Practice Groups

Organizational Liability for Sexual Misconduct/Abuse

Bassford Remele is one of only a handful of Minnesota firms with significant experience handling sexual misconduct claims. Over the course of the last 20 years, our team has seen success for a number of schools, hospitals, youth groups, and religious organizations facing charges of liability for the sexual misconduct of one of their employees or volunteers.

Knowing the deeply sensitive nature of these cases, and the potential for a high media profile, our attorneys work closely with clients to develop a strategy that will make for the strongest defense and keep the case off the evening news. Our team has long-standing relationships with plaintiffs’ attorneys, plus a strong network of experts and mediators, which all help to resolve these matters consistent with our clients’ litigation and business objectives.

Representative Cases

Represented a Fortune 500 company, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving alleged sexual abuse by a former employee. Does v. Fortune 500 Co. (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2017).

Represented a Minnesota high school, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving former students’ sexual abuse claims. Does v. Minn. High Sch. (D. Minn. 2016).

Represented a religious institution, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving alleged sexual abuse by a former employee. Doe v. Religious Inst. (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2016).

Represented a private secondary school, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving a former student’s sexual abuse claims. Student v. Teacher and Sch. (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2016). 

Represented a campus ministry, successfully resolving claims related to alleged sexual misconduct of a volunteer. (Pre-suit 2016).

Represented a long-term care facility’s staff, obtaining an award finding no liability in an alleged physical and sexual abuse of a nursing home resident. Doe v. Skilled Nursing Facility (private arbitration 2011).

Represented a day care, successfully resolving claims related to alleged student-on-student sexual abuse. Parent v. Day Care (Dakota Cty. Minn. 2008).

Represented a head start school and teacher’s aide in district court and on appeal, winning summary judgment in a case involving negligence, negligent supervision, and sexual abuse claims. Little ex rel. R.D.C. v. Parents in Cmty. Action, 2006 WL 1148107 (Minn. App. May 2, 2006).