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Court rules ex-student can sue Wabash fraternity

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court is allowing a former Wabash College student to go forward with a lawsuit against the fraternity where he was seriously injured during possible hazing.

The court ruled that Brian Yost can seek a trial on the claims against Wabash’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The court’s ruling, however, dismisses the fraternity’s national organization and the private all-men’s college in Crawfordsville from the lawsuit.

The lawsuit maintains Yost suffered a severe brain injury in 2007 when fraternity members tried to force him into a shower and his head hit the floor.

Yost’s attorney, Patrick Elward, tells The Indianapolis Star he’s pleased by the ruling.

Wabash College attorney Tom Schultz says he believed the court ruled correctly the schools didn’t have a duty to protect Yost.

 

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