Not a month from the last meeting and less than a month before the next one, Penn State’s board of trustees will hold a special meeting this week.
A teleconference session will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday “to consider proposed settlement of pending litigation,” according to the university’s press release.
Pennsylvania Sunshine Law allows for executive sessions on certain topics, including “to consult with an attorney about real or pending litigation,” according to the Office of Open Records. However, any action on those discussions must be conducted in an open, on-the-record session.
Asked to clarify whether the meeting will be about one of the open, ongoing lawsuits the university is currently a party to, Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said in an email, “The notice says ‘pending litigation.’ There will be an executive session and then a public session streamed live on WPSU. Any discussions/details on a potential litigation settlement are with the legal team. We won’t know more until the board is apprised and possibly holds a vote on the matter.”
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Penn State is involved in a number of lawsuits, big and small.
Some, like the Paterno estate suit against the university and the NCAA or the lawsuits filed by possible victims of retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, are well-known and often heavily followed in the media.
Others attract less notice, like the spectator who claimed she fractured an elbow on a Penn State golf course cart path or the father who tried to subpoena school records for evidence in an emancipation hearing.
According to the university, Penn State Public Media will allow the public to listen to the meeting live online at http://wpsu.org/live.