BELLEFONTE — The judge overseeing the Mike McQueary whistle-blower lawsuit against Penn State has set a hearing in March for arguments over the university’s objections to the suit.
Senior Judge Thomas Gavin ordered the hearing Friday afternoon, hours after McQueary’s attorney filed a separate motion in Centre County court asking that Penn State’s preliminary objections be thrown out.
McQueary has filed a $4 million whistle-blower and defamation lawsuit against Penn State for allegedly ruining his reputation and branding him as part of a cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
In Penn State’s preliminary objections to the suit, university attorney Nancy Conrad wrote that McQueary was not defamed when former university president Graham Spanier issued a statement in November 2011 in support of then-administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.
McQueary claimed in his lawsuit that Curley and Schultz misrepresented how they would respond to his report that he saw Jerry Sandusky in the shower with a young boy in 2001 when McQueary was a graduate assistant.
In Penn State’s objections, Conrad also wrote that McQueary’s claims were not specific enough for a whistle-blower suit.
In a response filed Friday, Elliot Strokoff, who is representing McQueary, claimed Penn State’s objections were without legal merit, and asked the judge to overrule them.
Gavin will hear arguments from both sides at a hearing set for 11 a.m. March 18 in the Centre County Courthouse.
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