Florida Supreme Court Agrees to Review UCF Case

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News Release: Associated Press
August 13, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by the family of a University of Central Florida football player who died following conditioning drills in 2008.

The family is appealing the reduction of the monetary award in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The court issued an order on Wednesday accepting jurisdiction in the case. It will not be hearing oral arguments, but will review the case record and legal briefs from attorneys.

In August 2013, a three-judge appeals' court panel reduced a jury's $10 million civil trial damage judgment awarded to Ereck Plancher's parents in 2011 to $200,000.

The court ruled UCF's power of control over its athletics association was sufficient for sovereign immunity afforded to state agencies in civil judgments. It also overturned attorney's fees the Plancher's attorneys were awarded.

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