Penn State Seeks Appeal in Sandusky Claims Coverage Dispute

Penn State wants permission to appeal a judge’s ruling denying it insurance coverage for certain child sexual abuse claims related to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The Legal Intelligencer said Monday university lawyers filed a motion last week seeking an immediate appeal of a ruling that concerned coverage for claims from the mid-1990s.

Penn State’s lawyers say the decision by a Philadelphia judge contradicted general insurance interpretation principles.

An attorney representing insurer Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance and a Penn State spokeswoman have declined to comment.

The judge’s opinion says the insurance company claims a boy told then-football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 he was molested by Sandusky.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of abusing boys and is in prison. He insists he’s innocent.

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