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Penn State Retains Firm to Aid in Possible Settlement of Lawsuits

by on September 20, 2012 11:58 AM

Penn State announced on Thursday the law firm of Feinberg Rozen LLP has been brought in to help with the possible settlement of lawsuits that have and could still be filed in connection with the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

According to a news release, the law firm, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., has received national recognition for helping to resolve mass litigation in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 and the Massey coal mine explosion in West Virginia in 2010.

Both Kenneth Feinberg and Michael Rozen will make themselves available to assist Penn State, the victims of Sandusky and their counsel, Penn State said.

Penn State said the hope is that aid efforts from the law firm will occur over a concentrated, three-month period with an attempt to resolve all of the outstanding and anticipated litigation by the end of the year.

"In retaining Feinberg Rozen LLP, with their nationally-recognized expertise, we are seeking to make sure we do the right thing in terms of providing a just outcome for the victims," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "We hope to enable a process that will result in settlement of many of the civil cases so that the victims will not have to be drawn through legal process."

"We have been retained by Penn State to help both the University and individuals alleging sexual abuse reach a voluntary settlement in those individual cases where terms and conditions can be agreed upon," said Feinberg. "We are not administering a compensation fund and have no binding authority to compel a settlement. We will merely facilitate the effort and only in those cases where individuals and their lawyers are so inclined. Having managed similar cases in the past we are confident we can help all parties involved in this matter and are pleased to have been selected for such an important role."

For more information contact Penn State spokesperson David La Torre at (717) 608-6337 or

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