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Salto, Dianne D. Atty.

Galahad Pe Benito

CHAPTER V: Orphans & Dogs

As the faith of Schlichtmann being a personal injury lawyer continues, he had himself being
away from this case after the Rule 11 motion incident. He was focused on another injury cases
which was assigned to him. Suddenly, he got fed up by the fact that his hardwork was not
acknowledge even though in every case, he had spent his entire life just to win it. When he won
this Hotel Fire Case, Reed (one of the firms partners) got the large portion of the settlement of
the case and when he was being interviewed, he took the credit all by himself. Schlichtmann
decided to leave Reed & Mulligans firm. He started his own law office and Conway came along
with him. They agreed to take 10 new cases per year. Conway played a big role in the new firm.
He was the reviewer of each cases which will bring more money to the firm. He even named
cases as Dogs and Orphans. Dogs are those cases which would be easily rejected and orphans are
those cases that looked as if they might have some merit but that for one reason or another had
circulated among law firms, rejected by one and passed on to another.
Carney case was left at their table. They thought that it was a an orphan case since it was
turned down by Kriendler & Kriendler. This case was all about auto accident which was only for
a short stay in the hospital of Paul Carney. Later on, small injuries developed to a massive injuries
because his hips was eaten by the infection. Schlichtmann began trying to unravel what really had
happened. He discovered that it was the surgeons fault for prescribing steroids longer than
recommended. He had already spent thousand dollars for this case. By the end of the case, he had
won the case for 4.7$ million. After winning this case, he thought he is much ready for the
Woburn Case.
Reports had been circulating in the media about Woburn Case and he had nothing to do with
it. By this time, Cheeseman was preparing for another motion after his two motions were denied.
He was so confident that Judge Skinner would consider the hearing for Summary Judgment. He
even presented two affidavits of experts to prove that TCE was not established to be the root
cause of leukemia outbreak in Woburn. But, again, the Judge denied his motion. He didnt lose
himself. In fact, Cheeseman even thought of another thing that would make Schlichtmanns life
difficult by impleading Unifirst. This was a small company which Cheeseman believed as a
suspect for dumping TCE. In no time, three companies - W.R. Grace, Riley Tannery and Unifirst
would be fighting among themselves about who had contaminated the well. Facher was not
pleased. He thought that it would bring advantages to Schlichtmann.