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December Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the December issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $10.5 million verdict- Coahoma County products liability trial mentioned here (9/25/14); $125,000 verdict- Aberdeen federal court breach of contract case mentioned here (11/4/14); $34,775 verdict/ but 48% fault to plaintiff- DeSoto County car wreck case (7/16/14); $30,000 verdict- Holmes County … 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

November Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the November issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $4,568,116 verdict- Hinds County products liability case discussed here (10/7/14); $484,481 verdict- Harrison County medical malpractice case (9/25/14); $65,000 verdict- Aberdeen federal court employment retaliation case discussed here (9/20/14); plaintiff verdict- Oxford federal court insurance coverage dispute (9/26/14); defense verdict- … Continue Reading

$125,000 Jury Verdict in Oxford Federal Court Bad Faith Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On November 4, 2014 a federal court jury in Oxford rendered a plaintiff verdict of $125,000 in Pass v. GEICO. Here is the Judgment. Here is the Pre-Trial Order. The plaintiffs bought car insurance from GEICO over the telephone. GEICO sent plaintiffs an insurance card showing they were covered. Nine days later, plaintiffs were in a … Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Nursing Home Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On October 23 a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a defense verdict in Haymore v. Chadwick Nursing & Rehab. Center. Here is the Court’s memorandum opinion denying SJ, which outlines the case facts. The nursing home resident entered the facility in 2009 at the age of 79 with a history of diabetes, strokes and other … Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Panola County Alienation of Affection Trial

Posted in Alienation of Affection Lawsuits, Verdicts in Mississippi
On October 17, 2014 a Panola County jury rendered a defense verdict in Thomas v. Beer. The case involved everyone’s favorite cause of action–alienation of affection. The defendant was an OBGYN who had an affair with a nurse who was married, but had filed for divorce. The evidence included over 1,700 text messages between 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

$2.5 Million Verdict in Asbestos Drilling Mud Case, But only 10% Fault to Defendant

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It’s pretty borderline whether I have enough information to post about this verdict, but what the heck. There was an asbestos drilling mud trial over the last couple of weeks before Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard in Jefferson County. The trial resulted in a $2.5 million verdict, but only 10% of the fault was apportioned to … Continue Reading

October Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the October issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $500,000 verdict- Hinds County slip-and-fall case discussed here (9/10/14); $200,000 verdict (but plaintiff 50% fault)- Tunica County pedestrian-vehicle accident outside casino; $150,000 verdict- Jackson federal court employment due process case (8/20/14); $30,000 verdict- Harrison County uninsured motorist car wreck … Continue Reading

$600,000 Verdict Against City of Jackson in Retaliation Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
A federal court jury in Jackson rendered a $600,000 verdict on October 2, 2014 in Hewitt v. City of Jackson. Here is the Clarion-Ledger article on the verdict. Here is the verdict form. From the Clarion-Ledger article: Don Hewitt, whose Advanced Technology Building Solutions group was looking to take on the two projects, this week was … Continue Reading

$65,000 Verdict in Aberdeen Federal Court Retaliation, A.D.A. Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On September 20, 2014 a federal court jury in Aberdeen rendered a $65,000 plaintiff’s verdict in Mitchell v. City of Tupelo. Here is the Verdict Form. Here is WTVA’s article on the verdict. From the article: A former bailiff [Latisha Mitchell] with the Tupelo Municipal Court has won a legal ruling against the city in U. … Continue Reading

September Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

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Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the September issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $173,306 bench verdict- Holmes County nursing home case covered here (7/24/14); $80,993 verdict- Harrison County breach of contract case (8/1/14); $43,560 verdict- Madison County timber trespass case (6/25/14); $36,500 verdict- Jackson federal court disability discrimination case covered here … 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

Defense Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Slip-and-Fall Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On August 15, 2014 a Jackson federal court jury rendered a defense verdict in Chatham v. Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc. Here is the Complaint. The Complaint alleges that Ms. Chatham was a business invitee at the Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant located in Meridian, Mississippi. While in the restaurant, Ms. Chatham alleges that employees of the restaurant wiped food from … Continue Reading

August Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

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Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the August issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $40,000 verdict-  Neshoba County premises liability case discussed here (6/30/14); $6,719, $6,784 verdicts- Harrison County car wreck case (7/23/14); $5,000 verdict [minus 50% comparative fault]- Tate County car wreck case (7/1/14); defense verdict- Hinds County premises liability case … Continue Reading

Former JSU Women’s Basketball Coach Recovers Another $200,000 from School

Posted in U.S. Supreme Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
In December I wrote here about a $182,000 jury verdict for former women’s basketball coach Denise Taylor-Travis against Jackson State University. On August 1, 2014 District Judge Henry Wingate rendered a $200,000 verdict for Taylor on her separate invasion of privacy claim against JSU. Here is Judge Wingate’s opinion: Taylor v. JSU – Opinion on … Continue Reading

July Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

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Here is a preview of the verdicts reported in the July issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter:  $13.8 million verdict (50% fault to defendant)- Hinds County construction negligence/ explosion case (5/16/14); $100,00 verdict- Aberdeen federal court FMLA retaliation case (6/10/14);  $60,000 verdict- Jackson federal court breach of contract case (6/10/14); defense verdict- Harrison County … Continue Reading

June Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
Here is a preview of the verdicts reported in the June issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter, including a big federal court verdict that I was unaware of: $2,888,000 jury verdict – Greenville federal court marine negligence case (4/17/14); $28,961 jury verdict- Smith County underinsured motorist case (4/17/14); $20,434 jury verdict- Jackson federal court … Continue Reading

$100,000 Jury Verdict in Family Medical Leave Act Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On June 10, 2014 a Northern District federal court jury rendered a plaintiff verdict of $100,000 in Newcomb v. Corinth School District. The jury found that the Corinth School District violated the Family and Medical Leave Act by firing Mr. Newcomb when his shoulder injury caused him to miss work. The school district claimed that … Continue Reading