Lawsuit against Purdue University basketball player Isaac Haas dropped for spreading herpes

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A lawsuit filed against Purdue and former basketball player Isaac Haas, accusing him of lying about an STD and claiming the university cleared it, has been dismissed.

A summary judgment in the case against Hass and Purdue filed this week says Haas “is no longer a party to the case” and there is insufficient evidence to prove the school was negligent.

Background

The lawsuit was originally filed by Alyssa Chambers in Tippecanoe Circuit Court in 2018 and named Haas and Purdue University as defendants.

The incident began when Haas and Chambers engaged in a brief sexual encounter on May 15, 2017, and she was discovered to be infected with herpes two weeks later. She claimed she had not had sex with anyone other than Haas between the day they had sex and the day she was diagnosed.

The case against Haas, which has since been dropped, claimed he tried to cover up his infections, dispute Chambers’ claims and persuade her not to press charges.

Haas allegedly told Chambers he had been treated for chlamydia and was “clean” when they met, according to the lawsuit.

The former basketball player also claimed he was tested, diagnosed, treated and retested by the university’s student health services, who told him he was “clean,” according to the lawsuit.

Case against Purdue

The lawsuit also focused on the University’s involvement. Specifically, Chambers claimed that Purdue, through the Department of Athletics and Health Services, had established an “unwritten policy” not to test athletes for STDs.

According to its claim, Purdue did this to enable athletes to obtain STD treatment without diagnosis as well as to “minimize exposure to liability, assist with recruitment and ensure players remain available for games.” .

Chambers’ claim ended by saying that this alleged Purdue policy caused him foreseeable harm by allowing Haas to claim he had been treated when it was still unclear what treatment he had. same need.

Purdue’s argument

Purdue argued in the case that the House request should be dismissed because it was not filed under the Medical Malpractice Act, but the courts disagreed.

“This argument would have merit if Chambers alleged that Purdue healthcare providers, alone, created and implemented such a policy,” the court documents read. “However, that is not the case.”

However, Purdue also argued that as a matter of law, it does not have a common law duty to protect its students from STD infection. Additionally, the University has “categorically denied” a no-testing policy for student-athletes.

The jugement

This week, summary judgment in the case was filed, dismissing all Chambers claims against Haas and Purdue.

According to the courts, Chambers provided “no evidence for her allegation” that she was infected with herpes due to an unwritten policy within Purdue’s athletic department.

“Haas did not discuss this with them and health care providers repeatedly recommended additional testing,” the judgment reads.

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