NEW YORK, Sept 20 - Pennsylvania State University has hired a high-profile law firm to try to settle suits arising from the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal by the end of the year, the school said on Thursday.
The Washington law firm of Feinberg Rozen LLP has been hired to help with potential out-of-court settlements, the university said in a statement.
The law firm will be working to close claims out of court “over a concentrated, three-month period” and wrap them up by the end of the year, the statement said.
Two former university officials face charges of perjury and failing to report suspected abuse arising from Sandusky’s assault of boy in a Penn State shower in 2001.
At least three of Sandusky’s victims are suing the university. Sandusky’s lawyers have put the number of potential victims at almost 20.
Within minutes of Sandusky’s conviction, Penn State said it was inviting victims to try to resolve claims against the school as fast as possible.
The New York Post newspaper said on Thursday that the teenager who triggered the prosecution of Sandusky had a book coming out next month.
He also will give his first interview to ABC News, timed to the release of the book, the Post said.