University of Michigan seeks removal of law firm from doctor's sexual assault case

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The University of Michigan said Wednesday that it is seeking to remove a law firm it hired to handle lawsuits following hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson, a sports doctor who worked at the school for decades.

It’s the second time the university has sought to remove a firm helping handle the allegations. It previously replaced a firm that was hired to help with the university’s investigation, which is separate from the lawsuits.

University officials said a motion was filed Wednesday to withdraw Troy-based Bush Seyferth, according to The Detroit News.

The firm was hired in March. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald did not explain why the university wants to remove Bush Seyferth or whether another firm has been hired to handle lawsuits.

The school said in April that it hoped to settle the lawsuits. Bush Seyferth already has filed motions to dismiss 19 lawsuits against the university.

Campus police began looking into Anderson in 2018 after a former student-athlete wrote to athletic director Warde Manuel about being sexually abused by Anderson during medical exams in the early 1970s.