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No mediation in Penn State lawsuit

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A judge overseeing a lawsuit about the $60 million fine imposed on Penn State by the NCAA as part of a consent decree after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal says the case won't be put into a court-run mediation program.

Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Wednesday denied a request by the state treasurer and the senator who brought the lawsuit, saying they're free to keep negotiating with Penn State and the NCAA on their own. She says there's no new information they're closer to a deal.

The judge says she's reluctant to take "unwarranted action" that could delay the trial, scheduled for January.

The lawsuit began to enforce a law requiring the fine to remain within Pennsylvania. It's been widened to address the legality of the consent decree.

Sandusky was convicted but denies molesting children.