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Settlement in the works involving Wren alcohol poisoning lawsuit against fraternity

March 28, 2011

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Attorneys have told a Douglas County judge that a settlement is in the works involving a lawsuit against a Kansas University fraternity over the 2009 death of a pledge who had alcohol poisoning.

The parties have informed District Judge Michael Malone they planned to submit an order to the judge outlining the settlement possibly by the end of this week, court personnel said Monday.

Jay Wren filed the lawsuit after his son, Jason Wren, a 19-year-old freshman from Littleton, Colo., was found dead March 8, 2009, at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter house, 1301 West Campus Road.

The suit alleged fraternity members failed to seek medical help for Wren despite his intoxication and a head injury. Wren had used a fake ID earlier that night to drink alcohol at a restaurant and continued to drink liquor later at the chapter house, according to the suit against the chapter and its national association, 10 unnamed chapter members and the Kansas Alpha House Corp., which owns the chapter house.

John Stacy, the housing corporation’s president, was added as a defendant in December, but Malone also ruled then that Jay Wren could not seek punitive damages.

Jason Wren was living in the SAE house as a pledge after he violated KU’s alcohol policy and was no longer allowed to live in a residence hall. According to the autopsy, his blood-alcohol content was 0.362 percent, which is more than four times the legal limit to drive in Kansas.

The plaintiffs argued in court last year the chapter had not changed its practices enough regarding underage drinking since Wren’s death. However, attorneys for the fraternity and housing corporation said the chapter has taken proper steps, including expelling nearly two dozen active members after an April 2010 alcohol violation.

Attorneys representing Wren, Stacy, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternal Association and housing corporation did not return messages Monday seeking comment.

Comments

Eride 3 years, 8 months ago

Considering how injured he was I am sure the actual damages run in the hundreds of thousands.

Vinny1 3 years, 8 months ago

Good to see Jay Wren still hasn't grown up and accepted responsibility/placed the blame on his son and himself where it belongs. Instead he has continued to blame everyone else for something he contributed to, and his son alone did. What a joke that he is actually getting anything out of this.

fu7il3 3 years, 8 months ago

He shouldn't get a cent. His son killed himself with alcohol. He was responsible for his own actions.

Vinny1 3 years, 8 months ago

Yep. Not to mention Dad was knowingly out at a bar with underage son who used a fake ID to get in and drink.

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

That's probably because the military is immune from lawsuits.

Are you equating going to war with joining a fraternity?

Cai 3 years, 8 months ago

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Vinny1 3 years, 8 months ago

no kidding. Not only would I be rich, but I would have made other people rich too.

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

So most of you all think the fraternity bears no responsibility at all?

What about any of his friends who saw he was drinking all through the night, and passed out. Do they have any responsibility to make sure he's ok?

His blood alcohol level was more than 4 times the legal limit.

Vinny1 3 years, 8 months ago

And whose fault is that? HIS SON.

Jay Wren knew his son had an alcohol problem all the way back to high school. He let his son drink at home when he was underage. His son got kicked out of the dorms, and he helped move him into a frat, where any person knows partying happens.

Jay Wren went with his son to a bar the weekend before he died. His son used a fake ID to get into the bar and drink with dad at the bar. Yet Jay Wren is surprised when his son used a fake ID to drink at a restaurant?

As for the rest of the frat members having responsibility......no. If I see someone having a heard attack am I responsible for helping them out? Morally, sure, but not legally. You can't sue me if I don't help. This is about the same.

If you had people calling an ambulance every time someone passed out from drinking there would be a line so long people that actually need help wouldn't get any. Every weekend in this city there are hundreds of people that pass out from drinking. Its unfortunate that one of them in the last 3 years died, but its no ones fault but that person and that person alone.

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

I disagree that he is the only one at fault here.

And, your post comments about his father's actions as well - the implication is that the father bears some blame here, which I would agree with.

If I see somebody having a heart attack, I definitely feel a responsibility to help out, even if it's not a legal one. I'm not going to do CPR if I don't know it, but I would at least call 911.

If it is true that every weekend, hundreds of people pass out from drinking, that indicates a serious problem with alcohol in our town, don't you think?

Vinny1 3 years, 8 months ago

Does it indicate a serious problem?....I guess if thats how you define it. But then you have a serious problem in nearly every college town in America.

You really need to clarify "passing out" when talking about it. There are more than likely not hundreds literally "passing out" because their body can no longer function due to alcohol so it shuts down <--alcohol poisoning.

There definitely are however, hundreds going to sleep very drunk every weekend and therefore 'passing out' as most everyone refers to it <--- just being intoxicated.

The real problem is society. Binge drinking doesn't happen nearly as much in European countries as it does in America. Yet we fail to learn from them.

Vinny1 3 years, 8 months ago

As for the heart attack scenario....yes, you feel a moral responsibility. But it is NOT legal. You can not be sued for not helping. However you don't see people having heart attacks night in and night out.

If you called 911 every time you saw a drunk person stumbling home/throwing up/etc. refer to what I said about there being a huge line for ambulances. Its just not realistic. You're gonna say, "You're drunk...go to bed" just like what happens multiple times every night here.

Grant_Runyun 3 years, 8 months ago

To be fair, this article does not specify whether or not it is a monetary settlement. If it is, however, I 100% agree with Vinny1.

akt2 3 years, 8 months ago

If they aren't guilty, why is SAE concerned with alcohol violations all of a sudden. Why would they be expelling active members? Trying to cover their asses that's why.

jstblv 3 years, 8 months ago

It's time as a society that we quit trying to blame someone or something else on our own actions. Take responsibility you'll go further in life.

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps it's time for us to recognize that we don't live in isolated little bubbles, and that we affect each other as well.

If his father had taken a different approach to his son's underage drinking, his son might be alive today.

If his fraternity roommates had tried to see if he was ok, he might have been alive today.

Etc.

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