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Appeals Court Hears Bonfire Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Attorneys for some of those injured or killed in the Texas A&M bonfire collapse tell a federal appeals court that the bonfire constituted state-created danger.

Attorneys for 11 plaintiffs hurt or killed in the collapse were asking the court to reverse the dismissal of their federal lawsuits. That would allow them to go to trial and seek damages.

Attorney Steve DeWolf told a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the bonfire wouldn't exist if not for the university's approval.

Texas' solicitor general argued the bonfire was not a state-created danger.

The panel convened at the Center for American and International
Law in the Dallas suburb of Plano following flooding from Hurricane
Katrina in New Orleans.

Attorneys expected the 5th Circuit to issue a ruling in a couple
of months on the case.

Several lawsuits regarding bonfire are pending in state court.


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