Question: What ever happened to attorney David Schutter?
Attorney David Schutter still
healing from a stroke
by Pat Gee.
Answer: Prominent Honolulu attorney David Schutter is still undergoing rehabilitation for a stroke he suffered in early 1997.
Schutter declined to be interviewed because of a pending lawsuit, according to his son, Tony Schutter, who said the attorney's health is stable. His father remains involved as a consultant to his law firm, he said.
Tony Schutter said a lawsuit his father filed in 1999 is still pending against the makers of the diet drug known as "fen/phen."
The attorney alleges that the drug, widely advertised for weight control, caused him to develop life-threatening injuries, including hypertension and stroke, mental and emotional distress, and other injuries and disabilities.
One of the more controversial cases Schutter was associated with involved his client Big Island rancher and business owner Larry Mehau, accused of being the "godfather" of Hawaii organized crime by former Republican state Sen. Rick Reed in 1985. Mehau's lawsuit against Reed was dropped when Reed agreed to a carefully worded apology that did not retract his "godfather" assertion.
Schutter, a friend and former law partner of Gov. Ben Cayetano, also raised the ire of politicians when he advertised that the governor would be attending the opening of his Las Vegas law office in 1995 while there to boost the University of Hawaii football program. Cayetano decided not to attend the party.
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