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Mayo Clinic asks judge to drop clinic as defendant in civil suit against ex-doctor

Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - The Mayo Clinic says it should not be part of a civil lawsuit which accuses one of its former doctors in Eau Claire of malpractice.

The Mayo Health System has asked a judge to drop the clinic as a defendant in a suit filed by one of three former patients of pediatrician David Van de Loo.

The initial lawsuit was filed against Van de Loo, Mayo, and its insurance carrier. It accused the doctor of sexually abusing a male patient from 2004 until 2011. That person is 21, and is now living in Minnesota.

The suit accused Mayo of being negligent in not supervising Van de Loo. Mayo said it was never aware of the sexual assault allegations until last year – and then they fired him.

The 60-year-old Van de Loo also faces 17 felony sexual assault charges of various types and degrees. Earlier this month, Van de Loo waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges.

An arraignment is pending, in which the doctor would enter pleas. Online court records do not list a date for that proceeding yet.