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New Ooltewah Rape Case Ruling

Fantastic ruling in our Title IX and Section 1983 case in Tennessee and closer to holding a school responsible for the brutal hazing and sexual assault of our client, John Doe, suffered, including being pinned down and sodomized with a pool stick. The judge issued a 60-page thorough and well reasoned opinion in which he refused to dismiss our claims against the school district.

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Stockton lawsuits draw focus to national campus assault problem

"Sex discrimination can be straightforward, but it could also be in the form of sexual harassment or violence," said The Fierberg National Law Group attorney and renowned Title IX advocate, Laura Dunn. "A school's obligation is: If they become aware of sexual harassment or violence, they have to act and take action to address it."

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Lawsuit claims OSU issued a mutual ‘no-contact directive’ against the victim

'"There's a concerted effort under the Trump administration to strip protections for victims with the intention of favoring rights of the accused,' Dunn said. 'Looking at what OSU has done in this manner, it speaks to broader efforts to protect men accused of sexual misconduct at the expense of victims, who are most often women.'"

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It’s time for the law to protect victims of gender violence

“It’s time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment so that our legal system can become a system of justice, and #metoo can finally become no more.” –Laura Dunn

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Beyond the Hashtag

In the absence of federal support for survivors of sexual assault, the state must act. SurvJustice founder and TFNLG attorney, Laura Dunn writes “Anytime you fight for civil rights and they are rolled back in your lifetime, it’s devastating.”

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The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas: Deadly Brotherhood

The episode, titled Deadly Brotherhood, delves into the events that led to the death of Psi Delta Pi fraternity pledge Michael Deng and the efforts of the fraternity to cover it up. School Violence Law attorney Jon Fazzola represents the parents of Michael Deng, and is featured in the episode.

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Chad Curtis’ ex-wife files for Bankruptcy

In October, a judge ruled that Curtis must pay $1.8 million dollars in damages to the victim he sexually assaulted. On Wednesday, the teen's attorney, Monica Beck, told 24 Hour News 8 they are still working to collect that money. Beck said Candace Curtis' bankruptcy filing has created a "small delay" in doing so.

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Chad Curtis’ ex-wife files for bankruptcy as his $1.8 million judgment looms

"The intent of these actions is best, though not solely, revealed by Candace's recorded prison conversation with Chad when she eliminated him as a beneficiary of her trust, stating: 'It's not that I don't want you to have it, it's I don't want those girls to touch it. Or the State of Michigan'", School Violence Law attorney Monica Beck wrote.

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The ‘Confusing’ Case of UNC’s Title IX Violations

"But Laura Dunn, a lawyer and founder of the advocacy group SurvJustice, now with the Fierberg National Law Group (School Violence Law), said that DeVos's interpretation of Title IX is simply incorrect. 'The UNC decision reflects a properly legal interpretation [of Title IX] as well as the contradictory position of the department under the Trump administration and its willful misapplication of civil rights law to favor those accused over the protected class Title IX serves -- victims of sex discrimination including sexual harassment and violence.'"

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Date Safe Project: Episode 04 with Laura Dunn: SurvJuctice, Advocacy, and #MeToo

Join School Violence Law attorney Laura Dunn and Mike Domitrz as they discuss justice, the #MeToo Movement, and advocating for survivors.

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Chad Curtis’ ex-wife likely party in case seeking $1.8 million judgment

"As detailed in Plaintiff's motion, conversations between Defendant and Candace Curtis reveal the pair's express desire to transfer, title, and/or dispose of assets owned and controlled by Defendant and/or Candace Curtis for the express purpose of preventing Plaintiff from satisfying her judgment against Defendant," -U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody

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Why Do Colleges Keep Failing to Prevent Abuse?

“As the leader, as the president, you really do have to have foresight. There may be emergencies on your campus. There may be active shooters. There may be serial predators. You have to prepare for the worst even if you expect the best.”-Laura Dunn

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DATELINE: The College Fraternity Crisis

Dateline NBC interviews a group of 16 parents who have lost their children to fraternity negligence. Doug Fierberg and several clients are also featured in the episode. Our hearts go out to the families who lost children to fraternity negligence as we continue to find justice and demand safe campus environments.

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Lawsuit: Curtis, ex-wife hid money from court

Attorney Monica Beck represents one teen girl who Curtis molested, and discovered more than 4,000 recorded phone conversations between Curtis and his ex-wife that reveal they tried to deceive the victims and the State of Michigan.

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College Students Keep Dying Because of Fraternity Hazing. Why Is It So Hard to Stop?

Doug Fierberg is featured in TIME story spotlighting fraternity hazing and reform efforts: "[Students are] still dying and still getting sexually assaulted and still getting traumatically injured - and for reasons the fraternity industry could control but chooses not to."

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Lawyers Representing Clients Nationwide

Across the country and for more than 25 years, we have successfully resolved state and federal lawsuits involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death at schools, colleges and fraternities. We established this legal specialty. Our lawyers have been involved in enacting or reauthorizing historic state and federal legislation. Our attorneys have the training, experience and confidence necessary to overcome tough legal obstacles and well-heeled lawyers and legislators, wherever located. We also represent survivors of gun and sexual violence in high school/college/fraternity/university disciplinary hearings, compelling offenders and institutions to abide by the law, pay compensation, enforce codes of conduct, expel rapists, and protect and accommodate survivors.

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Title IX Lawsuits: Kansas State and Fraternity Sexual Assaults

Good Morning America featured our work and clients’ federal lawsuits seeking to compel Kansas State University to investigate, hold disciplinary hearings, and abide by Title IX and state law regarding their allegations of rape at fraternity houses. “Zero tolerance” policies against rape are meaningless without preventive actions, compelled reforms and punitive enforcement: We file lawsuits and represent clients in all proceedings seeking to compel schools to make campus safe, investigate claims of sexual assault and student danger, hold fair, lawful hearings, punish perpetrators, and protect and accommodate survivors.

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Press Conference: Virginia Tech School Gun Violence and Massacre

Our lawyers negotiated the historic settlements for the wrongful deaths and injured survivors valued in excess of $11 Million. The settlements established a foundation in their honor that continues to advocate for safe schools and gun control, which we continue to represent. Our work was the only successful resolution of this tragedy and potential lawsuits and resulted in economic recoveries, health insurance, counseling and health care treatment for life.

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Cornell University Fraternity Hazing Death Case

George Desdunes was killed by fraternity hazing by Sigma Alpha Epsilon members and pledges at Cornell University. His mother’s wrongful death lawsuit established precedent in New York that enables victims of fraternity hazing and their families to hold national fraternities legally responsible for death and other injuries caused by their members and chapters. SAE and its fraternity ymembers spent years fighting the lawsuit, without success. When the fraternity defendants’ final effort to dismiss the lawsuit was rejected by the Court, we obtained a confidential, multi-million dollar settlement for George’s mother. While it took 5 or so years for Marie to win her lawsuit, we protected Marie the whole way.

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