Smith v. Delta Tau Delta Amicus Brief

Fraternal Law Partners filed an Amicus Brief in Smith v. Delta Tau Delta on behalf of 23 national and international women’s organizations.  The case involves a wrongful death claim against Delta Tau Delta national fraternity, among others, after the alcohol-related death of a Delta Tau Delta pledge at Wabash College.  Procedurally, the trial court granted Delta Tau Delta’s motion for summary judgment that (i) Delta Tau Delta did not assume a duty of care to the plaintiff and (ii) no agency relationship existed between Delta Tau Delta and the Wabash chapter.  The Indiana court of appeals reversed relying on evidence that Delta Tau Delta “promulgated rules and enforcement procedures focused on hazing and alcohol abuse”.  Smith v. Delta Tau Delta, et al, 988 N.E.2d at 337. For more information regarding the Court of Appeal’s decision please see the article titled “Smith v. Delta Tau Delta” in the May 2013 issue of Fraternal Law.  To read the brief in full, please click the “Read Full Story” link below.

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