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Altoona Mirror: Hazing Death Lawsuit is “Groundbreaking”

Doug Fierberg’s representation of hazing death victim, Marquise Braham, discussed in Altoona Mirror article.

The father of deceased Penn State Altoona student and fraternity member, Marquise Braham, is suing the university, the national Phihazing death victim, hazing wrongful death, hazing death, fraternity hazing death, wrongful death, wrongful death lawsuit, hazing wrongful death, hazing death lawsuit Sigma Kappa fraternity, two officers of the Altoona campus fraternity – Eric Traister and Andrew O’Connor – and others in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in the hazing death of his son.

The attorney representing Braham in the civil lawsuit, School Violence Law’s own Doug Fierberg of The Fierberg National Law Group, said Braham has a groundbreaking lawsuit that could change how universities nationwide supply information about fraternities:

“If we set the precedent that schools are obligated to tell the truth of student groups, it will change schools.” 

Fierberg is also the lead attorney in a hazing death case at Baruch College in New York City.

Read the full December 17 article here.

Lady Gaga Shows Support for Sexual Assault Survivors In New Music Video

Sexual assault survivor and world renowned recording arti, Lady Gaga, brings awareness to the sexual violence epidemic across the country in new video, “Til It Happens To You.”

“Til It Happens To You”, is a score for the documentary, The Hunting Ground.

The Hunting Ground has garnered national media attention due to its powerful and accurate depiction of sexual violence culture on college campuses, as well as for uncovering the numerous, fundamental flaws in in the system of justice for survivors.

“The [music video] shows four young people of different races and orientation who are sexually assaulted, and how the attacks affect them. Its ending reflects the women who have spoken out about being assaulted.” – The Huffington Post

Doug Fierberg and the issues taken on by this firm are portrayed in the film.

Alongside Doug Fierberg, attorneys Cari Simon, Monica Beck and Jonathon Fazzola of The Fierberg National Law Group work exclusively on behalf of victims of sexual violence and rape in schools.

(TRIGGER WARNING: Includes explicit instances of sexual violence)

Click here to learn more about the video.

Indictment in Fraternity Death Case: Michael Deng

Press Release Announces Indictment in Fatal Hazing of Michael Deng.

Today’s press release from Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department announces the indictment of the fraternity and many of its members in the fraternity hazing death of Michael Deng.

On behalf of our client, Michael Deng, and his family, we applaud the police and district attorney’s office in taking this bold step in obtaining justice for Michael’s tragic, preventable death.  These individuals and their fraternity must and will be brought to justice.


In response to this news, Michael’s family released the following statement:

“Today, the parents of Michael Deng applaud the actions by the police, grand jury and Monroe County District Attorneys to bring criminal charges against the Pi Delta Psi Fraternity and its members for the tragic, entirely preventable hazing death of Michael.  Too many families have been devastated as a result of fraternity hazing, with at least one student dying every year from hazing since 1970.  Fraternities and their members must be held accountable, and this step by authorities is an important one.  Michael was a wonderful, beloved young man, and, in his honor, the family will also continue pursuing its wrongful death case against the fraternity to cause it and other fraternities to change so that other parents will be spared the loss of a precious child.”

Multi-million dollar judgments in lawsuits against elementary school teacher for abuse of children

Our lawyers are pleased to have obtained millions of dollars in final judgments to resolve federal lawsuits filed on behalf of 4 students who were abused and videotaped by their third grade teacher. In addition to substantial financial settlements against their school district – enough to forever change their lives, heal with professional help, attend college and fund their life pursuits – the law firm obtained $4 Million in judgments against their former teacher. If this abuser is ever released from prison and earns a dime, that dime and every one thereafter belongs to our clients. While it may never amount to a lot of money, it’s the principle and delivery of justice for victims of school violence that endures for these clients. Kudos also go out to our tenacious local counsel in North Carolina – part of our school violence team – Robert Tatum and Laura O’Connor.