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$675,000 — Three Patients Allege They Were Lured into Drug and Sex Parties by Their Therapists

Plaintiffs in this case were three patients of a male psychotherapist who practiced under the license of his psychologist wife. Two of the plaintiffs were boyfriend and girlfriend. The boyfriend and girlfriend alleged that after long-term psychotherapy, defendant husband psychotherapist invited them to defendants’ house for dinner where he induced the boyfriend to take the drug ecstasy while both defendants took the drug. During the night, the defendants committed multiple boundary violations including an alleged sexual assault on plaintiff girlfriend. The third plaintiff, in a separate case, alleged that defendants induced her to go to Los Angeles with them to see an art show when their real purpose was to engage her in sexual activity and to take drugs with her, despite the fact that they knew she was a drug addict.

The defendants admitted that the first two plaintiffs were at their house and that the third plaintiff went to Los Angeles with them, but denied any ill intentions or use of any drugs or sexual contact. The Law Offices of Winer, Burritt & Scott, LLP was able to develop evidence which tended to establish that the testimony of the plaintiffs was highly credible and the firm blew up a picture taken by one of the plaintiffs during the Los Angeles trip which showed defendant wife with a rolled up dollar bill with a white substance on a table in front of her.

RESULT: Settlement on behalf of the plaintiffs $675,000

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