A settlement agreement has been reached wherein USA Gymnastics (“USAG”) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (“USOPC”) have agreed to a global monetary settlement of $380,000,000. This announcement represents years of negotiations to resolve the lawsuits brought against USAG by survivors abused by volunteer-physician Lawrence Nassar.
Notably, USAG and the USOPC have agreed to significant non-monetary settlement terms, which include board seats designated to survivors and the implementation and enhancement of Safe Sport-related policies to protect athletes in the future. The USOPC has committed to providing $5,000,000 to implement the non-monetary reforms to USAG and the USOPC.
Before filing for bankruptcy in December 2018, USAG was named a defendant in approximately 100 lawsuits brought by survivors abused by Nassar. As a USAG volunteer, Nassar was to provide medical assistance to gymnasts at various events and camps, including camps held at what was formerly USAG’s National Team Training Center in Texas. The survivors’ claims against USAG include negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent supervision, negligent failure to warn or protect, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. Firm partner Mo Aziz represents 22 survivors, including former national team gymnasts.
If you have been the victim of sexual assault, you have the right to seek justice and may be entitled to a civil remedy for the wrongs committed against you. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the longest-standing personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to review your case and help you navigate your next steps. For your free consultation, call (713) 222-7211 or toll-free at (888) 229-5132.