October 4, 2011
Woman Who Won $9 Million Judgment Faces Battle Over Bankruptcy Fees
"Sixteen years ago, Michelle DiLieto's doctors told her she had cancer and removed her reproductive organs. Facing steep bills and ongoing medical complications, she filed for bankruptcy a year later.
As she struggled in bankruptcy, DiLieto was hit with more startling news: her cancer diagnosis was wrong.
She sued the doctors and Yale University in January of 1997 but the case bounced through the judicial system until finally ending up at the state Supreme Court in 2010, where a $9.2 million judgment in the North Branford woman's favor was upheld.
But Michelle DiLieto's legal tussles are far from over. She's now in an ugly court fight with her former bankruptcy trustee, a disbarred Farmington lawyer facing prison time who charges that DiLieto owes him $80,000 in legal fees.
In an unusual hearing before bankruptcy Judge Albert S. Dabrowski in U.S. District Court in Hartford, DiLieto is representing herself against Michael J. Daly, the former trustee in her 1996 bankruptcy case."
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