NCAA Slams Paterno Family's Move To Grab Defamation Win

Law360, Philadelphia (June 17, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT) -- The NCAA said Tuesday that the estate of late Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno cannot claim victory in a suit over fallout from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal simply by arguing that the league did not  adequately deny defamation and other claims.

The NCAA told a Pennsylvania state judge that the Paterno estate was attempting to avoid having to prove its defamation and commercial disparagement claims by arguing that the association’s answer to the complaint had failed to include sufficiently specific denials of the allegations.

“Despite abundant opportunity, plaintiffs never raised the answer’s purported lack of specificity with...

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