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Judge postpones decision on Paterno family lawsuit

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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1999 file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky during Penn State Media Day at State College, Pa. A lawsuit by Joe Paterno's family and others against the NCAA is scheduled to go to court Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, one day after Penn State announced settlements with 26 young men over claims of abuse by Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1999 file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky during Penn State Media Day at State College, Pa. A lawsuit by Joe Paterno's family and others against the NCAA is scheduled to go to court Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, one day after Penn State announced settlements with 26 young men over claims of abuse by Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge plans to issue a written opinion about whether a lawsuit filed by the family of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno against the NCAA should be allowed to go forward.

After a 3½-hour argument session Tuesday in Bellefonte, Pa., Judge John B. Leete did not say when he planned to rule.

College sports' governing body is asking the court to throw out the lawsuit.

Leete is considering a host of issues, including whether Penn State itself is an indispensable party to the lawsuit, which challenges the NCAA penalties imposed on the university as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

The Paterno family and other plaintiffs allege breach of contract, contract interference, defamation, civil conspiracy and commercial disparagement.

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