Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Penn State seeks appeal in insurance case

Jerry Sandusky speaks out entering the Centre County Courthouse

Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. for a hearing May 2, 2016. Sandusky has filed a petition under Pennsylvania’s Post Conviction Relief Act, seeking a new trial.
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Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. for a hearing May 2, 2016. Sandusky has filed a petition under Pennsylvania’s Post Conviction Relief Act, seeking a new trial.

Penn State still contests a decision on who pays what regarding settlements with Jerry Sandusky abuse claimants.

The university filed new documents Friday in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, a motion to amend Judge Gary Glazer’s May order.

The real point of that order was a granting of partial summary judgment for Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Co., the university’s liability insurer. Penn State had been looking to that insurance coverage for payouts of claims.

The university has settled 32 claims for about $93 million.

Penn State wants to see the case kicked to another court.

“Penn State believes that allowing the Superior Court to address ... the court’s interpretation of the (abuse or molestation exclusion) may materially advance the ultimate termination of this matter,” university attorneys wrote.

The AME was a standard exculusion, the filing stated. PMA claimed that the AME barred all coverage for the university policies from 1992 to 1999. Penn State disagreed.

Glazer’s ruling said that PMA was responsible for some claims, but that there were changes to how many were paid from which of the several policies the university held over the years.

“With respect to any PMA policy year, the number of occurrences for the Sandusky-related claims is equal to the number of victims who were first abused that year,” he wrote.

The Glazer order is more known for a tidbit of information that reignited the Sandusky controversy. The judge pointed to claims of abuse that go back to 1976.

The university confirmed settlements back to 1971.

Sandusky is seeking a new trial. He was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse crimes in 2012.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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