Penn State sues insurer over Sandusky coverage

    Penn State says in a new lawsuit that its insurance carrier isn’t honoring its legal obligation to cover it for claims related to sexual misconduct by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    The 18-page complaint filed by the university in Bellefonte Tuesday said it has been sued or contacted by 29 claimants but the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Insurance Company isn’t providing coverage.

     

    The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and bad faith, saying Penn State is entitled to damages and costs.

    The filing lists five lawsuits and letters from attorneys for 24 other claimants who have contacted the university related to Sandusky.

    Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ spokeswoman Diane Nafranowicz said Wednesday the company isn’t commenting.

    Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for sexual abuse of 10 boys, and is pursuing appeals.

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