LBN has been following a lawsuit against United Airlines alleging sexual abuse during a college scholarship program called “United Airlines Believers Program.” The alleged abuse was committed in the 1990s by Marvin Lovett, a mentor with the program. [Note: Lovett was shot to death by Sylvester Jamison, one of Lovett’s alleged victims.] The original lawsuit against United Airlines was filed in 2014. The number of plaintiffs has grown to 18. Recently, another man has come forward with the same claims and has filed a lawsuit in Chicago. Plaintiffs’ attorney Lyndsay Markley provides an update to the story in this report.
Markley says that “John Doe Number 19” was another victim of sexual abuse during the college scholarship program that was offered in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. North Lawndale, she explains, is an impoverished neighborhood that has seen few of its young people go on to college over the years. So the Believers program was an exciting opportunity for North Lawndale. Unfortunately, says Markley, John Doe Number 19 was molested from 1995, when the program began, to about 1998.
United Airlines has continued to distance itself from the Believer program, says Markley, even though the evidence provided by documents and witness statements shows the airline’s involvement. “In the end, I believe the evidence will support what we’ve alleged in our complaint” against United and other corporations. The lawsuit will move forward.
As to the future, Markley believes that more plaintiffs will yet come forward. At this point, all the lawsuits will move forward into discovery proceedings. Markley believes that the evidence discovered will demonstrate the relationship between United Airlines and the Believers program. Getting the airline to accept accountability for the program and its unfortunate results is important, Markley says.
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.