Articles by Kantele Franko

Dozens More Sue Ohio State over Doc’s Alleged Sex Abuse, Misconduct

Dozens more men are suing Ohio State over the university’s failure to stop sexual abuse and misconduct decades ago by team doctor Richard Strauss. They echo claims filed previously by over 400 men, many of whom allege they were groped …

Ohio State Plans Process to Settle with More Strauss Sex Abuse Victims

Ohio State University said on May 3 it is planning an individual settlement program that could help resolve more of the remaining claims over alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss, the team doctor accused of abusing hundreds of young men …

Ohio State Doc Sex Abuse Case Settlements Now Top $46M

Ohio State University will pay $5.8 million to settle lawsuits by about two dozen more survivors over decades-old sexual abuse by a now-deceased team doctor, Richard Strauss — bringing the total settlements so far to $46.7 million for 185 survivors, …

Judge: Ohio Hospital, Insurer Need Not Fund Doc’s Murder Case Defense

A Michigan-based health system and its insurer don’t have to cover the costs of an Ohio doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, a federal judge ruled. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers …

Cost Unclear as Ohio State Settles Suits Over Doc Abuse

Ohio State reached an unspecified settlement with nearly half of the roughly 350 men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor who was jokingly known among some athletes by nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.” The …

Ohio Hospital Fined $400K over Painkiller Doses for Patients Who Died

The hospital system where an intensive care doctor was accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients who died will be fined $400,000 for violating Ohio pharmacy law under a settlement announced on March 4. The Columbus-area Mount …

Ohio State Doctor Abuse Lawsuits, Investigation Have Cost $9.8M, So Far

The investigation and related lawsuits about alleged sexual abuse decades ago by an Ohio State University team doctor have cost nearly $10 million so far, according to the school. The total was about $9.8 million as of December, school spokesman …

Judge Won’t Make Health System Fund Defense of Accused Ohio Doctor

A federal judge declined for now to compel a Michigan-based health system to advance legal costs for a doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Michigan concluded …

Ohio Medical Board to Review Nearly 2K Physician ‘Sexual Boundary’ Allegations

The State Medical Board of Ohio plans to review nearly 2,000 closed cases of alleged sexual misconduct or impropriety by doctors over the past 25 years to determine whether any involved evidence of criminal behavior that was ignored, a board …

Settlements with Ohio Hospital System Reach Nearly $4.5M in Painkiller Deaths Case

An Ohio hospital system has reached nearly $4.5 million in settlements so far over the deaths of patients who allegedly received excessive painkiller doses ordered by a doctor now charged with murder. At least 29 wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed …