Archive for Monday, March 28, 2011

Settlement in the works involving Wren alcohol poisoning lawsuit against fraternity

March 28, 2011


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.


jstblv 3 years 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.


Esq2eB 3 years ago

Akt2, Because when you are being sued, whether you feel as though you are going to be found liable or not, it's always a good time to reflect upon your actions and try and avoid being sued in the future, whether you are culpable or not.

This man is a joke. He had 18 years with his son to raise him and teach him about the dangers the world had to offer, and specifically the dangers of alcohol. Instead he drank with his son, watched him use a fake ID to get into bars, and let him move into a fraternity after being kicked out of the dorms for his alcohol abuse. He was only with the fraternity a few weeks when he drank himself dead. How was the fraternity supposed to undo everything his father had taught him throughout 18 years, in a matter of weeks?


akt2 3 years 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.


Grant_Runyun 3 years 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.


jafs 3 years 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.


Cai 3 years ago

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edjayhawk 3 years ago

I agree except they did not seek medical attention for Wren.


seeker_of_truth 3 years ago

This idiot should not get one cent and should have to pay all the lawyers costs involved in this ridiculous suit


oneeye_wilbur 3 years ago

My aunt and uncle lost a son in Vietnam. They sued no one. My aunt told me how lucky she was before she died as we talked about the son's death. I asked why. She said "because his whole body came home".


fu7il3 3 years ago

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


Vinny1 3 years 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.


Eride 3 years ago

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


cheeseburger 3 years ago

If Jay Wren can't sue for punitive damages, what is it he hopes to get out of this - actual damages?


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