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Sandusky Case: It's Penn State vs. Insurer Over Costs of Civil Case

by on May 01, 2012 6:00 AM

Penn State's request to move its dispute with its insurer over costs generated by a civil case in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal from Philadelphia to Centre County has been denied. 

The Legal Intelligencer published a full report on the details of the most recent motion and the case, including that a Philadelphia judge ruled litigating in Philadelphia is not an "inconvenient forum" for the university. 

According to the report, it seems to be the final order regarding the location of the coverage litigation. 

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer, who issued the order denying Penn State's request to transfer, added a footnote in which he said Penn State failed to demonstrate Philadelphia was an "oppressive and vexatious" forum to the university and its witnesses," according to The Legal Intelligencer.

"At best, defendant PSU has merely shown that Philadelphia is an inconvenient forum for some of its witnesses," Judge Glazer wrote. "Mere inconvenience is insufficient to transfer venue."

Penn State's insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturer's Association Insurance Co., originally sued Penn State in January in an attempt to limit the costs for which the university could try to claim coverage in a case that resulted from the Sandusky scandal. 

Penn State fought back, "alleging PMA breached its contract with the school and acted in bad faith by both initially denying coverage and then following with a lawsuit," the report said. 

The full report is available here.

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