Liability for Third Party Sexual Abuse (On-Demand)

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Course Description

This course will examine the various causes of action available against third parties arising out of sexual abuse by a third party, including theories of direct and vicarious liability. This course will also delve into the various defenses which can be raised against such claims and common pitfalls for plaintiffs. Attendees can expect to learn of some unique issues in these types of cases relating to discovery and trial. There will also be brief discussion of the changing social landscape and statutory schema in these areas.


  1. Theories of vicarious liability
    • Negligent hiring
    • Negligent supervision
  2. Theories of direct liability
    • Negligence
    • Intentional infliction of emotional distress
  3. Title VII claims
  4. Defenses
    • Statute of Limitations
      • Commentary on nationwide statute reform
    • Lack of foreseeability
    • Reasonable action taken
    • Reasonable screening of employees
    • Background check requirement
  5. Litigation pitfalls
    • Discovery issues
      • Revived claims (age of deponents, documents, change of corporate structure)
      • Repressed memories


Kiersty DeGroote, Esq.


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Kiersty DeGroote, Esq.

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