an average settlement amount of up to $252,551 to individual survivors involved in five of the active cases against Ohio State," university spokesperson Benjamin Johnson told CNN on Tuesday.
Ohio State previously reached those settlement agreements with 185 survivors in 17 lawsuits, totaling $46. 7 million, according to a statement from the university.
Speaking only to Ohio State's case, Johnson addressed Ratliff's claims saying that the way Ohio State responded to the sexual abuse claims against Strauss is noteworthy.
Ohio State reached a $5. 8 million settlement with 23 more Strauss sexual abuse survivors as identified in five lawsuits in October 2020, according to a statement released by the university.
"Our ongoing negotiations with Ohio State have resulted in a fair settlement process that acknowledges the harm inflicted on individual survivors and provides a pathway to healing," lead negotiator for the plaintiffs' firms Rick Schulte said in an October statement from Ohio State.