Brooks Pierce Attorneys Get Wrongful Death Suit Against Wake Forest University Dismissed


Brooks Pierce attorneys Bob King, Shana Fulton, Tanisha Palvia, Katie Wong, Kasi Robinson, and Cordon Smart successfully advocated on behalf of client Wake Forest University, getting a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed against the school in 2019 dismissed earlier this month.

The lawsuit was filed in response to the 2018 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Winston-Salem State University football player Najee Ali Baker at a party on the Wake Forest campus. Other defendants had been named in the Complaint, but those claims had been previously settled or dismissed.

The lawsuit, filed by Baker’s mother, alleged that University officials and the other defendants did not take appropriate steps to provide proper security at the party. The suit specifically accused Wake Forest University of reducing police presence at large on-campus events.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles granted the school’s Motion for Summary Judgment, ruling that the plaintiff did not come forward with any evidence that Wake Forest University officials could have predicted the shooting would happen or that the University could have taken steps to prevent the shooting.

Judge Eagles dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, and therefore it cannot be refiled. Her decision could be appealed to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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