UM asks court to allow communication with alumni over Anderson allegations

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UM asks court to allow communication with alumni over Anderson allegations

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Lawyers for the University of Michigan are requesting that an order preventing them from contacting alumni about a former doctor who sexually abused patients be lifted.

The request comes amid dozens of lawsuits filed against UM and the Board of Regents over alleged abuse by Robert E. Anderson, the former head of University Health Services and team physician for the Athletic Department from the 1960s to 2003.

Anderson died in 2008.

Lawyers for the university note that UM, “unequivocally condemns Anderson’s misconduct.”

“And, although Plaintiffs’ legal claims against the University are barred by the statute of limitations and the University’s sovereign immunity, the University is committed both to providing relief to the alumni Anderson harmed and to taking concrete steps to ensure that something like this cannot happen again,” according to the motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

The motion seeks dismissal of an order by Judge Victoria Roberts that UM not communicate with alumni after several attorneys representing alleged victims of Anderson raised concerns about the university contacting potential victims of the doctor in the middle of litigation. UM says it has reached out to more than 300,000 alumni and athletes to aid its independent investigation and offer counseling to any victims. Dr. Robert E. Anderson (Photo: Robert Kalmbach, Bentley Historical Library) “The University’s communication with its alumni was entirely appropriate; and the Court exceeded its discretion by issuing a broad communication ban with no basis in fact or law,” the motion says.

But Mike Cox, the former Michigan attorney general now representing […]

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