PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Settlement Talks Underway With At Least 20 Sandusky Accusers

Penn State University has officially begun settlement talks with at least 20 of Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse accusers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The number of accusers in those talks means that there are more than the double the number of victims that testified during the highly publicized trial, which came to a close this past week when Sandusky was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.

The potential settlements are being negotiated with the eight victims that testified during the trial, four additional victims who have came forward in the media, and eight or more that have not yet come forward. The university has not yet begun vetting the settlement claims, according to comments from negotiator Michael K. Rozen in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“All of these claims will be very different from one another factually and potentially legally,” Rozen told the Inquirer. “We’re having lots of discussions so far about how to go about evaluating them.” Rozen and partner Kenneth R. Feinberg were hired to handle all Sandusky-related settlement negotiations. Their firm is no stranger to high-profile cases such as the Penn State scandal, as they previously handled the 9/11 victims compensation fund and the BP Gulf oil spill settlements.”

Discussions with lawyers for the accusers are still in preliminary stages as Rozen and Feinberg continue to work on criteria to evaluate the cases individually.

“Right now, we’re trying to think through how we transparently — both to the claimants and the university — put the claims into some sort of hierarchy,” Rozen said. “Because there’s so much attention being paid to this, we don’t think we can have 20 separate negotiations and 20 separate resolutions.” He added that Penn State University president Rodney Erickson hopes have all of the cases settled by the end of 2012.

“There appears to be an overwhelming appetite on the Penn State side for these claims to be settled,” said Tom Kline to the Inquirer, an attorney who represents the victim identified in as Victim 5 from his testimony as a prosecution witness in the Sandusky trial.

It is unclear how much the university would be willing to pay to any individual victim, though Erickson has expressed that he wants to ensure that all of the accusers receive “fair compensation” from the settlements.

The Board of Trustees  will also hold a special meeting on October 26 to authorize a subcommittee to deal with the legal proceedings of the settlement claims.

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


More by Zach

Penn Stater Named To Olympic Committee’s Centre for Safe Sport’s Inaugural Board

The Center for Safe Sport was recently created to tackle the issue of protecting America’s athletes. Penn State will be represented on the inaugural board by chief ethics and compliance officer Regis Becker.

A Valentine’s Day Trio Of Penn State Love Stories

Penn State To Celebrate 161st Birthday Next Week


Big Ten Releases Men’s And Women’s Basketball Schedules

Penn State men’s basketball will kick off the Big Ten’s first-ever 20-game conference stretch with a pair of games in early December, while the Lady Lions have a slate featuring games against five NCAA Tournament teams at home.

Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Student Life

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Freshman 101: Helpful Links

Nominations Now Open For Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Mayor Don Hahn Plans To Veto Overnight Parking Restrictions In Highlands Neighborhood

Those in favor of the ordinance plan to consider overturning the veto at a special meeting next Monday.

Video Recovery, Alcohol Education The Focus As New Preliminary Hearing Begins For Former Beta Theta Pi Brothers

Seven former Beta Theta Pi brothers were back in court on Tuesday for another preliminary hearing  in the Penn State fraternity hazing case stemming from the 2017 death of pledge Timothy Piazza.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Send this to a friend