Yesterday's court decision says the national and university chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity must each pay the parents of Marietta, Ga., native Tyler Cross $2.5 million -- for mental anguish.
They also have to pay nearly $81,000 for funeral expenses and other costs.
An attorney says a state district judge issued the order after the national and local branches of the organization failed to respond to a lawsuit by the parents.
A civil case against the organization's alumni board and housing corporation is pending.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the national and local branch can seek a new trial if attorneys can explain why they did not respond to the suit and can present a defense to the allegations.
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