Seven male adults who participated in a United Airlines mentoring program as children claim that they suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of a mentor, Marvin Lovett, who they thought would help them obtain college scholarships. The Attorney representing the alleged victims, Lyndsay Markley, believes that the number of victims could actually exceed 25. A federal bankruptcy court had previously ruled that the civil suit in state court could proceed.
United Airlines plans to serve a motion to dismiss the claims, alleging that United had no or little relationship to the mentoring program called the “Believers Program” and, therefore, no duty to protect the children. Markley says she has new evidence showing that United had more involvement than they are admitting. The evidence includes a two-minute video that they would show at the beginning of every flight.
Markley says that United’s claim of non-involvement with the program will be “very easily disputed.” In addition to the two-minute video about the mentoring program, Markley says that United made a 22-minute black history month video featuring the program's kids and mentors—clear proof that United Airlines was involved in the mentoring program.
United will also be seeking a change of judge.
Chicago-based Attorney, Lyndsay Markley, has dedicated her legal practice to fighting on behalf of persons who suffered injuries or death as the result of the wrongful or careless conduct of others. For her work as a victims’ advocate, Ms. Markley has received an array of accolades, including selection to the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Illinois and a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorney for 2012-2014 by the National Association of Trial Lawyers. She has also been acknowledged by her colleagues as an Illinois’ Rising Star in 2013 -2014 (SuperLawyers’ Magazine) and as a Top Women Lawyer in Illinois in 2014 by Super Lawyers and Chicago Magazine. Lyndsay's commentary was hosted by The Legal Broadcast Network, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.