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Alabama college sues ex-frat member after ‘prank led to flooded house’



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A university in Alabama has sued a former student who they said participated in a prank that caused more than $400,000 in damage to a fraternity house where he lived.

The federal lawsuit filed this week by Samford University alleges John Brody Cantrell and his friend, Christopher Wilson, went to the attic of the Sigma Chi fraternity house to play a prank on other fraternity members in April 2019, AL.com reported.

While they were in the attic, the lawsuit said Wilson stepped on and damaged a pipe, causing it to be ruptured and flood the building. 

He was not named as a defendant.



a large brick building with grass in front of a house: A former member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama, is being sued by the university for causing $400,000  in damage to the fraternity home (above)


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A former member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama, is being sued by the university for causing $400,000  in damage to the fraternity home (above)



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Alabama university sues former frat member after ‘prank led to flooded house’

Alabama university sues former student for causing $400,000 in damage after he ‘flooded fraternity house while playing a prank’

  • Incident took place at Sigma Chi fraternity house at Samford University last year 
  • Federal lawsuit alleges two frat members caused $400,000 in damage 
  • John Brody Cantrell and a friend were in the attic of Sigma Chi frat house
  • They were there to play a prank on fellow frat members, it is alleged
  • The friend, Christopher Wilson, ‘stepped on pipe which flooded the home’ 
  • Cantrell is accused of breach of duty and negligence; Wilson wasn’t named 

A university in Alabama has sued a former student who they said participated in a prank that caused more than $400,000 in damage to a fraternity house where he lived.

The federal lawsuit filed this week by Samford University alleges

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Princeton Student Sues University For Spring Tuition Refund

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, NJ – A Princeton University student is suing the university, arguing he was unfairly charged full tuition for a virtual spring 2020 semester.

Reid Zlotky filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of all students on Nov. 19. The suit argues that students should not have been charged full tuition of $25,935, after being sent home in March.

Princeton University, like other institutions, switched to virtual leaning in March due to coronavirus concerns.

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“Princeton has used the current COVID-19 shutdown circumstances to excuse its duty to perform fully the obligations of its bargain with its students, Princeton continues to demand that all students perform their contractual bargain to pay all tuition and fees for the Spring 2020 term,” Zlotky alleged in his lawsuit.

University spokesperson Ayana Gibbs told Patch the institution is aware of the

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Samford University sues former student over $400,000 fraternity prank

Samford University is suing a former student after hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was done during a fraternity prank gone awry.

According to the federal lawsuit filed this week in the Northern District of Alabama, John Brody Cantrell was a member of the Sigma Chi and lived at the fraternity house on Neal Road. On April 1, 2019, Cantrell and his friend Christopher Wilson went into the attic to jointly play a prank on fellow fraternity members.

While the two were in the attic, the suit reads, Wilson stepped on, and damaged, the wet-type fire suppression system pipe protecting the building. The sprinkler pipe within the attic ruptured and water flooded the building.

The flood caused more than $400,000 in damage to the fraternity house. Cantrell, according to the suit, “owed a duty of care to use and occupy the dorm room and fraternity house so as

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Man ruled insane in college killing sues state hospital

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man acquitted by reason of insanity of killing a Wesleyan University student in 2009 has filed a lawsuit against Connecticut’s state psychiatric hospital complex, saying an employee improperly told a TV station that he and other patients were allowed to play violent video games.

Stephen Morgan’s lawsuit says he was “emotionally hurt” by the disclosure, and the hospital violated his rights to privacy and to dignified and humane treatment. The suit, filed in Middletown Superior Court on Oct. 28, seeks more than $15,000 in damages and a court order barring the hospital from releasing any other confidential information about him.

The suit names Whiting Forensic Hospital and Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown.

The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which oversees the hospital complex, said in a statement that it cannot comment on pending litigation.


Morgan was charged with murder and other

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Man ruled insane in college killing sues state hospital

FILE — In this May 8, 2009 file photo, Stephen P. Morgan, right, and his attorney Richard Brown, listen to judge Mary-Margaret Burgdorff in Middletown Superior Court in Middletown, Conn. Morgan, a Massachusetts man acquitted by reason of insanity of killing a Wesleyan University student in 2009, has filed a lawsuit against Connecticut’s state psychiatric hospital complex, saying an employee improperly told a TV station that he and other patients were allowed to play violent video games.




HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man acquitted by reason of insanity of killing a Wesleyan University student in 2009 has filed a lawsuit against Connecticut’s state psychiatric hospital complex, saying an employee improperly told a TV station that he and other patients were allowed to play violent video games.

Stephen Morgan’s lawsuit says he was “emotionally hurt” by the disclosure, and the hospital violated his

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Former San Francisco Giants outfielder sues team over concussion that ‘ended’ his MLB career

Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Mac Williamson is suing the organization over a concussion he sustained during the 2018 season, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Williamson tripped over a bullpen mound at Oracle Park and hit his head on the wall, and he says that he continues to have symptoms from the concussion he suffered, such as blurred vision. Williamson says the concussion “ended [his] career.”

“My life hasn’t been the same since suffering the injury,” Williamson said in a statement released by a public relations firm for Williamson’s San Francisco-based attorney, Randy Erlewine.

Williamson alleges the Giants created a dangerous work environment by having bullpen mounds on the field, a setup which caused him to trip and hit his head on a wall. According to the Chronicle, the suit alleges negligence and seeks unspecified actual and punitive damages. The lawsuit claims Williamson was

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Former Giant Mac Williamson sues club over concussion that ‘ended my career’

Former Giants outfielder Mac Williamson is suing the organization over the concussion he sustained in 2018 when he tripped over a bullpen mound at Oracle Park and hit his head on the wall, saying he continues to have symptoms that include blurred vision, and that the incident “ended my career.”

“My life hasn’t been the same since suffering the injury,” Williamson said in a statement released by a public relations firm for Williamson’s San Francisco-based attorney, Randy Erlewine.

The rare action by a player against his former team over an on-field injury names China Basin Ballpark Company LLC as the defendant. That firm is controlled by the Giants’ partnership group.

The suit, filed in Superior Court in San Francisco, alleges negligence and seeks unspecified actual and punitive damages. It says Williamson was “one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball” when he got hurt. In a Zoom news

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Former University of Northern Colorado Student Sues, Alleging Mishandling of Sexual Misconduct Complaint


A former University of Northern Colorado student who was put on a two-year suspension following a sexual misconduct complaint is suing university officials, alleging  the University of Northern Colorado mishandled the complaint, the Greeley Tribune reported.

Torrence Brown-Smith, 22, filed the lawsuit last Monday. Brown-Smith was sanctioned in May after a February incident with another student led to sexual misconduct allegations.

Brown-Smith is now asking for a jury trial in the Colorado district court to reverse the school’s decision and to be paid for damages.

In the filing, Brown-Smith claimed that the investigation and hearing into the allegations were inadequate, biased and had all White investigators and decision-makers. He also alleges that he was discriminated against as a male student.

In the filing was an account of the incident, wherein Brown-Smith and the woman engaged in sexual acts after the woman responded with “I guess”

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Falwell Jr sues Liberty University, claims reputation damage

By Sarah Rankin and Elana Schor | Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Jerry Falwell Jr. has sued Liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation in a series of public statements that followed his resignation as president and chancellor in August amid a series of scandals.

The lawsuit filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court on Wednesday includes claims of defamation and breach of contract. It alleges that Liberty officials accepted what Falwell says are false claims about his involvement in an extramarital affair between his wife and a business partner of the couple’s and “moved quickly” to destroy his reputation.

“When Mr. Falwell and his family became the targets of a malicious smear campaign incited by anti-evangelical forces, Liberty University not only accepted the salacious and baseless accusations against the Falwells at face value, but directly participated in the defamation. This action seeks redress

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