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Michigan State U. ousts lawyer but he’ll still be paid

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Robert Young Jr. has been ousted as the top lawyer at Michigan State University.

Acting President Satish Udpa says Young was “relieved of his duties” Friday as vice president and general counsel. Young, a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, joined MSU last year when John Engler was interim president.

Engler was removed by university trustees on Jan. 17.

Young had more than two years remaining on a three-year contract worth $425,000 a year. MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant says Young will be paid the full amount.

Young played a critical role in the $500 million settlement with sexual-assault victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar .

In a written statement, Udpa said: “We appreciate that Bob stepped in last year to help the university with the settlement and many legal issues.”

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