MSU May Settle Nassar Lawsuits for $500 Million

May 16, 2018

Former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar
Credit Paul Sancya / AP Photo

Michigan State University has reached a possible settlement with more than 300 victims of sexual assault. The lawsuit stems from the university’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted his patients for years under the guise of treatment.

The proposed settlement would give $425 million to the current victims – and set aside $75 million for victims who come forward in the future.

Morgan McCaul is a Nassar survivor and part of the lawsuit.

“It’s bittersweet like everything with any kind of resolution that we’re finding here. It’s fantastic to see the first steps toward institutional accountability. It’s disappointing that it took this long though,” she said of the proposed settlement.

Jamie White is an attorney for more than forty survivors. He says many of his clients still have close ties to the MSU community. He says they’re still trying to process their feelings about the university.

“There’s been a real conflict I think with some of them, trying to make sense of how this could happen at a place they’ve dedicated so much of their life to.”

The Michigan Attorney General’s office has an open investigation into MSU. The special prosecutor says that investigation is still ongoing.