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Foltz estate seeks over $225.3 million in damages from former PIKE president

1-week before the third anniversary of Stone Foltz’s hazing death, his family relived their experiences in a court hearing, where it was announced they’d be seeking $225.3 million from the final of the original 15 defendants named in lawsuits.

In a court hearing Thursday, Feb. 29, the attorney for the family of Stone Foltz announced they are seeking over $200 million dollars in damages from the president of PIKE at the time of Stone’s hazing death.

Daylen Dunson, BGSU’s PIKE president at the time of the Stone’s hazing death, as well as any legal representation on his behalf were not in attendance at the hearing.

The Foltz’s attorney Sean Alto says he isn’t surprised by Dunson’s absence.

“We filed an initial complaint, a first amended complaint, a second amended complaint and a third amended complaint and he ignored every single one of them,” said Alto. ” He ignored opportunities to respond to letters we sent him. We reached out to his attorneys and he had no interest in participating in this process.”

Both of Stone’s parents testified at the hearing, recalling memories throughout their son’s life, as well as the final moments with him in the hospital.

Shari Foltz testifies in Franklin Count Court on Thursday Feb. 29. (Blake Pierce)

Alto says they were trying to send a “loud and clear” message against hazing. He also noted in court document that this case represents a “rare opportunity to show where Ohio stands on hazing.”

The $225.3 million the Foltz estate is seeking breaks down as follows:

  • Stone Foltz’s conscious pain and suffering – $33.8 million
  • Wrongful death – $54 million
    • The estate said this is equivalent to $1 million for every year Stone’s life was cut short.
  • Punitive Damages – $137.5 million
    • The estate said this is the equivalent to $25,000 for each sorority and fraternity chapter within the U.S.

The Foltz estate has until Mar. 29 to send the finalized details to the magistrate and Alto said he believes they are nearing the end of this case.

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Blake Pierce, News Content Director

 News Content Director (2023-2024)

News Meetings: Mondays at 6 p.m. Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30-10:30 AM


Blake Pierce is serving as the 2023 - 2024 News Content Director for BG Falcon Media. He is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and a minor in Music Industry.

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  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Ambassador for the School of Media and Communication

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Pierce has reported for BG Falcon Media and specifically written articles for the weekly BG News. Pierce's favorite article reported for BG Falcon Media was on the increase of Electric Vehicles in the Bowling Green community. The article can be found here.  He also completed a promotions internship with BG Falcon Radio, organizing events and campaigns to spread awareness of the organization on campus. Pierce currently works with WTVG-TV, beginning in the Summer of 2023 as a Digital Content Producer. Some of his work with the organization can be found here.
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