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The attorney representing the estate of Jack Hill Jr., a 21-year-old college student whose death allegedly stemmed from a sickle cell attack during a late-night basketball practice, said that if the incident had occurred several decades earlier, it might not have sparked a lawsuit.

"Years ago, people would have thought, 'What a sad situation. This man died of overexertion,'" said Tom Kline of Kline & Specter, who recently filed a complaint in Hill v. Slippery Rock University. The complaint names the university, the university health center, a nurse practitioner with the health center and the National Collegiate Athletic Association as defendants.

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