The conflict hinges on questions about who should shoulder blame -- and financial responsibility -- for a crash that likely will deprive the lobsterman of his livelihood.
Desjardins suffered significant injuries the afternoon of
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Moody's vehicle crossed the centerline, police said at the time.
Desjardins was taken to
According to a statement from Gideon and co-counsel
Moody pleaded guilty in
In March, Desjardins filed suit in
Citing Maine's Liquor Liability Act, Desjardins' attorneys allege that each establishment knew or should have known that Moody would pose a danger to others because she would be driving and that the collision was a result of negligence and recklessness of employees of each business.
The suit seeks damages including "several hundred thousand dollars" for extensive past medical expenses, as well as future medical and life needs, lost earnings and pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Gideon said Moody's insurance policy -- "not a large policy" -- has already paid the maximum.
Gideon said in the initial complaint that attorneys believed Moody was drinking in "at least one and possibly several of the establishments" named as defendants.
The suit continues against
"She takes full responsibility for the accident," Libby said. "This case is about whether and to what extent other parties may be liable under
According to court documents, Winner's,
Desjardins' attorneys said Friday that they continue to depose employees of the three businesses and expect the case to go to trial in mid-2017.
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