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Blockbuster News: Sig Ep claims it cannot be sued in death of Tucker Hipps

Moderator:  This is an important update from today’s Greenville online. Excerpt below.

“Attorneys for Sigma Phi Epsilon argued that the Clemson chapter of the fraternity was dissolved on Feb. 6, nearly two months before the family [of late pledge Tucker Hipps] filed the lawsuits, and that as a “non-existent legal ghost,” it can’t be sued.

It cites a 1991 case in Delaware in which that state’s Supreme Court ruled that a fraternity member who was injured while he was a member couldn’t sue his fraternity after its charter had been withdrawn. But it said individual members could be sued.

Motions for dismissal were filed by the national fraternity and former Clemson SigEp members Campbell Starr, Samuel Carney and Thomas Carter King.”


By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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