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Michigan State Approves $1.3M Deal For Lawyer In Nassar Settlement

June 22, 2018 - 10:29 am

EAST LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Michigan State University trustees have approved a three-year, $1.3 million deal to hire a lawyer who represented the school in a $500 million settlement with Larry Nassar's sexual assault victims.

Robert Young was formally hired Friday as general counsel, weeks after he was brought to campus by interim President John Engler. He's a former chief justice at the Michigan Supreme Court.

Trustees voted 5-3 to approve the contract. Some Nassar victims urged the board to reject Young, saying he was insensitive during negotiations that led to the settlement.

They also cheered when Trustee Brian Mosallam proposed that the board vote to fire Engler, a former Michigan governor. The motion was defeated.