Michigan: Fraternity Hazing Death
Estate of Deceased College Student v. Numerous Defendants. Represented the family of college student who died following an evening of hazing during initiation by the Knights of College Leadership at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Michigan). CBS 48 Hours portrayed this incident in a story dealing with fraternity hazing, initiations and drinking deaths. The fraternity pledges were directed to play a drinking game involving the "wheel of torture." The Client lost consciousness, and was carried to an upstairs bedroom and left unattended, despite the fact that fraternity brothers knew that he was helpless and needed to be monitored. The Client died of alcohol poisoning, and is survived by his parents, sister and nephew. The family obtained a substantial financial settlement.