Monday, September 28, 2015

Florida Supreme Court won't consider rehearing a case filed by family of UCF athlete who died in 2008

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 11:23 AM

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According to the News Service of Florida, the state Supreme Court has rejected a request filed by the parents of Ereck Plancher, a University of Central Florida football player who suddenly died in 2008 while doing conditioning drills, to rehear case against the school.

Plancher's parents sued in 2009, claiming that the school's athletics department didn't do everything in its power to save their son's life, and in 2011, a jury awarded them $10 million. But that ruling was overturned in 2013 when the 5th District Court of Appeal determined that the school should be covered by Florida's sovereign-immunity laws, which state that, "neither the state nor its agencies or subdivisions shall be liable to pay a claim or a judgment by any one person which exceeds the sum of $200,000." The state Supreme Court agreed. 

The Planchers asked the Supreme Court to reconsider, but the court decided on Friday, Sept. 25, that it would not rehear the case. 

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