Midshipmen-Cadet Suits Against Maersk Line, Limited, N.Y. 10d
The complaints allege that, despite being aware of the history of sexual assault and harassment aboard their ships, commercial cargo vessel owner-operator Maersk Line failed 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.
Polymer80 Ghost Gun Case, Circuit Court of Baltimore City
The Complaint, filed by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, alleges that Polymer80 violates Maryland and federal firearms law by manufacturing, selling, and advertising easy-to-assemble, un-traceable gun kits and parts that have created a public nuisance in the City of Baltimore, where 91% of ghost guns seized by police are sold by Polymer80.
Dartmouth Title IX Class Action, D.N.H.
The Complaint alleges that Dartmouth willfully ignored more than a decade of widespread sexual harassment by tenured professors Todd Heatherton, William Kelley, and Paul Whalen, who formed a private “predators club” and treated the PBS Department like a “21st Century Animal House.”
Rabbi Freundel Voyeurism Class Action, D.C.
Early in 2015, Freundel pleaded guilty in a criminal proceeding before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to numerous counts of illicitly filming women as they used the “mikvah”—a Jewish ritual bath frequently used by married Orthodox women as well as by women undergoing conversion to Judaism.
Prout, et al. v. St. Paul’s School, D.N.H.
The complaint alleged that the prestigious prep school St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., failed to protect a 15-year-old student from rape in connection with “Senior Salute,” a sex competition ritual of which the headmaster and other school leaders had knowledge.
Doe v. Cabrera, D.D.C.
Represented the plaintiff in a civil suit alleging that a Major League Baseball player raped a Washington, D.C. resident at the hotel where the player and his team were staying.
Smolinski v. Gleason, Conn. S.C.
Successfully argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court that missing persons flyers constitute protected speech. The court’s ruling, a significant victory for victims’ First Amendment rights, overturned the trial verdict and appellate court in a case in which the family of a missing person had been held liable for intentional infliction of emotional distress after posting flyers that the plaintiff claimed defamed her.
Doe v. Bardell, D. Md.
The complaint—a first-of-its kind reverse mass action brought under Masha’s Law, a federal statute addressing the distribution of child pornography—alleged invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress against all those who downloaded or possessed pornographic images of a girl, 3, and her sister, 4, taken and distributed by their father and another man.
Doe v. Cardin School, Baltimore City Circuit Court
The complaint alleged prolonged sexual abuse of a 14-year-old student by the dean of students at a religious school.
Ceasar v. Morgan State University, Baltimore City Circuit Court
The complaint, a premises liability action, was brought on behalf of a young man who was brutally assaulted on the campus of Morgan State University by another student, the son of a school professor, who later confessed to killing and cannibalizing a second victim, and whose alarming behavior was known to all the senior leadership of the school prior to the attack on the plaintiff.