Archive for Monday, May 9, 2011

Lawsuit dismissed after settlement reached in 2009 alcohol poisoning death at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity

May 9, 2011


A Douglas County judge on Friday formally dismissed a 2009 lawsuit over the alcohol poisoning death of a Kansas University Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity pledge after the parties reached a confidential settlement last month.

According to court records, District Judge Michael Malone dismissed Jay Wren’s lawsuit against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, its national association, the local housing corporation and its president and some chapter members. Wren’s 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, after a night of heavy drinking.

On April 5 the parties in a statement said the case had been resolved to the satisfaction of all sides without providing any specific details about the resolution. The parties did acknowledge that the Jason Wren Initiative, an annual seminar on the KU campus aimed at providing education about underage drinking, would continue.

Court personnel said Malone dismissed the case at the request of the parties but that no other details were filed.


missmagoo 6 years, 9 months ago

This was a given, no new information.. move on....

wmathews 6 years, 9 months ago

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Zachary Stoltenberg 6 years, 9 months ago

Doubtful, this was blood money. Jay Wren knew his son was an alcoholic, he even drank with him (pictures on facebook of the events). After Jason drank himself to death his mother and sister committed suicide. Yes, this is a terrible tragedy and a result of what happens when you choose not to be a parent but the "family" will always have to deal with their neglect and passivity. This wasn't a case of alcohol and peer pressure, it was a case of an alcoholic and his enablers.

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