October 30, 2014
DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan High School Athletic Association has agreed to pay $6 million in legal fees in a landmark case that changed the seasons for girls basketball and volleyball.
The MHSAA would immediately pay $2.5 million, then make smaller
annual payments until May 2015.
Without a settlement, the high school association could be on the hook for millions more, including interest.
A group called Communities for Equity filed a lawsuit in federal court in 1998, claiming prep sports seasons discriminated against girls and violated state and federal law. In 2001, a federal judge in Kalamazoo agreed.
The deal on legal fees was filed Wednesday and needs the approval of U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney.