Family sues frat after UD student's death

May 15, 2009 5:58:16 AM PDT
The family of a University of Delaware freshman who died after an off-campus party has filed a wrongful death suit.

The suit filed in April and unsealed Thursday claims Sigma Alpha Mu members forced Brett Griffin of Kendall Park, N.J., to drink alcohol, but did not call for assistance for hours after he passed out.

It names the national fraternity, its local chapter and five students, including fraternity officers, the "pledge master" and the student who was assigned as Griffin's "big brother" that night.

An attorney for the national fraternity says he sees nothing to suggest that his client is liable.

In March, Newark police arrested six students and most were charged for misdemeanors related to providing alcohol to minors and underage possession and consumption of alcohol.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,

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