Posted: May. 17, 2018 8:00 am Updated: May. 17, 2018 5:28 pm
DETROIT (AP) – The $ 500 million settlement between Michigan State University and hundreds of Larry Nassar's victims is split after many factors are weighed, including the date and age of the victim in the sexual assault the impact on their lives, lawyers say.
The school, where the sports physician worked for nearly 20 years, announced Wednesday that $ 425 million would be reserved for 332 women and girls who say they have abused Nassar and another $ 75 million for future claims. But it will not matter in determining how much each victim will receive.
That's likely to fall on one or two former judges or seasoned mediators who are selected by attorneys to oversee the process, said John Manly, who represents about 200 victims in the worst case sexual abuse in sports history.
"This can be completed in four or five months," he predicted.
Simple math says $ 425 million divided by 332 people would each be $ 1
In fact, claims need to be evaluated in many ways. Manly said some people could get "substantially" more than $ 1.28 million, while others get much less. Attorneys also receive a share of each award under agreements they have with clients.
"The age of the abuse, the duration of the abuse," said Manly, listing the probable factors. "Treatment in the Future and the Past: Have You Lost Income? Are there things about a particular case that worsen or mitigate."
Mittleman said the data on the abuses will be important. Older abuse is likely to be less valuable because without the settlement, Michigan State could have been shielded by a statute of limitations.
The New York lawyer Michael Barasch is not involved in the Nassar case, but has sexually abused hundreds of victims of priests. He said a pool of money was "definitely the way to go".
"You have to have a reasonable, systematic and transparent solution," said Barasch. "Who is better than a fair mediator accepted by all? … Some of these people will be disappointed – guaranteed, but I can tell you that most of my church abuse cases are so grateful to have finality."  Michigan State was accused of ignoring or rejecting complaints about Nassar, some even in the 1990s. The school had insisted that no one cover up abuses, although Nassar's boss was later charged with improperly monitoring him and committing his own sexual misconduct.
In a statement, his first since the unification, Michigan State President John Engler apologized, calling Nassar a "bad doctor" whose attacks "shocked our campus and the nation." The former governor of Michigan was hired as provisional leader following the sudden resignation of Lou Anna Simon in January.
Michigan State has not revealed how it will pay for the settlement, except for the insurance companies. Engler told reporters in Lansing on Thursday that he did not intend to ask state legislators for money.
Dianne Byrum, a member of the school board, said Michigan State would likely lend money, save savings, delay large projects, and consider budget cuts. She said that a study increase related to the Nassar case is unlikely.
Nassar, 54, is being jailed for three decades in prison for sexual harassment of athletes and child pornography. He is in a federal prison in Arizona.
Nassar worked not only in the state of Michigan, but also with the US-based American Olympian USA Gymnastics. His attacks were mostly perpetrated in Michigan at his home in Lansing, the university hospital, and gyms, but his prosecutors also said he abused them on a gym training ranch in Texas and at domestic and international competitions.
The scheme applies only to Michigan State. Lawsuits are pending against US gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and an elite gymnastics club in the Lansing area
The deal outruns the $ 100 million paid by Penn State University for claims by at least 35 people accused of assisting have football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse, although the Nassar agreement includes much more victims.
Eggert reported about Lansing.