Mass. judge tosses lawsuit against Boston hospital
BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Boston Children's Hospital by 11 people who said they were sexually abused as children by a renowned pediatrician in North Carolina.
The Suffolk Superior Court judge last week rejected the plaintiffs' claim that the hospital could have prevented alleged abuse by the late Dr. Melvin Levine if it had reported accusations of abuse made while he worked in Boston from 1966 to 1985. The plaintiffs alleged they were molested in North Carolina between 1987 and 2006.
Judge Merita Hopkins ruled that the plaintiffs failed to identify an obligation to them under Massachusetts law.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs told The Boston Globe he plans an appeal.
Levine killed himself last year after he was sued by alleged victims in Boston.