Federal judge denies Baylor motion in “Jane Doe” lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman denied an appeal Monday on behalf of Baylor University asking the judge to allow the university to appeal to a higher court to have multiple Title IX complaints thrown out before a trial is held.

The judge says the request by Baylor, which was denied, is reserved for “exceptional” cases.

“We’re pleased that we’re not going to have any further delay,” Waco attorney Jim Dunnam told KWTX. “We can now move forward and get these young women their day in court.”

On March 7, Pitman ruled that some of the causes of the action for the 10 Jane Doe plaintiffs Dunnam represents could be thrown out, but none of the plaintiffs was dismissed from the case.

On March 24, Baylor responded by filing a motion called an “interlocutory appeal,” seeking to appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans now, rather than wait until after a trial to appeal.

All 10 of the Jane Does allege that they were sexually assaulted while students at Baylor and that the school did nothing or almost nothing in response to the reports when they sought the school’s assistance and protection.

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