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Attorney Bratton Successfully Negotiates Peaceful End to Standoff

On Wednesday, November 18, 2016, Attorney Bratton received word that one of his clients had been involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the day, and had barricaded himself in his home, while the Laconia Police Department surrounded it.  After several conversation with his client, the local police department, and the Office of the Belknap County Attorney, Attorney Bratton arranged for the peacful surrender of his client into the custody of the Laconia Police Department without injury or incident.

 

Laconia Daily Sun

Attorney Bratton Represents President Obama's Uncle

Framingham Police allege Mr. Obama ran a stop sign to a main road nearly striking a police cruiser. He was pulled over and failed several field sobriety tests.  At the police station his breathalyzer reading was 0.14.  He was charged with OUI Liquor, Failure to Yield and Negligent Operation.  He faced a possible one year loss of license on the OUI charge.  Attorney Bratton discovered the arresting officer had over a dozen car accidents while on duty with his police cruiser striking objects such as traffic signs, guardrails, other cars and a stone wall.  Attorney Bratton was able to negotiate a dismissal of the Failure to Yield and Negligent Operation charges and had the OUI charge continued without a finding for one year to be dismissed at that time.  Mr. Obama had his license revoked for forty-five days but after three days he received a twelve hour license to enable him to drive to work. 

 

Boston Globe

Bratton & Springer, LLP Win 2.5 Million for Client in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

 

On February 14, 2007, a heavy snow storm moved through the Northeast, lasting much of the evening and stopping around midnight.  The following morning on February 15, 2007, prior to 7:00 a.m., the Plaintiff, a twenty-seven year old nursing student was the operator of a vehicle traveling south in the right lane of Route 93, in the vicinity of Exit 4, in the State of New Hampshire.  Her six year old son was properly restrained in a child seat in the rear of her vehicle.  The Defendant was a long distance hauling company from Quebec, Canada, operating a tractor trailer with an attached flatbed loaded with palettes of plywood.  As the Defendant attempted to pass the Plaintiff his truck began to jack-knife, dragging the Plaintiff’s vehicle along the roadway and guardrail a distance of approximately two football fields.  As a result of the impact the Plaintiff suffered various injuries including a fracture of her right femur and hip, incurring approximately $100,000.00 in medical bills.  Her son was tragically killed in the loss.

 

Bratton & Springer filed a lawsuit against the Defendant, asserting that he was negligent in the operation of his tractor trailer and his employer was vicariously liable.  A litany of experts was retained to further support the case for trial.  The Defendant contended that he was not negligent in the operation of his tractor trailer. Moreover, the Defendant argued that the State of New Hampshire and the Department of Transportation were negligent in the maintenance of the subject roadway in failing to properly sand and salt.  The Defendant subsequently filed a third party complaint against the State of New Hampshire. Throughout the handling, the Defendant, through its insurance company, made offers only as high as $700,000.00 to resolve the case amicably.

 

Three weeks prior to trial at a non-binding mediation before the Honorable Robert Morrill, Bratton and Springer successfully obtained a settlement for their client in the sum of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars.