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How do I find out if a lawsuit was settled 11 years ago?

Submitted By: Anonymous (USA)

When I was in high school 11 years ago I reported sexual harassment by my male teacher. A few more girls came forward and the teacher was arrested and charged. He then confessed. One if the girls admitted to having a voluntary sexual relationship with the teacher. Her parents decided to file a lawsuit after more evidence came forward. Her lawyers met with our parents and we all agreed to join in the lawsuit.

The case seems to be a winner with all the confessions and witnesses. But after about a year in the case we lost contact with the other families. My parents tried to find out what happened because the case just seemed to fade away. I later heard that the case wasn’t settled but we don’t know why or if it’s true. We never heard from the lawyers or the other girls since then.

I decided to move on with my life but would like closure. How do I find out once and for all if the case was settled in secrecy or if we lost?

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Answer

Dear Anonymous,

You say some time ago you joined in the lawsuit. As a result it’s a rather simple process to find out the status of your lawsuit. Call your lawyers. They should have kept you apprised of the status of your case, but without having access to the retainer agreement you signed it is impossible for us to tell you with any certainty whether or not your attorneys had a duty to do so.

You also have a right to request a copy of your entire file. If you do request it you will only receive the documents related to your case. Any documents or evidence related to the other plaintiffs cannot be divulged to you as as a direct result of the attorney-client privilege.

It is highly probable the case hasn’t settled. If it had been you would have received a portion of the settlement agreed to in your retainer agreement.

If you want to seek other representation you have the right to. Because a lawsuit was filed the Statute of Limitations hasn’t run. It is “tolled” for the time the case is pending.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: June 6, 2012

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