Yale Fraternity Face Suit | Law Offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo

Sep 25, 2015

A 2011 Yale-Harvard football game is coming back to haunt 85 members of Yale University fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. The fraternity is scheduled to face trial in the death and injuries caused at a tailgating party on November 19, 2011.

The event occurred when a fraternity member driving a UHaul truck filled with beer kegs accelerated toward a crowd of people in the Yale Bowl parking lot. Two people were severely injured and one 30 year old woman was killed. The families of those harmed in the accident filed suit in 2014. The lawsuit hopes to hold the fraternity accountable for the driver’s actions.

After it was discovered that the UHaul truck was headed to a tailgate party held by the Connecticut Delta chapter of the fraternity, the Superior Court in Waterbury ruled the national fraternity is a party to the suit. The defendants plan to argue that the members involved with the accident should be tried individually and not as a joint organization.

Jury selection for the trial will begin in December.

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