Estey & Bomberger Law Firm Leads the Way in Winning University of Michigan to Accept Largest-Ever Settlement for Male Sexual Abuse Victims | Business

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 19, 2022–

San Diego law firm Estey & Bomberger confirms that the University of Michigan has agreed to a global/total settlement agreement which provides for a monetary payment of $490,000,000.00 to survivors of Dr. Anderson’s sexual abuse. Lawyer Stephen Estey was a key player in the plaintiff’s steering committee, which negotiated the biggest ever settlement for male victims of sexual abuse.

“This settlement is another historic step toward truly holding perpetrators and enablers of abuse accountable for their actions,” Attorney Estey said. “I am touched by the trust placed in us by the 75 survivors we represent.”

“I am grateful that UM finally made this offer to remedy a lifetime of harm caused by Dr. Anderson to more than 1,000 victims, harm that UM knew about as far back as 1969,” said survivor and litigant Bill Herndon. “I appreciate the tireless work and extraordinary compassion of the people at Estey & Bomberger throughout this ordeal. Their support has been incredible.

Final details are still being worked out, according to Estey. However, a vote to approve the global settlement is expected soon. The committee anticipates that the allocation and distribution of the global settlement amount will resemble the process successfully employed in recent settlements with Michigan State University, United States Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee in the Larry Nassar cases, including the use of a third-party dispatcher and a limited “holdback” of $30 million for future claimants.

Estey credits the incredible amount of courage, strength and bravery of survivors over many years for the success.

The case was resolved after two years of fierce litigation and the specter of the passage of a bill, which would have stripped UM of its statute of limitations defenses.

Estey & Bomberger specializes in sexual assault cases and has the most significant verdicts in single-person sexual assault cases in US history.



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