Barnstormers Basketball of Iowa Coach Abuse Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

Barnstormers Basketball, Inc. and the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States, Inc. are settling a class action with a payment of $1.9 million. The complaint alleged that Barnstormers co-director and coach Gregory Scott Stephen victimized participants who were minors by procuring nude images and recordings of them. It claimed that Barnstormers was negligent in engaging, retaining, and supervising Stephens and not putting in place safeguards to prevent the exploitation or abuse of minors. Two other defendants, Stephen himself and Adidas America, Inc., are not involved in this settlement.

Docket Number:

3:20- cv-5-SHL

Company: Barnstormers Basketball, Inc.

Filing Deadline: March 23, 2023

Class Period: January 1, 2005 to April 5, 2018

Objection Deadline: November 7, 2022

Exclusion Deadline: November 7, 2022

Final Approval Hearing: December 5, 2022

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide (1) documentation showing that you were affiliated with a Barnstormer Basketball-affiliated team between 2005 and April 5, 2018 (for example, with a time-stamped photo, email, or the like), and (2) documentation from a law enforcement agency (such as the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the United States Attorney’s Office) that names you as a victim of Greg Stephen.


You may be eligible if you are a past or present Barnstormers Basketball participant who (1) was affiliated with a Barnstormers Basketball team, at any time between 2005 and April 5, 2018 while Greg Stephan was involved with the organization, and (2) you were a victim of Stephen’s illicit actions in obtaining nude images or recordings of minors.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Equal share of a $1,032,500 distribution fund for victims of Greg Stephen’s illicit acts. If all ninety-eight potential settlement class members submit valid claims, each person will receive $10,535.71, but final amounts may be higher or lower, depending on the number of valid claims received. Eligibility will be determined by a review of Claim Forms and supporting documents.

Total Settlement Amount: $1,900,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Benjamin T. Erickson
Guy R. Cook

Claim Form: Barnstormer Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: John Doe, and all others similarly situated v. Barnstormers Basketball, Inc. d/b/a Barnstormers Basketball of Iowa

Settlement Website: Barnstormer Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Atticus Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Doe v. Barnstormers
c/o Atticus Administration
PO Box 64053
St. Paul, MN 55164

Tags: Children/Minors, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation, Sports