Desdunes, Estate of George vs. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Established precedent in New York and obtained a confidential multi-million dollar settlement.

Fraternity & Campus HazingPersonal Injury & Wrongful Death

New York Supreme Court, Kings County, Index No. 500460/2011

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DeVercelly, Estate of Gary, Jr. vs. Rider University, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, and Individual Defendants

The settlement had two primary components, one of which is confidential, the other includes fundamental, ground-breaking changes at Rider University.

Fraternity & Campus HazingPersonal Injury & Wrongful Death

New Jersey Superior Court, Mercer County, Law Division, Docket No.: MER-L-003199-07

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Kansas State University Title IX Lawsuit

Our lawsuit filed against Kansas State University by two former students, who were sexually assaulted, has been given clearance to proceed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Sexual Abuse, Assault & Discrimination

Tessa Farmer and Sara Weckhorst, were each brutally raped by KSU students at off-campus fraternity houses. Both reported the rapes to KSU and identified the perpetrators, one of whom is now in prison. KSU refused to investigate or take any action against the perpetrators, allowing them to remain on campus, and justified its indifference on the basis that the rapes occurred off-campus.

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Virginia Tech Massacre Settlement

$11 Million settlement and a lifetime of healthcare for all victims, plus non-monetary assistance.

Personal Injury & Wrongful DeathBusiness & Non-Profit

We negotiated the historic settlements valued in excess of $11 Million for the wrongful deaths and injured survivors of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre. The settlement included financial compensation, health benefits, and non-monetary assistance. It established a foundation in their honor that continues to advocate for safe schools & gun control, which we continue to represent today.

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Ex-MLB Player Chad Curtis’ Sexual Assault of 4 Student-Athletes

Obtained a $1.8 Million verdict on behalf of one of our clients in Federal Court. All four women settled with Lakewood Public Schools and its Board of Education in Western Michigan for $575,000.

Sexual Abuse, Assault & Discrimination

Four women alleged Chad Curtis inappropriately touched them when they attended Lakewood High School in Barry County, Michigan. Curtis was a volunteer coach in the weight room. Curtis was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2013 and is in prison.

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Terrance Bennett v. Tau Kappa Epsilon, et al

Year after year, TKE's flawed oversight allowed dangerous hazing practices, such as what Terrance Bennett endured, to go on. We sought justice and won a confidential amount for Mr. Bennett.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

For decades, TKE, like most fraternities in the Greek industry, willfully, wantonly, and consciously disregarded known dangers and refused to make meaningful changes to its flawed risk-management policies and practices. As a result, Bennett, like many others, became another victim of frat hazing - suffering “severe and life-altering” physical, emotional, social and educational damages.

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Ooltewah High School Sexual Assault Case

Accepted a substantial, six-figure settlement before trial.

Sexual Abuse, Assault & Discrimination

John Doe suffered a brutal sexual assault by his high school basketball teammates. Our firm filed suit against the school district, school and coaching staff under Title IX, Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, and state law. The Court agreed with our claims, refused to dismiss the case, and issued a 60-page opinion setting legal standards that will help other survivors obtain justice.

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Elementary Student Sexually Abused By Janitor In Title IX Lawsuit

We secured a $1.1 Million settlement for John Doe and produced rulings that may guide future Title IX litigation.

Sexual Abuse, Assault & Discrimination

Attorney Monica Beck filed a $10 Million lawsuit on behalf of a third-grader who suffered extreme sexual abuse at the hands of school custodian. The federal lawsuit garnered national attention and ignited a firestorm illuminating the scope of Title IX in K-12 schools.

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Rolling Stone Defamation Claim

The lawsuits against Rolling Stone by the fraternity and its members were frivolous, quickly abandoned were successfully resolved for a small fraction of the $25 Million in damages sought.

Business & Non-Profit

We served as lead trial attorneys for Rolling Stone LLC, Jann Wenner and Wenner Media LLC, legendary global media companies defending a $25 Million defamation lawsuit filed against them arising out of an article Rolling Stone published on the subject of sexual assaults at college fraternities. Our work uncovered numerous legal and factual flaws in the allegations against Rolling Stone.

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Starkey, Estate of Carson vs. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Individual Defendants

The substantial monetary portion of the settlement is confidential, yet was used by the family to start Aware Awake Alive, a non-profit which, in part, educates about the risks of hazing nationwide.

Personal Injury & Wrongful DeathFraternity & Campus Hazing

California Superior Court, San Luis Obispo County, Case No. CV 09 0534

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