MSU seeks dismissal from Nassar lawsuit
MSU and persons affiliated with MSU are now seeking to be dismissed as co-defendants from lawsuits against former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.
Former MSU gymnastics head coach , former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and former head of MSU’s sports medicine clinic Jeffrey Kovan hope to be removed from the lawsuit alongside MSU as a whole.
Attorneys for MSU say the university is not legally responsible for Nassar’s sexual assault and abuse of his patients.
“Although Nassar’s actions were repugnant and merit the heavy criminal penalties imposed upon him, the law does not support Plaintiffs’ attempts to hold the MSU Defendants liable for his wrongs,” MSU attorneys wrote in a brief.
The attorneys also argue many of the plaintiffs were not MSU students, freeing the university from liability under Title IX.
Nassar is expected to be sentenced in Ingham County Circuit Court this week.
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