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Defense Wins Hinds County Car Wreck Case with $75,000 Verdict

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
About a month ago a Hinds County jury returned a $75,000 verdict in Taylor v. Stubblefield. Here is the Complaint. The Defendant, who lives in Hinds County, rear-ended the Plaintiffs in Magee. It appears to have been a low impact rear-ender. My understanding is that the Defendant was going approximately 3 mph. The Defendant admitted… Continue Reading

Another Hinds County Nursing Home Trial — Another Defense Verdict

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
As discussed here, two weeks ago a Hinds County jury in Judge Winston Kidd’s courtroom rendered a defense verdict in a nursing home / medical malpractice case. Last week, there was a another trial of a nursing home case in Hinds County, this one in Judge Tommie Green’s courtroom. The result was another defense verdict.… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Nursing Home/ Med Mal Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a Hinds County jury rendered a defense verdict in a case against Lakeland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Dr. David Flemming. Here is the jury’s verdict. I watched the trial for several hours Friday morning while the nursing home was putting on its case. The case involved a 79-year-old woman who died two… Continue Reading

Now This is a real judge – public defender fight

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Supreme Court
As reported by TBA, yesterday the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled on the brouhaha between the Hinds County Public Defender’s office and Judge Jeff Weill. Lest anyone think this was a real fight comes this ABA Journal report on a fight between a judge and public defender in Florida. The Florida fight involved a “highly unlikable… Continue Reading

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