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OSU Loses Bid To Regain $33M From Fundraiser

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STILLWATER, OK (AP) – A judge in Dallas has denied Oklahoma State’s bid to get back $33 million spent on premiums as part of a fundraising scheme built around buying $10 million life insurance policies on about two dozen donors to the athletic program.

The so-called “Gift of a Lifetime” program was launched in 2007, and Oklahoma State claimed in court filings that it was told it could make as much as $350 million through the program. Instead, OSU nixed the program about three years ago and then sued to try and regain premiums it had already paid.

U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis on Friday ruled against Oklahoma State and top booster T. Boone Pickens in a summary judgment. The ruling allows Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. to keep the premiums it received.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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