Hearing set for Tuesday on Paterno lawsuit against NCAA

From CDT staff reportsOctober 28, 2013 

Lawyers for the family of Joe Paterno and the NCAA will make oral arguments in front of a judge Tuesday about whether a lawsuit against the organization should be dismissed.

The Paterno lawsuit asks a judge the reverse the sanctions the NCAA leveled on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The Paternos and other plaintiffs including Penn State trustees and former Nittany Lion coaches and players claim the NCAA sidestepped its rule book when it imposed the sanctions.

The lawsuit claims breach of contract, defamation, commercial disparagement and interference with contracts or civil conspiracy.

The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in courtroom No. 1 in the Centre County Courthouse. Out-of-county Senior Judge John B. Leete has been assigned to the case.

The NCAA’s lawyers have said the lawsuit lacks legal merit and should be dismissed.

Penn State is not a party in the lawsuit.

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