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Jury Verdict Leaves Rappers Singing the Blues

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger reported last week that former NBA and USM basketball star Clarence Weatherspoon has won a Hinds County lawsuit against two rap artists. From the article: Donald Sharp, a.k.a. “Cadillac Don,” and Tiyon Rogers, a/k/a “J Money;” filed the lawsuit in 2011 against Weatherspoon and his company, 3535 Entertainment LLC, claiming Weatherspoon owed the … Continue Reading

$4.5 Million Verdict in Hinds County Product Liability Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
A few weeks ago a Hinds County jury rendered a verdict of $4,568,116 in Walls v. Williams-Pyro, Inc. The trial involved a fire suppression device that attached underneath stove vent hoods. The device activates when flames from a stove top fire trigger a fuse on the device that causes a pyrotechnic explosion and fire suppressant … Continue Reading

$500,000 Verdict Against Target in Hinds County Slip-and-Fall Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last week a Hinds County jury rendered a $500,000 verdict in McFarland v. Target Corp. Here is the Verdict Form. Lesa McFarland alleged that she fell in Target on August 4, 2011 on the See Spot Save dollar aisle. This was a high traffic aisle that was often ransacked with items on the floor because….who doesn’t … Continue Reading

$52 Million Jury Verdict in Hinds County Products Liability Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday afternoon a Hinds County jury rendered a $52 million verdict in a case against Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc. and the driver of a vehicle. The trial started on September 3. The plaintiff was paralyzed at age 4 while riding in a belt positioning booster seat manufactured by Dorel. The jury apportioned 50% fault to … Continue Reading

Hinds County Medical Malpractice Trial Ends With Jury Instruction Screw Up for the Ages

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday afternoon a Hinds County medical malpractice trial took one of the weirdest turns imaginable. First, the the non-weird part. Dr. Paul Bracey treated Patrina Reynolds at the St. D emergency room in 2007.   Dr. Bracey ordered an antibiotic and sent Ms. Reynolds home. Ms. Reynolds ended up getting very sick and going … Continue Reading

$194,154 Bench Trial Verdict in Hinds County Breach of Contract Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On April 25, 2013, Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd rendered a bench verdict of $194,154.95 in W&G Properties, LLC v. Hinds County Economic Development District. Here is the Court’s opinion and order. The trial was in June 2011. The case facts would be great for a contracts class in law school. HCEDD sold land … Continue Reading

$3.5 Million Hinds County Medical Malpractice Verdict with 75% Fault Apportioned to Defendant Doctor

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a Hinds County jury rendered a $3.5 million verdict in Glover v. MBMC et al. Plaintiff was a 15 year old treated at the emergency room for a rash. The ER doctor prescribed medication that caused second degree chemical burns all over the boy’s body. Plaintiff is permanently scarred.  The medication is supposed … Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Nursing Home Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a Hinds County Circuit Court jury returned a 12–0 defense verdict in a nursing home negligence case against Lakeland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which is in the Tara Cares system. The plaintiff alleged that the nursing home’s negligence resulted in dehydration, fecal impaction and death. The decedent was a resident of Lakeland for … Continue Reading

$100,000 Verdict in Re-trial of Hinds County Electrical Contact Injury Case with 30% Fault to Plaintiff

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a Hinds County jury rendered a $100,000 verdict Friday in Marble v. Deviney Construction. This was the retrial of a personal injury case involving an electrical contact. The jury apportioned 30% fault to the plaintiff and 70% to Deviney. This will presumably lower the judgment to $70,000.  The award was broken down as follows: $20,000 … Continue Reading

Eaton Contemplated Trying to Improperly Influence Judge Yerger

Posted in Eaton v. Frisby, Hinds County Circuit Court
From page 83 of Judge Weill’s September 19, 2012 opinion and order: This document contains the January 15, 2008 handwritten notes of Sharon O’Flaherty, former Eaton senior litigation attorney of her telephone conference with Schaalman. The notes stated: "Ed P. said DeLaughter’s opinions may not be respected by Yerger. He’s lazy…" Additionally, the notes say "MS seems so … Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Medical Malpractice Trial

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last week a Hinds County jury returned a defense verdict in Malouf v. Fredericks. The case involved medical malpractice allegations against two Jackson physicians. Mike Malouf, Sr. of Jackson represented the plaintiff. Carl Hagwood and Diane Pradat Pumphrey of Wilkins Tipton in Jackson represented one of the physician doctors and Whit Johnson of Currie Johnson in Jackson … Continue Reading

Judge Weill Wakes Up Eaton CEO– Result: Heads Roll

Posted in Eaton v. Frisby, Hinds County Circuit Court
Eaton Corp. has found religion. As I discussed 2 weeks ago, Eaton got into more trouble with Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill in the Frisby litigation over not producing emails. The emails contained reports from Ed Peters—who had not appeared in the case—on his efforts to influence Judge Bobby DeLaughter to help Eaton. Judge Weill ordered Eaton CEO … Continue Reading

Jackson Lawyer Partially Wins Lawsuit Over Fee in Fen-Phen Litigation

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
In 1999 American Home Products Corporation, the manufacturer of the diet drug fen-phen, agreed to pay $3.75 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits by the drug’s users. The drug was linked to heart valve disease. It was a stunning settlement that included payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars to plaintiffs who took the drug with no apparent ill-effects. Some plaintiffs recovered in … Continue Reading

Eaton Corp. in Hot Water Again Over Peters-DeLaughter Mess in Eaton v. Frisby Case

Posted in Eaton v. Frisby, Hinds County Circuit Court
Alison Grant with the Plain Dealer in Cleveland wrote an article on Eaton Corp.’s latest trouble in its Hinds County litigation against Frisby Aerospace. Here is the article.  The article covers Hinds Circuit Judge Jeff Weills’ Order requiring multiple Eaton employees—including CEO Alexander Cutler—to explain why Eaton did not previously produce emails from Ed Peters … Continue Reading

Judge Weill Petitions Supreme Court to Stop Judge Green’s Case Assignment Plan for Hinds County

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court
Hinds Circuit Judge Jeff Weill petitioned the Mississippi Supreme Court to stop Senior Judge Tommie Green’s plan to assign only civil cases to Judge Weill and Judge Kidd with all criminal cases assigned to Judge Green and Judge Gowan. Here is Judge Weill’s petition, minus the cover page (I don’t have it). Here is my … Continue Reading

Judges Kidd and Weill to Preside Over Most Civil Cases in Hinds County Circuit Court

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court
As reported earlier this week on Jackson Jambalaya, Hinds County Senior Judge Tomie Green entered an Order Establishing Criminal and Civil Divisions in Hinds County. You can read the Order at the JJ link above. The Order tabs Judges Kidd and Weill to primarily preside over civil cases. Judges Green and Gowan will primarily preside over criminal cases. … Continue Reading

Welcome to McDonald’s!!!! Video Shows Wackenhut Guard Assaulting Plaintiff in McDonald’s Premises Case

Posted in Appellate Decisions From Jury Verdicts, Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals
The post last week about the Court of Appeals decision in the Hinds County Wackenhut-McDonald’s premises liability case generated a lot of discussion. Posted below are the two videos from inside the McDonald’s. The first video shows the Wackenhut security guard shoving the plaintiff with a lot of force. The second video from the back … Continue Reading

Miss. Court of Appeals Reverses $1 Million Verdict in Hinds County Premises Liability Trial

Posted in Appellate Decisions From Jury Verdicts, Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals
On Tuesday a unanimous Mississippi Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a 2009 $1 million Hinds County premises liability verdict in Wackenhut v. Fortune. Here is my December 2009 post on the verdict. This was the case where the plaintiff was a homeless man who got into it with the manager and security guard at the McDonald’s on Highway … Continue Reading