Sexual Violence, Title IX, and Victims’ Rights

Baltimore Apartment Complex and Property Management Company Lawsuit

In February 2021, Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a lawsuit on behalf of Emily Doe against a Baltimore apartment complex and property management company alleging premises liability negligence after Ms. Doe was raped by a stranger who had gained access to her building through a faulty door that Defendants had been made well aware of but neglected to repair for years.  

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Baltimore Archdiocese, St. Mary’s Seminary Wrongful Death Lawsuit

On June 27, 2023, Sanford Heisler Sharp and Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Flannery and Liam Gallagher against the Archdiocese of Baltimore (“AOB”), its affiliated St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and the seminary’s owner, Society of St. Sulpice, for their roles in the 2022 death of the Plaintiffs’ father, Frank Gallagher Jr.

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FTCA Sexual Assault Complaints Against Army Doctor

On September 14, 2023, Sanford Heisler Sharp filed two separate Federal Torts Claims Act (“FTCA”) administrative complaints against the U.S. Department of the Army and the U.S. Department of Defense (collectively, “the Army”) on behalf of John Doe 1 and John Doe 2. Both are former patients of Dr. Michael Stockin, an Army doctor who faces criminal charges for sexually abusing numerous former patients.

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Midshipmen-Cadet Suits Against Maersk Line, Limited

The complaints alleged that Maersk Line, owner and operator of commercial cargo vessels, violated the Jones Act, General Maritime Law, and anti-discrimination laws by failing to adequately protect two female students from sexual assault and sexual harassment while they worked aboard the Maersk M/V Alliance Fairfax as part of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy’s “Sea Year” program.

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MindGeek Sex Trafficking Civil Lawsuit

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Navy Captain Sexual Assault Lawsuit

On November 29, 2023, Sanford Heisler Sharp and Maritime Legal Solutions filed a lawsuit against the United States on behalf of Elsie Dominguez. The Complaint alleges that Ms. Dominguez, a civilian mariner working as the 1st Assistant Engineer aboard the USNS Carson City, a naval vessel operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (“MSC”), was raped by the Captain of the vessel.

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Rabbi Freundel Voyeurism Class Action

In October 2018, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia granted final approval of a $14.25 million class action settlement arising from Rabbi Bernard Freundel’s secret videotaping of females without their consent at the National Capital Mikvah facility in Washington, DC. 

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Sexual Assaults Lawsuit Against Terry Richardson and Trump Model Management LLC

On November 21, 2023, Sanford Heisler Sharp and Iuris&Factor filed a lawsuit against fashion photographer Terry Richardson, the now-defunct modeling agency Trump Model Management, and the agency’s shareholders on behalf of model Minerva Portillo. The lawsuit alleges that Ms. Portillo was sexually assaulted by Mr. Richardson during a photoshoot in 2004, and that Trump Model Management continued to send Ms. Portillo to work with Mr. Richardson even after she voiced her concerns about him.

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The Waterford School Sexual Assault Lawsuit

In August 2020, Sanford Heisler Sharp and local counsel Ferbrache Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tabitha Bell against The Waterford School, an elite private school in Utah, alleging negligence and breach of its duty of care; premises liability; negligent supervision of its faculty and students; and negligent infliction of emotional distress, among other civil liabilities.  

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