Lawsuit Over Max Gruver’s Death Will Continue Against LSU

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com The civil lawsuit filed by the family of Max Gruvercontinues on. Gruver died in a hazing incident in the Phi Delta Theta house at Louisiana State University (LSU). Among other defendants, the Gruver family...
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In Tennessee, Hazing Victims Might Be Liable for Their Own Injuries

 Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com DeAudric Halmon filed suit against Lane College alleging he had been severely hazed by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, a recognized student organization of the College. He claimed to have been blindfolded regularly, “beaten,...
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New Title IX Regulations: What Do They Mean for Greek Life?

 Micah Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, mkamrass@fraternallaw.com On May 6, 2020, the United States Department of Education announced the much-anticipated new Title IX Regulations, which become effective on August 14, 2020. These regulations apply to all schools, public and private, that...
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Bloomington Zoning Ordinance Unconstitutional Says Indiana Court Of Appeals

Sean P. Callan, Fraternal Law Partners, sean.callan@fraternallaw.com To say Indiana University (“IU”) aggressively sanctions fraternities and sororities may understate IU’s posture. In the 2019–2020 academic year, about half of IU Greek letter organizations, men’s and women’s groups, found themselves under...
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Federal Court Dismisses Attack on Single-Sex Membership of Fraternities at Yale

Clark Brown, General Counsel, North American Interfraternity Conference In 2018, several female Yale undergraduates, all members of a student group named Engender, brought claims for discrimination in a place of public accommodation in the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and...
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The First Convictions In The Death Of Collin Wiant Are In – More To Come

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com Collin Wiant died on November 12, 2018. On February 27, 2020, the first three of nine students charged in his hazing-related death plead guilty and were convicted. Dominic Figliola was convicted of hazing and...
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Lawsuit Filed Following Tragic Death At Cornell

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com To require or cajole a potential new member or pledge to drink anything to the point of being sick, especially alcohol, is the opposite of what brotherhood or sisterhood in a Greek organization should...
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Novel Corona Virus, COVID-19

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com You think you’ve heard enough?  No doubt in the days and weeks ahead you will hear a great deal more about the efforts to stop the spread of the disease, the effects of which...
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Defendants in Andrew Coffey Hazing Death Sent Back to Trial Court to Face Felony Charges

Tim Burke, Manley Burke LPA, tburke@manleyburke.com At the party, the victim’s Big Brother provided him with “a family bottle” of bourbon and told him that it was an expectation to finish the family bottle. Many Pledges drank to the point...
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Emotional Support Bunny Case Has Settled

Ilana Linder, Manley Burke LPA, ilana.linder@manleyburke.com Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity (“AOPi”) and Alpha Omicron Pi Properties, Inc. (“AOPi Properties”) have agreed to amend the sorority’s no-pet policy as part of a settlement related to a federal discrimination lawsuit filed against...
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