Michigan State Comes To $500 Million Settlement With Nassar Victims

Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with victims of Larry Nassarthe former MSU doctor who admitted to sexually abusing women under the pretense of medical treatment.

The Nassar trial become a very public boiling point for the growing sex abuse scandal within organized sport. More that 150 women spoke at Nassar’s sentencing hearing, alleging that he had abused them while claiming to be providing medical treatment. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. At least one swimmer was among those to testify that Nassar had sexually abused them as children.

Now the New York Times reports that Michigan State has reached a half-a-billion dollar settlement with Nassar victims. Lawyers representing 332 Nassar victims negotiated the settlement with the school. Victims alleged that Michigan State covered up Nassar’s abuse and ignored reports of sexual misconduct.

The Michigan State settlement is only part of several more ongoing legal battles related to Nassar. Lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and others continue to move forward, per the Times report.

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Muddy Canary

Holy smokes, 500 million for 332 victims. Any legal people out there able to put this into context after legal fees? Sounds like a good chunk of change to each of the victims (deservedly so).

It would be interesting to see the details of the settlement, if they are available anywhere. Will MSU be paying this money in a lump sum, or is it over a long period of time (in which case I assume the attorneys get paid first)?

Insurance will pay the freight. I read that this would only be settled with multiple insurance companies involved and their agreement on what could and would be paid.

Not enough. Not even close to enough.

332. How, just how were 331 of these kids not protected from that monster?

A lot of it was probably paid by layers of insurance but if this was a class action the fees will likely need to be approved by a judge. If it is not a class action fees could be 30-40%.

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