Yeshiva University Students Lose Appeal in $680 Million Abuse Case

Judges Say Students Should Have Sued Decades Ago

By Paul Berger

Published September 04, 2014.

Thirty-four former students have lost their appeal of a judge’s decision to dismiss their $680 million lawsuit against Yeshiva University.

A three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled today that the students waited decades too long to file claims that they were abused during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s at a Y.U.-run boys high school.

Under Title IX, students have three years from the time they become aware of a school’s deliberate indifference to their abuse to file a suit.

The students said that they first found out that Y.U. knowingly employed abusive staff members in a December 2012 article in the Forward.

But the judges found that the suit, “filed more than 20 years after the last plaintiff left [the school] was correctly dismissed” by a U.S. District court in January.

Matt Yaniv, a spokesman for Y.U., said: “Today’s decision concludes a legal proceeding that has been trying for all involved. Our thoughts remain with anyone who may have been harmed by actions that occurred many years ago and our confidential counseling services remain available to those affected.”

Kevin Mulhearn, a lawyer for the former students, vowed to appeal the decision.

“My clients, sex abuse survivors all, have been violated once again,” Mulhearn said.

“We are not finished,” he added. “Not by a long shot.”

Contact Paul Berger at or on Twitter @pdberger

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