HARRISBURG (AP) – Penn State’s negotiator for civil claims involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said Friday the school has been in talks with 28 people and settlement discussions with some claimants could soon produce results.
The number of claimants is 18 more than were involved in Sandusky’s criminal case this summer, when eight young men testified they were assaulted by Sandusky. Prosecutors were not able to identify two victims.
Ken Feinberg told the Associated Press that the talks have gone well and he is hopeful they will yield settlements in the coming weeks.
No one has pulled out of the negotiations, and he said a realistic timetable for settlements is “the near future. I think the process will be successful, yes I do.”
Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi, who represents multiple claimants in the talks, said there was “still some ground that needs to be made up.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m quite as optimistic as he is,” Andreozzi said. “I do think it’s been a positive process and both parties are acting in good faith so far. I would say I’m cautiously optimistic.”
Lawyer Joel Feller, who represents several other claimants, said the discussions he’s had so far have been “productive.”
“We are getting close to the point to determine whether the cases can or cannot be settled,” Feller said.
Feinberg said the 28 claims are being handled on an accelerated basis now that the holidays are over.
“This is not a group settlement,” he said. “We’re looking at each individual claim.”