Leader-Telegram: Van de Loo faces more lawsuits


Two additional lawsuits have been filed against former Eau Claire pediatrician David Van de Loo.

The civil suits, filed in Eau Claire County, are the sixth and seventh against the 60-year-old Van de Loo, who also is facing criminal charges accusing him of inappropriate contact with 16 former male patients while employed as a pediatrician and sports medicine physician for Mayo Clinic Health System.

Van de Loo has pleaded not guilty to 17 felony charges. A three-week trial is scheduled to begin in January.

In the latest civil suits, Van de Loo is accused of sexually abusing two former patients — one who said the physician treated him from ages 10 to 18, approximately 2003 to 2011, and the other who said the doctor treated him from ages 13 to 18, approximately 2007 to 2011.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Proassurance Casualty Co. and the Injured Patients and Family Compensation Fund are named as respondents in the latest civil suits.

To date, seven civil suits involving nine unnamed plaintiffs have been filed against Van de Loo.