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Samford Sues Former Student for Fraternity House Damage

December 4, 2020

Samford University in Alabama is suing a former student for a 2019 prank that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of damage to a university-owned fraternity house, according to a lawsuit filed in Northern Alabama district court on Dec. 1.

John Brody Cantrell, the former student and a member of the Sigma Chi chapter that occupied the house, and Christopher Wilson, Cantrell’s friend, were in the attic of the house when Wilson stepped on and ruptured a sprinkler pipe and flooded the house, causing more than $400,000 worth of damage, the lawsuit states.

The university claims that Cantrell is liable for the damages due to his “negligence.” Wilson is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Cantrell “owed a duty of care to use and occupy the dorm room and fraternity house so as not to cause harm” to the property, according to the lawsuit. Samford requested that the case be heard in front of a jury.

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