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National fraternity faces suit in death

NEW YORK — A national fraternity with chapters on more than 125 campuses must face a lawsuit over the drinking death of a Wabash College freshman, an Indiana court said in a ruling that may force the organizations to take more responsibility for misconduct at chapter houses.

The Indiana Court of Appeals on May 8 reinstated a case against Delta Tau Delta by the family of Johnny Dupree Smith, who was found dead on Oct. 5, 2008. Smith, 18, had a blood alcohol level five times the .08 percent limit for legal intoxication in Indiana. He had passed out during ‘‘Pledge Family Drink Night,’’ according to the complaint in the wrongful-death case.

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