Alessa Jonas and Shireen Ashtari secure Summary Judgment in a contentious sexual assault suit

Alessa Jonas and Shireen Ashtari successfully drafted and argued a Motion for Summary Judgment securing judgment in favor of their client, a Medical Institution, in a contentious sexual assault case. The Plaintiff in this action claimed to have been sexually assaulted during an examination in the Medical Institution’s emergency department. Alessa and Shireen obtained dismissal of all intentional torts alleged against the Medical Institution through a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. They argued the Medical Institution could not be held vicariously liable for the employee’s alleged sexual misconduct as the same was not a foreseeable consequence of that employee’s employment. With the intentional torts dismissed, Alessa and Shireen went on to attack the negligence claims arguing the Medical Institution had no obligation to take reasonable steps to prevent the alleged assault as it was not foreseeable. They were successful in this regard and Summary Judgment was granted in favor of the Medical Institution.