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Paterno Suit May Move Forward Against the NCAA

The Court of Common Pleas of Centre County, Pennsylvania entered an order granting preliminary objections set forth by the NCAA and denying others. In pertinent part, the Court ruled that it would be “unjust” to rule on Pennsylvania State University’s (“Penn State”) agreement with the NCAA (i.e., the Consent Decree) and, thus, concluded that any and all claims associated with the Consent Decree were dismissed. The Court also sustained objections to claims for intentional interference with prospective contract, but will allow the Plaintiffs the oppportunity to replead the cause of action. However, the Plaintiffs may move forward on various defamation and civil conspiracy claims.

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