Larios v. Chadron State College
This is a civil rights and negligence case against a state college that failed to respond appropriately to reports of student-on-student dating violence and, as a result, the victim died. Fatima Larios, a promising student-athlete on the softball team at Chadron State College in Nebraska was found dead in her boyfriend’s dorm room three months after admitting to some teammates that he had been beating her. Concerned for Ms. Larios’s safety and well-being, her teammates immediately reported the suspected abuse to one of their coaches, who also suspected dating violence. Although the school’s Title IX Coordinator was informed about the suspected abuse, neither she nor other school officials took appropriate action to address it. Three months later, Ms. Larios was dead. Despite the suspicious circumstances of her death, the coroner concluded that Ms. Larios had committed suicide.
Public Justice, Romanucci & Blandin, and Welsh & Welsh filed a Title IX complaint against Chadron State College in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska on January 30, 2017. We also filed a companion state case to assert tort claims against the college on November 2, 2017.
Discovery is complete and the college has filed a motion for summary judgment. Trial is scheduled to begin on August 12, 2019.
- Adele Kimmel
Martin Gould and Tony Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC
Christopher Welsh of Welsh & Welsh, P.C., L.L.O.