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University athletic association protected under sovereign immunity Supreme Court rules

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the University of Central Florida’s Athletic Association has sovereign immunity and the parents of a deceased football player need to file a claims bill if they are to collect on a $10 million jury verdict. The unanimous ruling in Enock Plancher v. UCF Athletics Association affirms in part a decision from the Fifth District Court of Appeal that overturned a trial court ruling that the direct support organization did not have sovereign immunity. A jury subsequently…

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