Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
Money settlement of punitive damages cases
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are you … [Read more...] about Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked. Why?
Florida: Jeff Greene wants to be your next governor. This will perhaps be a difficult accomplishment for Greene, because, and this is key, Jeff Greene appears to be a massive idiot. A huge, honking stooge. Just a grade-A fool-boy. Despite being a billionaire, or perhaps due to the fact that he is filthy rich, Greene appears to have legit zero idea about how to run a successful campaign, or have any sense as to what Democratic voters are looking for in 2018. That's not to say that any of the other Democratic candidates do, but Greene's flowing river of gaffes make fellow one-percenter Philip Levine look like Eugene V. Debs by comparison.Greene will not win the governorship. But he is a billionaire, so he will be fine and it is definitely OK to make fun of how often he has tripped over his own rich-guy tuxedo coattails during this race. Here a brief recap of Jeff Greene being a huge dummy on the campaign trail:1. Using his own, paid Mar-A-Lago membership to go to Mar-A-Lago and make an … [Read more...] about Here’s Every Hilariously Dumb Jeff Greene Gubernatorial Scandal So Far
A man awarded $289 million after his cancer was linked to Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller product is likely to walk away with only a fraction of that amount. That's because of a change under last year's Republican tax cut that results in litigation settlements being taxed at 100 percent, regardless of how much of the money goes to legal fees. Lawyers' fees and expenses can eat up as much as half of a jury award, Robert Wood, a tax attorney, told CBS MoneyWatch. As a result, plaintiff Dewayne Johnson could collect no more than $20 million of the original award, according to Wood's calculations. And that's before Monsanto, now owned by German drugmaker and biotech Bayer, appeals the ruling, which could reduce the award. Before passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, attorney fees used to be deductible, reflecting that many plaintiffs' lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis. If a person won a $100,000 award, a typical contingent-fee contract for 40 percent would give her lawyer … [Read more...] about Monsanto’s $289 million lawsuit award to be gobbled up by taxes, fees
In many states, there's no punishment for adultery. But in North Carolina, it can be a serious offense, as one man came to realize last Thursday.A judge ordered Francisco Huizar III to pay $8.8 million to Keith King, whose wife he had been seeing for 16 months.Why so much? Well, most of the money awarded consisted of punitive damages, solely meant to penalize the defendant. But about $2.2 million of it was in compensatory, or tangible damages.King's attorney, Joanne Foil, said that after finding out about the ongoing infidelity of his wife, Danielle Swords, his company lost revenue and an employee --- his wife. The pair eventually separated.King filed the suit on grounds of criminal conversation, alienation of affection, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery. How the affair played out Swords and Huizar met at a bike show in 2015, a little more than five years after she and her husband got married.Swords (who … [Read more...] about Man having affair must pay lover’s husband $8.8 million, judge rules