Fraternity Hazing Law and Lawsuits

Fraternity Hazing Law and Lawsuits

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SCHOOL AND FRATERNITY HAZING LAWSUITS

 

At least one student has died from fraternity hazing every year since 1970. The Arizona Supreme Court has held: “We are hard pressed to find a setting where the risk of an alcohol-related injury is more likely than from underage drinking at a university fraternity party the first week of the new college year.” By the late 1980s, “fraternities and sororities were ranked by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as the sixth-worst risk for insurance companies — just behind hazardous-waste-disposal companies.” Despite these risks, for decades fraternities have employed skilled lawyers to shield them from legal responsibility for hazing, rape, binge drinking, automobile accidents, premises liability and other wrongdoing, preventing countless victims from achieving justice. For over 20 years, we have reversed this injustice. We have forced numerous national fraternities, local chapters, and fraternity members to pay millions of dollars in compensation to our clients.

No other firm comes close to matching the success we have obtained against fraternities across the country for victims of fraternity hazing, sexual assault, and other fraternity and school misconduct. We know the playbook, defenses and roadblocks fraternities, fraternity chapters, and fraternity lawyers use to prevent victims from obtaining justice. Our expertise has proven better, time after time, and state after state. Beyond the millions of dollars paid to our clients in compensation, we have caused fraternities and universities to reform; established legal precedent to help other victims and families; compelled fraternities to publish the truth about their misconduct and sanctions issued against them by colleges; and, forced fraternities to fund independent non-profits that use the money to educate the public and protect students and families. That work continues, on behalf and in honor of the first family we represented (circa 1993) and for every one thereafter. We know this to be true.

Our Lawyers have held fraternities, fraternity chapters, fraternity members and schools accountable to hazing victims in court for more than 20 years.

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GIVING OUR CLIENTS A VOICE

“THANK YOU FOR TAKING OUR CASE AND FIGHTING FOR OUR CHILD’S RIGHTS. FOR BEING HER VOICE WHEN SHE HAD NO ONE TO SPEAK FOR HER.”

USA TODAY

“…SURVIVING VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF THE DEAD WILL RECEIVE A SETTLEMENT VALUED AT MORE THAN $11 MILLION TOTAL IN CASH, HEALTH BENEFITS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE, ATTORNEYS PETER GRENIER AND DOUGLAS FIERBERG SAID IN A STATEMENT THURSDAY.”

WE BUILD LEGAL TEAMS COMBINING LOCAL ATTORNEYS AND NATIONAL EXPERTISE SO YOU GET THE BEST LEGAL REPRESENTATION WHEREVER YOU ARE.

“FIERBERG IS A MAN OF OBVIOUS AND DEEP INTELLIGENCE, COMFORTABLE – IN THE WAY OF ALPHA-MALE LITIGATORS – WITH SHARPLY CORRECTING A FUZZY THOUGHT; WITH USING OBSCENITIES; WITH SPEAKING DERISIVELY, EVEN CONTEMPTUOUSLY, OF OPPONENTS. HE IS ALSO THE MAN I WOULD RUN TO AS THOUGH MY HAIR WERE ON FIRE IF I EVER FOUND MYSELF IN A LEGAL BATTLE WITH A FRATERNITY, AND SO SHOULD YOU.” – CAITLIN FLANAGAN, THE ATLANTIC

Responsible organizations do not manage risk “upside down,” ceding control over health and safety issues to the youngest, least-experienced, and often impaired persons. Universities must require that Greek housing be managed within the department of housing, placing university-trained advisers within the chapter, or requiring fraternities to have a live-in adult house manager unaffiliated with the fraternity.

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