The Ohio State University Dr. Strauss Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit

Sauder Schelkopf has been at the forefront fighting for the survivors of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss since the first allegations were made public in April of 2018.  Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit in July 2018 against Ohio State University (OSU) on behalf of former students and student-athletes who were sexually abused by Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked for OSU from the mid-1970s to the 1990s.  Strauss died in 2005; however, over 300 male students and student-athletes have come forward to share their experiences.

As reported by the New York Times on Oct. 7, 2019:

Ohio State vs. Michigan State Brings an Uncomfortable Undercurrent

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The bond between the Ohio State football team and this city extends beyond the 104,797 fans who packed the Horseshoe this weekend, dressing dutifully in black to match the Buckeyes’ made-for-marketing alternate jerseys.

The connection extends to the bars, restaurants and shops in the Short North neighborhood, where passers-by greet one another with “Happy Game Day,” and to the sea of tailgaters who range more than a mile from Ohio Stadium.

So when fireworks boom with each touchdown and the band plays the alma mater afterward, players swaying arm in arm with their families on the field, it is easy to forget that this richly communal experience is kept humming by the more than $200 million in revenue that the athletic department generates each year.

It also makes it convenient to overlook the less-than-wholesome element of Ohio State’s 34-10 victory over Michigan State: that the sexual abuse scandals involving Lawrence G. Nassar, as a team doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State, and Richard Strauss, as a team doctor at Ohio State, continue to look like the tip of cultural icebergs at these two universities.


Contact us confidentially to join the lawsuit anonymously, seek compensation and demand change.

Read the complaint here.

The Report of the Independent Investigation can be read here.

Governor’s Working Group Report can be read here

Experience Matters

Sauder Schelkopf has significant experience fighting for victims of sexual misconduct.  Our former prosecutors have extensive litigation experience and currently represent victims of sexual abuse throughout the country, including clergy sexual abuse.  We have numerous class action lawsuits pending throughout the country on behalf of victims of sexual misconduct including:

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