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University of Utah seeks dismissal of $56M lawsuit over the death of Lauren McCluskey

Sep 22, 2019, 6:34 PM
The detective criticized for how she handled the Lauren McCluskey case has been fired, accused of not acting fast enough on another young woman's domestic violence complaint. Photo of Lauren McCluskey provided by the University of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parents of a slain student.

The family of Lauren McCluskey filed the $56 million suit against the university in June, saying the school hasn’t taken responsibility for the death of their daughter last October at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.

The complaint also names as defendants the then-chief of the university’s police department and others.

Lawyers for the university argue that McClusky’s family doesn’t have grounds to sue the school.

The motion to dismiss argues the school does not have substantial control over a person who isn’t affiliated with the university.

The Deseret News reports that an independent review panel has concluded that it was impossible to say whether McCluskey’s death could have been prevented.
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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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University of Utah seeks dismissal of $56M lawsuit over the death of Lauren McCluskey