Five more victims settled child sex abuse claims against Pennsylvania State University in connection with its former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
And there was a possibility of two more finalizing claims before the end of the evening, said Michael K. Rozen, the university-hired lawyer working on the settlements.
That would bring the total to eight - nearly a third of the 26 cases expected to be settled as part of a global agreement. The first case, a multi-million dollar settlement involving a 25-year-old man known as Victim 5 who said he was assaulted in a campus shower, was completed last Friday.
Victims identified in the court proceedings as 2, 3, 7 and 10 also have settled, said Philadelphia lawyer Joel Feller, whose firm represents seven victims. Victim 2 is the man who said he was assaulted in a shower room, an encounter witnessed and reported by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary.
Feller said he expected his other cases to be completed soon as well.
The university has approved spending $60 million to settle the cases.