Nevada top court to take up lawsuit against Roethlisberger

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All seven members of the Nevada Supreme Court will consider the change-of-venue request in the lawsuit accusing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault in a Lake Tahoe hotel in 2008.

In an order handed down in Carson City this week, Chief Justice Michael L. Douglas said the full court will determine whether the case will be tried in Reno, where Mr. Roethlisberger's accuser filed suit, or in Lake Tahoe, where she says the incident occurred.

Justice Douglas also said no oral arguments will be scheduled, meaning the justices will base their ruling on the documents attorneys have submitted to the court.

The order, which includes no timetable for a decision, comes 20 months after a district judge in Reno denied a change-of-venue request from Mr. Roethlisberger's attorneys. The attorneys appealed to the Supreme Court, where the case has been in limbo ever since.

A 33-year-old woman filed suit against the Steelers quarterback in August 2009, claiming he assaulted her in July 2008 while staying at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, where she was a VIP hostess. The Post-Gazette does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.

The suit also named eight Harrah's employees whom she accused of ignoring or hindering her attempts to have Mr. Roethlisberger held accountable.

Mr. Roethlisberger has denied sexually assaulting the woman, and his attorneys are seeking to have the matter tried in Douglas County, home of Lake Tahoe, where the incident is alleged to have occurred and where the Harrah's employees live and work.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dan Majors: or 412-263-1456.


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