Experts on sexual abuse lawsuits say Penn State University could face years of litigation over Jerry Sandusky's abuse of children, but the school is also doing some things that may limit the damage.
Altoona Attorney Richard Serbin says a report released last week by former FBI Director Louis Freeh provides extensive leads for victims' lawyers. Serbin has handled more than 150 sexual abuse cases over the course of his career.
But the very fact the school supported and paid for such a hard-hitting inquiry could help convince the victims that Penn State has changed its ways, says Max Kennerly, a Philadelphia attorney who thinks settlements could range from $1-million to $10-million per victim.
Last week a trustee said the university's lawyers plan to reach out to plaintiffs' lawyers to discuss settling cases.