Al Dente: Connecticut Woman Awarded $100,000 After Receiving Head Injury From A Bowl Of Pasta Thrown By Irate Lawyer

Screen Shot 2018-06-10 at 9.13.20 PMConstance Koulmey has been awarded over $100,000 after she was hit by a bowl of pasta thrown by lawyer James Sweeney.  She alleged that she received a head injury from the bowl that Sweeney threw at another restaurant customer.  That left an al dente on her head that was enough for the Waterbury, Connecticut jury to find in favor of her battery claim.

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GWU Sued For Refusing Appeal In Sexual Assault Case Despite Allegations of False Testimony

150px-gwulogoGeorge Washington University is embroiled in a federal challenge against its handling of a case by one of our students accused of sexual assault.  The case raises troubling questions of the school’s actions following the disclosure of alleged false statements by an accuser.  Many years ago, I wrote a letter to the GW faculty objecting to changes in our rules governing the investigation and adjudication of sexual harassment and assault cases.  Like many universities during the Obama Administration, GW was reducing protections for students accused of such misconduct under pressure from the Department of Education (here and here),  Now, a “John Doe” has raised some of those very concerns in the alleged refusal of the school to allow an appeal in his case following the discovery of potentially exculpatory evidence. Continue reading

Doctor Featured In Videos Dancing to Hip Hop In Surgeries Accused Of Leaving Patient With Permanent Brain Damage

Youtube screenshotDr. Windell Davis Boutte loves to post videos of herslf dancing around patients to hip-hop tunes like the video below.  Patients however are suing over what they say is her lack of attention and expertise in doing cosmetic surgeries once the dancing stops.  Indeed, one such tummy tuck left a bride with permanent brain damage. Continue reading

Student and Former Professor Sue ABA For Accrediting Failed Charlotte School of Law

downloadThere is an interesting complaint filed in U.S. ex rel Bernier v. Infilaw against the American Bar Association that accuses the ABA of negligence in its accreditation of the Charlotte School of Law, which later went defunct.  What is interesting is that the lawsuit (alleging that the ABA should not have accredited the school) was brought not just by former student and graduate Ese Love, but a former faculty member, Barbara Bernier.

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California Charges Mugshots.com Owners . . . Then Releases Their Mugshots

WPTV_Thomas-Keesee-and-Sahar-Sarid_1526580362433.jpg_87226339_ver1.0_640_480 The alleged owners of Mugshots.com—Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee—are now among the mugshots of the week.  The company has long been criticized as little more than a shakedown of people desperate to remove embarrassing mugshots on the Internet.  California prosecutors alleged Sarid, Keese, Kishore Vidya Bhavnanie and David Usdan engaged in with extortion, money laundering, and identity theft through the site. Continue reading