PSU Retains Firm to Assist with Possible Settlements Related to Sandusky Matter
By David La Torre, Penn State
Penn State has retained the law firm of Feinberg Rozen LLP to help facilitate the possible settlement of all outstanding personal injury litigation arising out of allegations of sexual abuse in connection with the Sandusky matter, according to a press release issued by the University.
The law firm – headquartered in Washington, D.C. – has received national recognition for helping to resolve mass litigation arising out of 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 R. Feinberg and Michael K. Rozen will be available to assist Penn State, the victims of Sandusky and their counsel.
It is anticipated that the facilitation effort will take place over a concentrated, three-month period in the hope that all outstanding and anticipated litigation can be resolved 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.”