By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – The College of Michigan stated a $490 million settlement with greater than 1,000 individuals who alleged sexual assault by a former sports activities physician was finalized on Friday.
The physician, Robert Anderson, was a doctor for the soccer staff and different athletic packages on the college, the place he labored from 1966 till his retirement in 2003. He died in 2008. Many of the victims had been male.
The college stated the deal gained approval from 98% of claimants. How the quantity might be break up was determined by the claimants and their legal professionals, it added.
“The College of Michigan provides its heartfelt apology for the abuse perpetrated by the late Robert Anderson. We hope this settlement helps the therapeutic course of for survivors,” Paul Brown, chairman of the college’s governing board, stated in an announcement.
In January, the college stated the deal, which was the end result of years of negotiations with attorneys for the victims, would settle all claims of abuse by Anderson.
It stated on the time that $460 million might be paid to 1,050 claimants and $30 million positioned in reserve for any unidentified victims who come ahead by July 31, 2023.