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Penn State Tops $45.9 Million in Costs Related to Jerry Sandusky Scandal

by on June 11, 2013 4:31 PM

Costs continue to rise with Penn State continuing to pay the price for the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. As of March 31, the university has forked over $45,881,904 to pay for bills generated by the scandal. The latest figures show that Penn State spent about $1.4 million over the past three months.

Penn State totals the costs as they become available and posts them, broken down into categories, on the university's progress website

Penn State paid the first $12 million of its $60 million fine into an escrow fund in December. Penn State's costs also include legal fees, public relations work and consultant costs. University officials say they expect some of the costs to be covered by Penn State's insurer. 

The fees, as compiled by Penn State, are as follows: 

  • NCAA Fine: $12,000,000

Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan/Pepper Hamilton LLP$8,159,083 Costs associated with putting together the Freeh Report.

Independent Monitor: $1,495,182 Cost for independent monitor (former Sen. George Mitchell) hired to make sure Penn State acts in accordance with the Freeh report. Mitchell is expected to release his fourth quarterly report on Penn State in August.

  • DLA Piper, LLP

Board of Trustees - Legal Services, Consulting Services and Communications$6,200,980

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Ketchum
  • Kekst and Company Inc.
  • Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.
  • Domus Inc
  • The Academy Group
  • TAI
  • KPMG
  • Guidepost Solutions

University Legal Services/Defense$9,724,432

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

Externally Initiated Investigations$615,155

  • Margolis & Healy
  • Lightfoot, Franklin, White LCC
  • Buchanan Ingersoll
  • Saul Ewing
  • Other

Indemnified Persons' Legal Defense: $5,802,541 These are costs associated with the legal defense for former Penn State administrators Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier.

  • Farrell & Reisinger
  • Caroline M. Roberto
  • Vaira & Riley
  • Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Gover, Perry, & Shore
  • Gentile Meinert Assoc
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • General Indemnified Persons' Defense
  • Various Vendors

Other Institutional Expenses$1,884,531

Total as of Dec. 31, 2012: $45,881,904

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30-60 year prison sentence. He was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse last June.

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