LA Times Article: Huntington Gynecologist Sued By Ex-Patient Claiming Unnecessary Episiotomy During Birth

The Los Angeles Times has reported on a civil lawsuit filed by Jane Doe D.M., a Boucher LLP client, against Dr. Patrick M. Sutton, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and the Hospital’s Medical Staff, in the Los Angeles Superior Court for sexual battery, gender violence, and related claims related to her mistreatment while a patient during her pre-natal care and the birth of her child at the Hospital. Read the article here.

Boucher LLP Files Civil Lawsuit On Behalf of Female Victim of Obstetrician Dr. Sutton and Huntington Memorial Hospital

Boucher LLP has filed a civil lawsuit in California State Court for the County of Los Angeles on behalf of a victim of obstetrician Dr. Patrick Mark Sutton and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California.

Plaintiff Jane Doe D.M. was a patient of Dr. Sutton and the Hospital for her first pregnancy and childbirth. Prior to and during her childbirth, Plaintiff alleges that she suffered sexual violence at the hands of Dr. Sutton, including a forced surgical episiotomy, in the sanctuary of the Hospital that she alleges was fully engaged in a cover up of numerous patient complaints against Dr. Sutton regarding his abusive behavior towards pregnant female patients, as well as countless investigations and disciplinary actions by the Medical Board of California. Instead of protecting Plaintiff, among other female patients, Dr. Sutton and the Hospital violated her and destroyed her first birth experience.

Plaintiff alleges she is not alone. Numerous other women have alleged sexual misconduct and violence by Dr. Sutton, including forced, unnecessary episiotomies, and claim that the Hospital did nothing to protect them.

Plaintiff will not suffer in silence or allow other women to potentially suffer harm as patients of Dr. Sutton and Huntington Memorial Hospital. Read the Complaint.

Chowchilla Kidnapping Victims Seek Justice

Boucher LLP has filed a civil lawsuit against three kidnappers on behalf of victims of a mass kidnapping known as the "crime of the century."  As ABC News reports:

 

The Chowchilla school bus kidnapping victims are fighting back, even though it's been nearly 40 years since what prosecutors called the crime of the century. Twenty six children and their driver were abducted at gunpoint, and buried alive in a Livermore quarry.

The kidnappers served decades in prison. One is still there, and the other two have been released. And now, they all face a lawsuit, requesting a jury trial to make them pay money for what they did to those kids.

The Schoenfeld brothers, Rick and Jim, and their friend, Fred Woods, drew up a twisted plan to get rich. They kidnapped a bus load of children, headed home from summer school in Chowchilla, and brought them to a quarry in Livermore where they had buried a moving van. Then, they forced all 26 kids and their bus driver to climb down, sealing the hatch.

Ed Ray, the bus driver spoke at a news conference in July 1976 saying: "The ceiling started to cave in and everything else. We thought we were going to have it right then, but kept begging to let us out," he said.

They were down there for 18 hours. Frantic parents overwhelmed the police switchboard, so the kidnappers couldn't get through with their $5 million ransom demand before the bus driver and kids escaped. Now, 40 years later, the victims are still feeling the effect.

"They did a number of emotional damage to all of us, including our family, our parents," said kidnapping victim Jodi Medrano. "Our lives are never the same after that, ever."

The kidnappers each got life sentences. Fred Woods is still in prison, but the Schoenfeld brothers have been paroled.

"You have these victims sitting there going how is this possible?" said Ray Boucher, lawyer for 10 of the victims. "Twenty seven consecutive life sentences and these men are getting out free?"

Boucher has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the victims against Woods and the Schoenfelds for "false imprisonment, intentional or reckless infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery." He explained California law allows the victims to sue up to 10 years after the kidnappers are paroled.

"If they get out, then they ought to be held accountable and they ought to pay," Boucher told the I-Team. "And they ought to be able to stand in front of these children, these victims and answer for what they did to them."

Plaintiffs are represented by Raymond P. Boucher and Shehnaz M. Bhujwala of Boucher LLP.