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Penn State, Paterno, Could Become Civil Lawsuit Targets

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Penn State, its officials and even Joe Paterno could see lawsuits targeted against them once the criminal case against former Penn State assistant coach is over, the New York Times reported.

Attorneys versed in similar cases say Penn State may face lawsuits because they had possible knowledge that the former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was suspected of abusing children but did not act to prevent it.  

One attorney who has represented hundreds of child abuse clients says the total number of victims of Sandusky might be very high, and that the damages could reach into the hundreds of millions. Another attorney said that because the damage to the abused victims is so profound, the damages may be immense.

Others say that collecting from a state entity isn’t as easy as it might seem, as state institutions are generally protected by a “sovereign immunity” doctrine, which might even protect state employees from torts.

Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight boys, including at least one in the football locker room, over a 15 year span. Tim Curley, the athletic director at Penn State, and Gary Schultz, the senior vice president for finance and business have been charged with perjury and failing to report what they knew about the allegations against Sandusky. disclaimer: This article: Penn State, Paterno, Could Become Civil Lawsuit Targets was posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 9:34 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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