UCF board files motion to bill Plancher family $90,000 in expenses after claim dropped

UCF board of trustees attorneys filed a motion seeking $90,000 in court costs from the family of football player Ereck Plancher.

The Plancher family attorneys dropped their negligence claim against the university on June 13, preferring to proceed with the wrongful death claim solely against the UCF Athletics Association.

Plancher was a wide receiver on the UCF football team who collapsed and died following an offseason workout on March 18, 2008.

Circuit Judge Robert M. Evans has ruled UCFAA is a private entity not eligible for state sovereign immunity protection, which caps all legal judgment payments at $200,000. State agencies must get Legislature approval to pay the balance of any judgments to avoid an undue burden on taxpayers.

UCFAA protested the ruling. It is not eligible to appeal the judge's decision until the jury returns with a verdict in the ongoing wrongful death trial scheduled to end on July 1.

The UCF board of trustees had 30 days to file its motion for tax costs after the Plancher attorneys dismissed their claim with prejudice.

The attorneys estimated they spent about $90,000 from the day the lawsuit was filed on March 12, 2009, through June 13. The UCF attorneys stated they will supplement their motion with an itemized list of expenses once it is finished receiving bills for every component of its work.

Evans has not ruled on the motion and there is no timeline for his decision. The judge has spent nine to 11 hours daily presiding over the ongoing Plancher wrongful death trial.

ilimon@tribune.com or 407-650-6353. Visit OrlandoSentinel.com/sports for live updates from the Plancher trial. Read Iliana Limón's blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/knightsnotepad.

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