Inactivity Results in Eviction by Stanford University, Leaving $32 Million Dollar Chapter Home Standing Empty Despite Its History 

Hanna Puthoff,1 Fraternal Law Partners, hanna.puthoff@manleyburke.com Sigma Chi’s Alpha Omega Housing Corporation (the “House Corporation”) and its local Alpha Omega Chapter (the “Chapter”) at Stanford University (“Stanford” or the “University”) have found themselves with a terminated lease following a suspension...
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MSU Put on Notice of Shooting Victims’ Intents to Sue

Haellie Gordon,[1] Fraternal Law Partners, hgordon@manleyburke.com                                                                    ...
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Lawsuit  Against Kappa Kappa Gamma Over Transgender Member Dismissed

As many of our readers are aware, Kappa Kappa Gamma was sued earlier this year by several members who took issue with the decision to admit a transgender woman as a member of the sorority. Given the significance of the...
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Kappa Kappa Gamma Sued Over Transgender Member

Timothy M. Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com In late March of this year, seven Jane Does “on behalf of themselves and derivatively on behalf of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity,”[1] filed suit in federal court in Wyoming against the Kappa Kappa...
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Washington Passes the “Sam Martinez Stop Hazing Law”

Tarik Terry,1 Fraternal Law Partners, tarik.terry@manleyburke.com   On May 1, 2023, the state of Washington passed the “Sam Martinez Stop Hazing Law,” making hazing a felony. This newly enacted law adds to Washington’s comprehensive anti-hazing legislation known as “Sam’s Law”...
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University of Cincinnati Sued by Title IX Respondent

Abby Napier,[1] Fraternal Law Partners, abby.napier@manleyburke.com   The University of Cincinnati (the “University”) has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging inadequacies in its Title IX investigation procedures. John Noakes (an alias), a student at the University, was...
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Chef Serves Up Lawsuit for Racial Discrimination in the Sorority House  

Hanna Puthoff,1 Fraternal Law Partners, hanna.puthoff@manleyburke.com The Delta Zeta Sorority and its Sigma Chapter of Delta Zeta House Corporation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have found themselves among many named defendants in an employment discrimination suit arising from events taking place...
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Adam Oakes’ Family Files Damage Action Against Delta Chi Fraternity

Timothy M. Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Adam Oakes, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University (“VCU”), died of alcohol poisoning allegedly resulting from hazing at a Big Brother event organized by members of the campus’s Delta Chi Chapter.  Since that...
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Gruver Jury Trial Outcome

Micah E. Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, mkamrass@manleyburke.com Earlier this month, a jury found that the Gruver family was entitled to $6,100,000 as damages because of the 2017 death of Max Gruver. Gruver was hazed to death by members of the...
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Last Straw in Las Cruces: New Mexico State University Releases Men’s Basketball Head Coach Amidst Hazing Allegations

Haellie Gordon, [1] Fraternal Law Partners, hgordon@manleyburke.com   On Tuesday, February 14, 2023, New Mexico State University (“NMSU”) fired its first-year men’s basketball head coach, Greg Heiar, and suspended the remainder of the team’s 2023 season.[1] This decision came as...
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