Abuse and Sexual Assault
The sexual abuse legal team at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard has a national reputation and proven record of helping survivors and their families recover from childhood sexual abuse. The firm’s $65 million sexual abuse jury verdict in a case against a public school is believed to have been the largest single plaintiff verdict ever in California and the United States. In May 2022, the law firm obtained a $10 million jury verdict for the 2003 sexual abuse of a then-high school tennis player abused by his coach. And in 2022, the firm secured $7.5 million for five men sexually abused by their teacher in the late 1970's and early 1980's.Local Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Results
102.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a middle school sexual abuse survivor
A jury returned a total verdict of $102.5 million against the Union School District in a sexual abuse case involving two former students at Dartmouth Middle School. Attorney Lauren Cerri represented the young girl responsible for music teacher Samuel Neipp's arrest and subsequent prison sentence. The jury awarded her $65 million. It was the largest single plaintiff sexual abuse verdict against a California school district.
$15 million for O.B. Whaley sexual abuse survivors
This case started with a single victim. In January 2012, authorities arrested Craig Chandler on suspicion of molesting a young child at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, where he had worked as a teacher for nine years. As the investigation proceeded, it became clear that he had molested five girls going back to 2010. Attorney Robert Allard led the litigation team against the Evergreen Elementary School District. By preparing an airtight case against the District, Mr. Allard’s team persuaded the District to pay $15 million to the victims for the lifelong harm they are to endure.
$10 million jury verdict on behalf of a high school student abused nearly 20 years ago
A Marin County jury ruled that the Tamalpais Union High School District was 100 percent negligent for the 2003 sexual abuse of a then-high school student by its then PE teacher and tennis coach Normandie Burgos (Marin County Superior Court, Case# CIV2001133). It awarded the student $10 million.
$9 million against a childcare provider
$9 million settlement, Jane Doe v. Unnamed Childcare Provider
Confidential settlement in a sexual abuse case against a city childcare provider that settled during trial for $9 million.
$8.25 million against Morgan Hill Unified School District
As part of the $8.25 million settlement with three child sex abuse victims, the Morgan Hill Unified School District is also moving forward in implementing and supporting programs aimed at preventing the sexual abuse of students. The legal team led by Attorney Robert Allard announced that the Morgan Hill Unified School District agreed to pay $8.25 million to three then-elementary school students sexually abused by former teacher John Loyd. At the same time, complying with the wishes of the victims’ parents, the district also moved forward to carry out child sexual abuse prevention programs.
$8.4 million against a statewide daycare provider.
$8.2 million against US Youth Soccer and its affiliate
Two youth soccer organizations, with a major presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, are now conducting background checks on coaches following a record-setting $8.2 million settlement for a young girl sexually molested by her youth soccer league coach.
$7.6 million for a developmental disabled rape victim
The West Valley- Mission Community College District paid a disabled rape victim $7.6 million as a result of a lawsuit. The lawsuit filed in 2020 alleged that district officials failed to protect a developmentally disabled victim from an instructional aide in the Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities that holds classes at Mission College in Santa Clara.
$7.5 million for five men abused nearly 40 years ago by their school teacher
Union School District settled a 40-year-old sexual abuse case for $7.5 million. The men had high praise for Attorney Robert Allard and his team’s “impressive mix of empathy and professionalism,” with one man wishing them “all the best in continuing your efforts on behalf of children who need and deserve a voice like yours.”
$4.5 million for two survivors of San Francisco Unified School District - George Washington High School sexual abuse
The law firm sued SFUSD in 2022 for failing to supervise then George Washington High School athletic director Lawrence Young-Yet Chan. Chan allegedly sexually abused two students and was allowed to quietly resign from his position.
National Sexual Abuse Cases:
Multi-victim claim in Colorado against United States Taekwondo (“USAT”) on behalf of female athletes sexually molested by former gold medal athlete Steven Lopez and his brother and Olympic coach Jean Lopez
Jane Doe v. Unnamed Private School
$3.5 million for student sexually abused by a teacher at a private school
Jane Doe v. Unnamed Charter School
$3.15 million for a student sexually abused by a teacher’s aide at a charter school
Jane Doe v. EMQ Families First
$2 million for sexual abuse of two children by group home employee.
Jane Doe v. New Haven Unified School District
$1.87 million for three students sexually abused by their elementary school teacher.
John Doe v. San Ramon Unified School District and New Life Church of Alamo
$1.548 million to child sexually abused by school wrestling coach and church youth group Leader
John Doe v. Jefferson School District
$1.2 million for student who was sexually abused by his fourth grade teacher
Jane Doe v Unnamed Charter School
$1.2 million for sexual abuse of a student by her high school teacher
John Doe v. The Unity Care Group and County of Santa Clara
$1.105 million to three foster children sexually abused by wraparound service provider.
Jane Doe v. Morgan Hill Unified School District and South Valley Dance Arts
$1.045 million to three children sexually abused by a theater technician.
Jane Doe v. Los Banos Unified School District
$1 million to student who was sexually abused by her high school drama teacher at Pacheco High School
Jane Doe v. Jefferson School District
$900,000 for student who was sexually abused by her teacher
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