Louisiana Legislature Amends Hazing Law to Impose stricter requirements.

Timothy M. Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com After the death of Max Gruver in 2017, the Louisiana legislature adopted one of the toughest hazing laws in the country. Now the legislature has imposed even greater requirements when it comes to reporting...
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Jury convicts Matthew Naquin of negligent homicide in the death of Max Gruver

Timothy M. Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the end of a six-day trial, a jury convicted Matthew Naquin of negligent homicide in the death of Max Gruver. Gruver died 2 years ago of alcohol poisoning...
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LSU loses motion to dismiss the Gruver Estate’s Title IX Claims

Micah Kamrass, Manley Burke, mkamrass@manleyburke.com On July 19, 2019, Chief Judge Shelly Dick of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana issued a decision that could have sweeping implications for fraternities and sororities. As part of...
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Overtime Regulation Revamp Continues Forward Under Trump Administration With Two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

John Christopher, Manley Burke, john.christopher@manleyburke.com On Thursday, March 7th, the Department of Labor published a proposed rule which, if implemented, would substantially modify the rules governing overtime pay—including increasing the salary threshold for overtime exemption from $23,660 ($455/week) to $35,308...
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California Appellate Court Breaks New Ground in Fraternity Litigation

Clark Brown, North American Interfraternity Council, General Council OVERVIEW In California, no state appellate court had considered the issues of duty of care and vicarious liability in the fraternity context until the Court of Appeal of California issued its opinion...
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Important Title IX Decision Involves Unnamed Fraternity Parties

Tim Burke, Manley Burke LPA, tburke@manleyburke.com The U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed the denial of Kansas State University’s Motions to Dismiss in a consolidated case that will likely have a lasting impact in how colleges and universities handle claims...
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California Court of Appeal Instructs on What Constitutes Minimum Due Process

Tim Burke, Manley Burke LPA, tburke@manleyburke.com It is understandable that colleges and universities are taking far more seriously issues related to sexual assault on campus than was historically the case. But, one court after another has found that far too...
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First Sentences Handed Down following Tim Piazza’s death

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com More than two years after the death of Timothy Piazza at Penn State, the first four members of the Beta Theta Pi chapter who were involved in his death have received sentences of jail terms...
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Lawsuit Alleges Disturbing Hazing

Katherine Schoepflin, Manley Burke, kschoepflin@manleyburke.com When a prospective member of a fraternity is seriously injured or dies as a result of hazing, in addition to likely criminal charges against the wrongdoers, a civil lawsuit will likely follow against the wrongdoers,...
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Charges Dismissed Against Pi Kappa Alpha

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com In December of 2017, in a highly unusual, indeed inexplicable move, Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, Inc. was indicted for hazing. Some fifteen months later, in a short Court Order, Judge Kelley Andrews—Presiding Judge of...
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