Gov. Corbett's suit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal may be over - but the legal tab continues.
As of July 18th, the latest available time period, the state had paid out $382,852.37 to the Philadelphia law firm of Cozen O'Connor, which was earlier this year to assist Corbett’s in-house attorneys in the federal anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA.
Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, spokesman for the governor's Office of General Counsel, said that figure will rise as the law firm submits its remaining invoices.
"We should have the final numbers by mid-August," Frederiksen said.
The latest legal bill tab was first reported on PennLive.com.
According to state records, the Corbett administration signed a $200,000 contract with Cozen O'Connor to handle the NCAA case in January with an initial $200,000 cap for total costs. In April, the contract was increased to $400,000 to cover attorneys' fees, ranging from $290 to $545 an hour.
If the amount ends up exceeding $400,000, Frederiksen said the contract will have to be amended again.
The sanctions that the Corbett administration were fighting were ordered following the 2012 conviction of Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, who is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for sexually abusing 10 boys.
Under an agreement accepted by Penn State, the NCAA fined the football powerhouse $60 million, banned it from postseason play for four years, and invalidated 112 wins from Joe Paterno's final years as coach.
Corbett had argued that the sanctions posed a threat to the market for top athletes and would damage a broad spectrum of the economy. The NCAA disputed that contention and said it took what it called "extraordinary action" to protect the integrity of collegiate athletics.
U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane dismissed the suit last month, saying it amounted to a failed "Hail Mary" pass.
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