Beer Pong and the Supreme Court


Admittedly, I did not think I would ever read a decision in which supreme court justices discussed drinking games, let alone “beer pong.” But I was wrong, so wrong. In Copp v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, some guys at Virginia Tech were celebrating the end of exams and playing, you guessed it, beer pong. In a not so veiled effort to increase their pong ranking, two malefactors gained entrance to the apartment and sought to challenge the pong masters. When denied the opportunity, the disaffected youth were led unwillingly out of the apartment. (Footnote: I have seen the soccer skills of one of the roustabouts and understand why he was ousted). Undeterred, a fight began that resulted in criminal charges and a subsequent civil suit, which begat another suit by the insurer denying its duty to provide a defense or coverage.

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