The May 2013 issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter is out, with detailed information on the following verdicts:

  • $2,511,089 ($11,089 in actual damages, $2.5 million in punitive damages) antitrust verdict in Jasper County (Paulding);
  • $350,000 verdict in Monroe County malicious prosecution case covered here;
  • $80,000 verdict in Chickasaw County employment retaliation case;
  • plaintiff’s verdict in the Rigsby false claims act case covered here;
  • defense verdict in Hinds County car wreck case;
  • defense verdict in Bolivar County nursing home case covered here;
  • defense verdict in Gulfport federal court premises liability case;
  • mistrial, then JNOV for defendants in Adams County medical malpractice trial; and
  • defense verdict in Lowndes County medical malpractice trial.

My Take:

The JNOV after a mistrial is interesting, since JNOV stands for “judgement notwithstanding the verdict”, and there was not a verdict. As far as I know, there is no JNOM in the rule book. Not that I disagree with the judge finding a way to throw out the case out if he felt like a directed verdict should have been granted.

Paulding is an interesting place to try a case. Nothing there except the courthouse. Not even a country store. I don’t really get Jasper County having two judicial districts.