HARRISBURG -- A Pennsylvania judge says Penn State University must be part of the case in order for parts of a lawsuit against the NCAA by Joe Paterno's family and others to proceed.
The 25-page opinion issued Tuesday by Judge John Leete delivered a mixed decision by dismissing some elements, keeping alive others and leaving the door open for an amended lawsuit to be filed.
Judge Leete says breach of contract claims can't continue without Penn State's participation.
The judge is throwing out a claim of interference with contractual relations but keeping in place commercial disparagement and civil conspiracy elements.
He's tossing parts of the defamation allegations, except as they apply to a trustee and former coaches who sued.
The NCAA says it's reviewing the decision, and plaintiffs' lawyers haven't responded to messages.