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Sandusky Legal Impact Excedes $16.7 Million

Penn State’s legal expenses have now exceeded $16.7 million as of June 30, according to the Penn State Progress website.

The largest chunk of that expense, amounting to $9,972,854, comes from “Internal Investigation and Crisis Communication. On the top of that list is “Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan,” the publishers of the Freeh Commission’s internal investigation, which cost Penn State $6.5 million.

The University has also spent $1,344,091 on Gary Schultz, Tim Curley, and Graham Spanier’s legal expenses, which should really raise some eyebrows.

The entire breakdown can be found below:

  • Internal Investigation and Crisis Communications: $9,972,854
    • Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan
    • Reed Smith LLP
    • Ketchum
    • Kekst and Company Inc.
    • Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.
    • Domus Inc
    • The Academy Group
  • University Legal Services/Defense: $3,941,776
    • Saul Ewing
    • Duane Morris
    • Lanny J. Davis and Associates
    • Jenner & Block LLP
    • ML Strategies
    • Lee, Green & Reiter Inc.
    • McQuaide Blasko
    • Document Technologies, Inc.
  • Externally Initiated Investigations: $56,182
    • Margolis & Healy
  • Officers Legal Defense* (Schultz, Curley, Spanier): $1,611,445
    • Farrell & Reisinger
    • Caroline M. Roberto
    • Vaira & Riley
    • Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP
    • Klink & Co.
    • Corporate Security and Investigation
    • Bix-X-Bit, LLC
    • Gover, Perry, & Shore
    • Gentile Meinert Assoc
    • Fox Rothschild LLP
    • General Employees’ Defense
  • Other Institutional Expenses: $1,171,892
    • Total as of June 30, 2012: $16,754,149

The openness website says that so far, only three civil cases have been filed against Penn State relating to the Sandusky scandal. None of those cases have been settled yet, and there are undoubtedly more to come against Penn State from former victims of Sandusky who will likely be able to successfully claim that Penn State was negligent in bringing Sandusky to justice.

Indeed, this is only the tip of the iceberg in what could be years of legal battles and victim settlements for Dear Old State.

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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