After she was run over by a Boston Cab taxi at Logan Airport in 2003, Elizabeth Rideout had to sue several of Edward J. Tutunjian's taxi companies to get coverage for her medical treatment, including seven operations and eight months in the hospital. Tutunjian's corporate structure makes it difficult for accident victims to pursue his assets.
In this case, Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders agreed to freeze $5 million in Tutunjian's assets. Sanders found it likely that if the case went to trial, a jury would award Rideout at least that much and hold Tutunjian's larger business empire accountable for the accident -- a legal concept known as "piercing the corporate veil." Tutunjian later reached an out-of-court settlement with Rideout for $1.5 million, according to documents revealed in another case.