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Woman Gets $440,000 For Fingertip Bitten Off At Fraternity Party

April 18, 1995

HOUSTON (AP) _ A woman who had part of a finger bitten off by the chapter president of a fraternity during a party will receive $440,000 in exchange for dropping a lawsuit.

The national Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, its former chapter at the University of Houston and Stephen Jack Ferro, the former chapter president, agreed to pay the money to Carrin Huber, 25.

``Part of the agreement stemmed from particular concern by the defendants about the potential for damages because of the long history of abusive conduct by the fraternity,″ said Ms. Huber’s attorney, Rusty Hardin.

Ferro bit off Ms. Huber’s right pinky fingertip in 1991. Hardin said Ferro charged Ms. Huber’s boyfriend and he bit her after she put her hands up to stop him. Ferro said Ms. Huber and her boyfriend got him in a stranglehold and he was defending himself.

The national fraternity closed the chapter after the fight and more than 100 police calls about other problems at the fraternity house.

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