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Lawyers: Durham Isn't Immune From Lacrosse Lawsuits

Lawyers for most of the 2005-06 Duke University lacrosse team are disputing Durham's claim that it is immune from liability for its handling of a case in which a woman falsely accused three players of rape.

The Durham Herald-Sun reported that city attorneys have said the
players cannot collect on negligence and other claims because the
city's $5 million insurance policy includes a $500,000 deductible
paid by taxpayers. That, they argue, means governmental immunity
provisions apply.

Player attorneys contended that the city is misrepresenting the
wording of its insurance policy and disregarding precedent in state
court.

The lawsuits stem from the criminal investigation into a stripper's claims that she was raped during a lacrosse team party in March 2006.


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