A judge in Centre County ruled Tuesday that several of the claims in the lawsuit have legal merit and can proceed. That includes coaches arguing defamation and the paternos with a disparagement claim. Other counts were dismissed and some can only move forward if Penn State becomes a party to the lawsuit.
The Paternos' attorney, Wick Sollers, called the decision "a significant victory." Here's his full comment.
"The ruling by Judge Leete today allowing the critical claims in our lawsuit against the NCAA to move forward is a significant victory. We are gratified by the Judge's decision confirming that key defamation, commercial disparagement and civil conspiracy claims can proceed. This is a case that deserves transparency and due process. It is a case that can never be resolved until the full truth is known. With this ruling the bright light of legal discovery will finally shine on the facts and records of all parties involved."
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