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Testimony raises pressure

Reuters
Saturday, January 27, 2018

NEW YORK - Searing victim testimony during former American gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing has ratched up pressure on the sport's US governing body and Michigan State University to settle civil lawsuits by girls and women seeking to hold them responsible for his years of sexual abuse, legal experts said.

The lawsuits seeking unspecified monetary damages from USA Gymnastics, which used Nassar as team doctor for years, and Michigan State, where he worked as a professor, were filed in January 2017 in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and were later consolidated into a single case.

Settlement talks between the defendants and lawyers representing 140 of Nassar's victims broke down in December, said David Mittleman, an attorney representing some of the plaintiffs.








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