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United States District Court


District of Massachusetts (Worcester)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 4:92-cv-40076-NMG

Barrett v. Pappas Date Filed: 06/02/1992


Assigned to: Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton Date Terminated: 10/27/1995
Demand: $15,000,000 Jury Demand: Both
Cause: 28:1332 Diversity-Medical Malpractice Nature of Suit: 362 Personal Inj. Med.
Malpractice
Jurisdiction: Diversity
Plaintiff
Martin G. Barrett represented by Alan S. Geismer , Jr.
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
101 Merrimac Street
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
617-227-3030
Fax: 617-523-4001
Email: geismer@srbc.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Donald A. Shapiro
180 North LaSalle St.
Suite 2401
Chicago, IL 60601
312-263-3443
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

V.
Defendant
M.D. Arthur M. Pappas represented by Raymond J. Kenney
Martin, Magnuson, McCarthy and Kenney
101 Merrimac St.
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
617/227-3240
Fax: 617-227-3346
Email: rkenney@mmmk.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Date Filed # Docket Text


06/02/1992 1  Complaint filed (dfs) (Entered: 06/02/1992)
06/02/1992   Filing Fee Paid. Receipt #: 400781 Amount: $120.00. (dfs) (Entered: 06/02/1992)
06/02/1992   Summons, CFI, R4.1, 18A issued for Arthur M. Pappas (dfs) (Entered: 06/02/1992)
09/25/1992 3  Judge Douglas P. Woodlock. CONDITIONAL Order of Dismissal; It is hereby ordered
pursuant to Rule 4(j) of the Fed. R. of Civ. Procedure that the above-entitled action be
dismissed without prejudice in twenty (20) days from the date of this Order unless proof of
service is filed or good cause shown why service has not been made. (bah) (Entered:
09/30/1992)
09/28/1992 2  Return of service executed as to Arthur M. Pappas 9/10/92 filed. Answer due on 9/30/92
for Arthur M. Pappas (dfs) (Entered: 09/28/1992)
10/01/1992 4  Notice of attorney appearance for Arthur M. Pappas by Raymond J. Kenney (bah)
(Entered: 10/02/1992)
10/01/1992 5  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas to strike ad damnum [1-1] complaint (bah) (Entered:
10/02/1992)
10/01/1992 6  Answer to Complaint by Arthur M. Pappas; jury demand (bah) (Entered: 10/02/1992)
10/01/1992 7  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas for Medical Malpractice Tribunal hearing (bah) (Entered:
10/02/1992)
10/08/1992 8  Plaintiff's Counsel's Notice of Change of Address (bah) (Entered: 10/08/1992)
11/09/1992   Case reassigned from Judge Woodlock to Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton . Notice sent to
counsel. (fmr) (Entered: 11/10/1992)
12/17/1992 9  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Order of Reference to Medical Malpractice Tribunal,
ENTERED, cc:cl. (bah) (Entered: 12/18/1992)
12/17/1992   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order granting [7-1] motion for Medical
Malpractice Tribunal hearing issued. "Motion allowed." cc/cl. (dfs) (Entered: 01/04/1993)
01/04/1993   Case forwarded to Worc. Superior Court for medical tribunal. (dfs) (Entered: 01/04/1993)
01/25/1993 10  Motion by Martin G. Barrett for leave to file First Amended Complaint , filed. (bah)
(Entered: 01/29/1993)
02/17/1993   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order granting [10-1] motion for leave to file First
Amended Complaint issued. "Motion allowed." cc/cl. (dfs) (Entered: 02/19/1993)
02/17/1993 11  Amended complaint by Martin G. Barrett , (Answer due 2/27/93 for Arthur M. Pappas )
amending [1-1] complaint filed. (dfs) (Entered: 02/19/1993)
04/05/1993 12  Answer by Arthur M. Pappas to amended complaint; jury demand filed, c/s. (bah)
(Entered: 04/05/1993)
04/20/1993 13  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas to authorize additional depositions by the defendant filed c/s,
cert/consl. (bah) (Entered: 04/22/1993)
04/20/1993 14  Certificate of Consultation Re: [13-1] motion to authorize additional depositions by the
defendant filed, c/s. (bah) (Entered: 04/22/1993)
04/20/1993 15  Memorandum by Arthur M. Pappas in support of [13-1] motion to authorize additional
depositions by the defendant filed, c/s. (bah) (Entered: 04/22/1993)
05/17/1993   Terminated document(s) mooting [5-1] motion to strike ad damnum [1-1] complaint
Requested by dfs. (dfs) (Entered: 05/17/1993)
05/21/1993   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order granting [13-1] motion to authorize additional
depositions by the defendant, ENTERED, cc:cl. (bah) (Entered: 05/21/1993)
05/26/1994   Certified copies of document # 10-15 sent to Worcester Superior Court for the Medical
Malpractice Tribunal. (bah) (Entered: 05/26/1994)
09/30/1994 16  Motion by Martin G. Barrett for Donald A. Shapiro to appear pro hac vice , filed. (bah)
(Entered: 10/03/1994)
09/30/1994 17  Certificate of Good Standing by Attorney Donald A. Shapiro, filed. (bah) (Entered:
10/03/1994)
10/31/1994   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order granting [16-1] motion for Donald A. Shapiro
to appear pro hac vice, ENTERED, cc:cl. "Motion allowed." (bah) (Entered: 11/01/1994)
02/21/1995 18  Opinion received from Medical Malpractice Tribunal. (fmr) (Entered: 02/22/1995)
02/22/1995 19  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Notice of Hearing/conference: set scheduling conference for
10:00 3/15/95 . (fmr) (Entered: 02/22/1995)
03/10/1995 20  Joint Pre-Trial statement by Arthur M. Pappas, Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered:
03/10/1995)
03/13/1995 22  Letter by Donald A. Shapiro To: Judge Gorton dated: March 10, 1995 re: scheduling
conference, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 03/17/1995)
03/15/1995 23  Joint pre-trial statement by Arthur M. Pappas, Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered:
03/21/1995)
03/17/1995 21  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Notice of Hearing/conference: set scheduling conference for
3:30 4/11/95 . cc:cl (fmr) (Entered: 03/17/1995)
03/23/1995 24  Rule 16.1 Certification filed by Martin G. Barrett. (fmr) (Entered: 03/23/1995)
04/11/1995   Scheduling conference held. (fmr) (Entered: 04/13/1995)
04/11/1995 25  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: scheduling conference. Counsel appear for
scheduling conference. Discussion regarding length of trial. Counsel advise Ct. trial will be
7-8 days. Trial to commence Tuesday Oct. 3, 1995 at 9:00 a.m. Scheduling Order to issue.
Deft. to file brief re: statute of limitations & jurisdictional issue on or before May 31, 1995;
response due June 30, 1995. (fmr) (Entered: 04/13/1995)
04/13/1995 26  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Scheduling Order entered setting Expert witness list due on
4/30/95 Discovery cutoff 8/15/95 Pretrial conference on 3:30 9/8/95. (fmr) (Entered:
04/13/1995)
08/15/1995 27  Joint statement regarding alternative dispute resolution by Arthur M. Pappas, Martin G.
Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/15/1995)
08/18/1995 28  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Procedural Order entered re: Pretrial/Trial; Pretrial Conference
set for 3:30 9/8/95. cc:cl (fmr) (Entered: 08/18/1995)
09/01/1995 29  Pretrial memorandum by Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/01/1995)
09/05/1995 30  Pre-trial submittal by Arthur M. Pappas, filed. c/s (fmr) (Entered: 09/05/1995)
09/08/1995   Pre-trial conference held. (fmr) (Entered: 09/11/1995)
09/08/1995 31  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: pretrial conference, set Jury trial for 9:00
10/17/95 Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom. Counsel appear for PTC. Case set for trial on
10/17/95 at 9:00 a.m. Motions in Limine & Objections to exhibits and/or witnesses to be
filed on or before 9/26/95; Resp. to Motions in Limine, Proposed Voir Dire, Requests for
instructions & proposed verdict questions to be filed on or before 10/3/95. Ct. offers that
case may be referred for mediation. Deft's counsel objects to settlement because of
ramifications. (fmr) (Entered: 09/11/1995)
09/08/1995 32  Amended Pretrial memoranda by Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/11/1995)
09/08/1995 33  Motion by Martin G. Barrett for leave to file a first amended complaint , filed. (fmr)
(Entered: 09/11/1995)
09/14/1995   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order entered granting [33-1] motion for leave to
file a first amended complaint. "Motion allowed." cc:cl (fmr) (Entered: 09/15/1995)
09/26/1995 34  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas in limine , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/26/1995)
09/26/1995 35  Objection of the defendant, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/26/1995)
10/03/1995 36  Suggested voir dire questions by Arthur M. Pappas, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 37  Proposed Special Questions to the Jury filed by Arthur M. Pappas. (fmr) (Entered:
10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 38  Requests for instructions to the Jury by Arthur M. Pappas, filed. (fmr) (Entered:
10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 39  Trial brief by Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 40  Motion by Martin G. Barrett in limine , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 41  Motion by Martin G. Barrett in limine , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 42  Proposed voir dire questions by Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 43  Objection to defendant's proposed exhibit by Martin G. Barrett. filed. (fmr) (Entered:
10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 44  Motion by Martin G. Barrett to amend [32-1] final pretrial memorandum , filed. (fmr)
(Entered: 10/03/1995)
10/03/1995 45  Request for Jury instructions by Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/03/1995)
10/11/1995 46  Objection by Arthur M. Pappas re: [42-1] voir dire jury, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/11/1995)
10/11/1995 47  Objection by Arthur M. Pappas to plaintiff's motion in limine to limit expert testimony,
filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/11/1995)
10/11/1995 48  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas to amend [30-1] memorandum , filed. (fmr) (Entered:
10/11/1995)
10/11/1995 49  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas for pre-charge , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/11/1995)
10/12/1995 50  Objection by Arthur M. Pappas re: [44-1] motion to amend [32-1] final pretrial
memorandum, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/12/1995)
10/12/1995 51  Supplemental Witness list by Arthur M. Pappas, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/12/1995)
10/12/1995 52  Letter by Donald A. Shapiro dated: October 11, 1995 to: Judge Gorton re: withdrawing
objection to exhibit #16, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/12/1995)
10/12/1995 53  Motion by Martin G. Barrett in limine , filed. c/s. (fmr) (Entered: 10/12/1995)
10/12/1995 54  Motion by Martin G. Barrett to amend [32-1] memorandum , filed. (fmr) (Entered:
10/12/1995)
10/12/1995 55  Affidavit of Donald A. Shapiro, re: [54-1] motion to amend [32-1] memorandum, filed. c/s.
(fmr) (Entered: 10/12/1995)
10/13/1995 56  Objection by Martin G. Barrett to defendant's proferred deposition testimony, filed. (fmr)
(Entered: 10/13/1995)
10/13/1995 57  Memorandum by Martin G. Barrett in opposition to [34-1] motion in limine, filed. (fmr)
(Entered: 10/13/1995)
10/13/1995 58  Reply by Martin G. Barrett to objection to [44-1] motion to amend [32-1] final pretrial
memorandum, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/13/1995)
10/13/1995 59  Letter by Donald A. Shapiro dated: October 12, 1995 to: Judge Gorton re: requesting
permission to set up a television in Court, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/13/1995)
10/13/1995 60  Supplemented Witness list by Martin G. Barrett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/13/1995)
10/13/1995   Terminated document granting [54-1] motion to amend [32-1] memorandum, granting [53-
1] motion in limine, denying [49-1] motion for pre-charge, granting [48-1] motion to
amend [30-1] memorandum, granting [44-1] motion to amend [32-1] final pretrial
memorandum, denying [41-1] motion in limine, granting [40-1] motion in limine, denying
[34-1] motion in limine (Counsel notified by telephone this date) Requested by dfs. (dfs)
(Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/17/1995   Jury trial held. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/17/1995 62  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: jury trial - day one Court Reporter: C.
Dahlstrom. Case called for civil jury trial - Day One. Jury of 8 empanelled. Conference
w/counsel. Discussion re: depositions (video & written). Taping of Dr. Pappas' Press
Conference & exhibits. Jury is sworn & Timothy O'Brien named foreman. Judge gives
preliminary statement to the jury. Pltff's opening statement. Deft's opening statement.
Pltff's evidence begins with testimony of Martin Glen Barrett. Ct. recessed at 3:30 p.m.
(fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/18/1995 63  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: jury trial day two Court Reporter: C.
Dahlstrom. Case called for jury trial - Day Two. Conference with counsel regarding
objections to depositions. Various exhibits marked & admitted into evidence. Pltff's
evidence continues with testimony of Martin G. Barrett. Ct. dismissed jury at 3:10 p.m.
Conference w/counsel. Ct. recessed at 3:15 p.m. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/19/1995 61  Objection by Martin G. Barrett to: defendant's [38-1] jury instructions, filed. (fmr)
(Entered: 10/19/1995)
10/19/1995 64  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: jury trial day three Court Reporter: C.
Dahlstrom. Case called for jury trial - Day Three. Pltff's evidence continues with testimony
of Dr. Harrington. Jury excused at 3:15 p.m. Conference w/counsel. Ct in recess at 3:20
p.m. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/19/1995 65  Supplemental requests for Jury instructions by Arthur M. Pappas, filed. (fmr) (Entered:
10/27/1995)
10/19/1995 66  Defendant's waiver of requests for instructions. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/20/1995 67  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas for directed verdict , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/20/1995 68  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: jury trial day four denying [67-1] motion for
directed verdict Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom. Case called for jury trial - Day Four. Pltff's
evidence continues w/video testimony of Dr. Steadman. Pltff. RESTS. D's M. for Directed
verdict FILED; motion DENIED. Deft's evidence begins w/testimony of James Lou
Gorman. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/23/1995 69  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: jury trial day five Court Reporter: C.
Dahlstrom. Case called for jury rial - Day Five. Deft's evidence continues w/testimony of
Dr. John Richmond. Jury excused at 3:35 p.m. Further conference w/counsel. Ct. recessed
at 3:45 p.m. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/23/1995 70  Further supplemental request for Jury instructions by Arthur M. Pappas, filed. (fmr)
(Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/24/1995 71  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: jury trial day six Court Reporter: C.
Dahlstrom. Case called for jury trial - Day six. Deft's evidence continues w/testimony of
Talbot Smith; suspending Dr. Pappas' testimony because of logistics. Dr. Pappas resumes
his testimony. Deft RESTS. Jury excused at 1:20 p.m. Chg. conference w/counsel. Deft.
renews M. for Directed Verdict, Motion DENIED. Ct is recessed at 4:00 p.m. (fmr)
(Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/25/1995 72  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Clerk's Notes: re: jury trial day seven Court Reporter: C.
Dahlstrom. Case called for jury trial - Day Seven. Further chg. conference w/counsel.
Deft's closing argument. Pltff's closing argument. Court's chg. to the jury begins at 11:39
a.m. and ends at 12:20 p.m. Questions rec's from jury att 3:05 p.m. Ct. further instructs jury
regarding questions at 3:25 p.m. Verdict is recorded at 3:57 p.m. Judgment in favor of
plaintiff in the amount of 1.7 million dollars. Ct. is adjourned at 4:00 p.m. (fmr) (Entered:
10/27/1995)
10/27/1995 73  Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Judgment entered for Martin G. Barrett against Arthur M.
Pappas. Principal: $ 2,394,153.80 cc:cl (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
10/27/1995   Case closed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1995)
11/06/1995 74  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas for judgment as a matter of law under Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b) ,
filed. (fmr) (Entered: 11/06/1995)
11/06/1995 75  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas in the alternative for a new trial pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P.
50(b) and 59 , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 11/06/1995)
11/06/1995 76  Memorandum by Arthur M. Pappas in support of [74-1] motion for judgment as a matter of
law under Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b), [75-1] motion in the alternative for a new trial pursuant to
Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b) and 59, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 11/06/1995)
11/20/1995 77  Memorandum by Martin G. Barrett in opposition to [74-1] motion for judgment as a matter
of law under Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b), [75-1] motion in the alternative for a new trial pursuant to
Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b) and 59, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 11/20/1995)
11/24/1995 78  Notice of appeal by Arthur M. Pappas filed. Fee Status: pd Fee Amount: $ 105 Receipt #:
401706 Appeal record due on 12/24/95. (fmr) (Entered: 11/29/1995)
12/07/1995   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order entered denying [74-1] motion for judgment
as a matter of law under Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b). "Motion denied." cc:cl (fmr) (Entered:
12/08/1995)
12/07/1995   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order entered denying [75-1] motion in the
alternative for a new trial pursuant Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b) and 59. "Motion denied." cc:cl (fmr)
(Entered: 12/08/1995)
12/15/1995 79  Motion by Arthur M. Pappas for reconsideration of [0-0] endorsed order, [0-0] endorsed
order , filed. c/s. (fmr) (Entered: 12/15/1995)
12/18/1995   Certified copy of docket and record on appeal forwarded to U.S. Court of Appeals re: [78-
1] appeal . (fmr) (Entered: 12/18/1995)
01/03/1996 80  Notice of appeal by Arthur M. Pappas filed. Fee Status: pd Fee Amount: $ 105 Receipt #:
401732 Appeal record due on 2/2/96 (fmr) (Entered: 01/03/1996)
01/03/1996 81  Letter by Donald A. Shapiro dated: 12/22/95 to: Judge Gorton re: Objection to M. for
Reconsideration filed. (dfs) (Entered: 01/05/1996)
01/05/1996   Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Endorsed Order entered denying [79-1] motion for
reconsideration of [0-0] endorsed order, [0-0] endorsed order. "Motion denied." cc/cl. (dfs)
(Entered: 01/05/1996)
01/23/1996   Certified copy of docket and record on appeal forwarded to U.S. Court of Appeals re: [80-
1] appeal . (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 82  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: September 8, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 83  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: October 17, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 84  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: October 18, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 85  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: October 19, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 86  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: Octber 20, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 87  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: October 23, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 88  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: October 24, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 89  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: October 24, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996 90  Transcript of proceedings for held on proceeding date: October 25, 1995 before Judge:
Gorton. Court Reporter: C. Dahlstrom (fmr) (Entered: 01/24/1996)
01/24/1996   Notice of Docketing Record on Appeal from USCA re: , received. USCA NUMBER: 96-
1072 (fmr) (Entered: 01/29/1996)
01/26/1996   Transmitted supplemental record on appeal: re: . (fmr) (Entered: 01/30/1996)
06/12/1996 91  Stipulation of Satisfaction of judgment, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 06/12/1996)
06/13/1996 92  Mandate of US Court of Appeals re: dismissing [0-0] case . (fmr) (Entered: 06/14/1996)
06/13/1996   Record on appeal returned from U.S. Court of Appeals, re: . (fmr) (Entered: 06/14/1996)
06/13/1996   Closed flag. (fmr) (Entered: 06/14/1996)
06/13/1996   Closed flag. (fmr) (Entered: 11/14/1997)

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