Fraternity to Pay $3-Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Death at Penn

The parents of a college student who died after falling over a railing at a University of Pennsylvania fraternity house on New Year’s Day in 2011 will receive $3-million as part of an out-of-court settlement involving the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and the store that sold him alcohol. Lawyers for Matthew Crozier’s family said the university had warned the fraternity that the railing was inadequate, though the fraternity disputed that claim.

The settlement includes $3 million from the fraternity and $375,000 from Suds Beer Store of Trevose, along with an undisclosed settlement with Penn. The university cannot comment because of the confidentiality agreement, spokeswoman Phyllis Holtzman said Monday.

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