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Penn State Legal, PR Costs Dealing With Jerry Sandusky Scandal Reach $27 Million In Nov.

by on February 15, 2013 1:06 PM

The latest totals are in: As of Nov. 30, Penn State has spent $27,663,423 paying public relations firms, lawyers and other expenses – that do not include the $60 million fine or unknown amounts in civil litigation — dealing with the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

University officials update the totals on a regular basis as they become available, which generally takes about 40-45 days, per Penn State's 'Progress' website. 

The costs are expected to be reimbursed by Penn State's insurer, and the fees are a separate entity from the $60 million fine agreed to by university and the NCAA as part of its sanctions. Penn State paid the first installment of five $12 million payments into an escrow fund on Dec. 20. 

Those payments will not be distributed until a lawsuit is settled filed by Sen. Jake Corman (R-34), who is attempting to keep all of the fine money within Pennsylvania. 

Totals can also be found on Penn State's 'Progress' website and are as follows: 

Board of Trustees - Internal Investigation and Crisis Communications$13,084,105

  • Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Ketchum
  • Kekst and Company Inc.
  • Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.
  • Domus Inc
  • The Academy Group

University Legal Services/Defense$7,478,235

  • Saul Ewing
  • Duane Morris
  • Lanny J. Davis and Associates
  • Jenner & Block LLPML Strategies
  • Lee, Green & Reiter Inc.
  • McQuaide Blasko
  • Document Technologies, Inc.

Externally Initiated Investigations$1,302,838

  • Margolis & Healy
  • Lightfoot, Franklin, White LCC
  • Buchanan Ingersoll

Indemnified Persons' Legal Defense*: (Schultz, Curley, Spanier): $3,955,718

  • Farrell & Reisinger
  • Caroline M. Roberto
  • Vaira & Riley
  • Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Klink & Co.
  • Corporate Security and Investigation
  • Bix-X-Bit, LLC
  • Gover, Perry, & Shore
  • Gentile Meinert Assoc
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • General Employees' Defense

Other Institutional Expenses$1,842,527

Total as of Nov. 30: $27,663,423

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30-60 year sentence in a single cell in SCI Greene, a maximum security prison about three hours away from State College. He was convicted in June on 45 of 48 counts in a child sexual abuse case. 

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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