Sorority sister asks judge to dismiss lawsuit against daughter of Alabama coach Nick Saban



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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A woman asked a judge Thursday to dismiss her lawsuit against the daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, bringing an apparent end to a legal fight between sorority sisters that began after a night of partying in Tuscaloosa.

Attorneys for plaintiff Sarah Grimes and for Kristen Saban would not say whether there had been a settlement of the lawsuit, which was set for trial in early August.

"We are pleased that this case is over," said Josh Hayes, a lawyer for the coach's daughter.

Stephen Strickland, who filed the request on behalf of Grimes, declined to comment.

The one-sentence dismissal motion did not give a reason for the move, but it said each woman should pay her own legal costs.

Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge James Roberts did not immediately rule on the request.

Grimes sued the coach's daughter in Tuscaloosa County in 2012 over a fight they had while attending college in 2010. The lawsuit said Grimes suffered lasting injuries during the brawl, which evidence showed began over a Facebook post after a night of drinking.

Arguments during a hearing and court documents showed the two women got into a fight at Kristen Saban's apartment after Saban posted "No one likes Sarah yayyyyy!" on Facebook.

Grimes banged on Saban's bedroom door demanding that the post be deleted and the two were soon in a fight that included pushing and hair pulling.

Grimes portrayed Kristen Saban as the aggressor. Grimes said she suffered serious injuries, including a concussion and nasal problems that required surgery. But a judge in Tuscaloosa cited Alabama's "stand your ground" law in ruling that Saban only defended herself against Grimes.

Nick Saban and his wife, Terry Saban, were not parties in the lawsuit, which sought an unspecified amount of money.

Grimes and Kristen Saban, one-time close friends and members of Phi Mu sorority at Alabama, have both graduated from the university.

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