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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that a fraternity member who was injured while he was a member couldn’t sue his fraternity after its charter had been withdrawn.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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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