U of California Sued Over Student's Drug-Induced Brain Damage

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Monday, February 27, 2012

The mother of a UC Berkeley student left severely brain-damaged in 2010 after a drug overdose at a campus residence sued the University of California regents and the Berkeley Student Cooperative on Thursday, saying they knew of rampant drug abuse at the house but failed to protect the students.

Madelyn Bennett of San Diego is seeking damages that could soar into the millions of dollars from UC, which owns the Cloyne Court co-op, and from the agency that leases and manages the residence.

Her son, John Bennett Gibson, requires round-the-clock nursing and custodial care, according to the lawsuit filed on his behalf in Alameda County Superior Court.

Gibson was a 21-year-old junior on March 18, 2010, when his roommate at Cloyne noticed at about 9 a.m. that Gibson appeared to be having a bad dream, the suit states.

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