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"I don't know," Messerly said when asked about a possible connection. "I honestly can't say if that played much of a role at all."
"I'm obviously disappointed that Mayo brought the motion to display their names, but at trial their identities would have been disclosed anyway," Messerly said.
"Probably, if you asked every victim, they might have a different feeling about it (name disclosure), which is only natural," Messerly said.
Details of the settlements are not being disclosed, according to the agreements.
"One thing Mayo purchased along with the settlement was confidentiality, and given the nature of the touching here, our clients are very happy as well," Messerly said.
"I think it was fair," he added. "I think if you ask the other side, I think they would say the same thing; that it's a just result for all parties."
"The good thing is this is finally over for everyone," Messerly said. "This will be healing for more than just the parties involved -- for the community to put this sad chapter behind."
Messerly said the court documents related to the settlements covered all 26 cases, including four handled by another law firm.
As terms for dismissing two other counts,
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