May 18, 2018: Condition for $500M Settlement in Nassar Case Includes a Requirement that Survivors Forgo Right to Petition

Michigan State University announced that it settled with 332 survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse for $500 million. But there was one condition in the settlement—that survivors agreed to stop advocating for two reform bills seeking to remove government immunity in cases involving childhood sexual abuse which are currently being debated and voted on in Michigan state legislature.

 

“That a state institution [MSU] would politically silence victims and basically pay them to give up their First Amendment rights goes way beyond the current criticism about gag orders,” attorney James Marsh told Deadspin via text message. “It’s one branch of the government censoring the ability of individuals most affected by this debacle to advocate for legislative change which will affect that branch,” he wrote.