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April Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

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Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the April issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $37,000 verdict (minus 30% fault)- Simpson County uninsured motorist car wreck case (3/11/15); $25,000 total verdict for two plaintiffs- Warren County car wreck case (2/13/15); defense verdict- Hinds County medical malpractice case (3/5/13); defense verdict- Gulfport federal court… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict: Tallahatchie County Products Liability Case

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On February 17, 2015 a Tallahatchie County jury rendered a defense verdict in Laws v. Louisville Ladder, Inc. The plaintiff alleged that a ladder was defective because the rivet hold on the bottom step was damaged when it was punched, rendering the ladder unreasonably dangerous. The jury disagreed. Here is the Final Judgment. The jury’s vote was… Continue Reading

March Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the February issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $1 million verdict- Hinds County premises liability case covered here (3/5/15); $160,000 verdict (minus 20% fault)- Jackson County car wreck case (2/29/15); defense verdict- Hattiesburg federal court bar fight case covered here and here (2/11/15); defense verdict- Warren… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hattiesburg Federal Court Premises Liability Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last Wednesday a Hattiesburg federal court jury rendered a defense verdict in Green v. Logan’s Roadhouse. Here is the complaint. The plaintiff alleged that he was beaten up in a Logan’s Roadhouse and the defendant did not intervene to stop the beating. Here is the jury’s verdict. The jury found that Logan’s was not negligent. Ashley Ogden… Continue Reading

February Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

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Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the February issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $2,616,639 verdict- Hinds County trucking negligence case (1/22/15); $862,228 verdict- Harrison County construction contract case (10/21/14); $107,100 verdict- Jackson federal court employment retaliation case covered here (1/9/15); $30,000 verdict- Harrison County jet-ski negligence case (12/10/14); $5,058 verdict- Harrison… Continue Reading

January Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Posted in Mississippi Supreme Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
Here is a preview of the verdicts detailed in the January issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter: $600,000 verdict- Jackson federal court First Amendment / retaliation case discussed here and here (overturning verdict) (10/2/14); $20,757 verdict- Harrison County car wreck case, but with 10% fault to plaintiff (10/9/14); $250 verdict- DeSoto County car wreck case (9/4/14);… Continue Reading

$107,100 Jury Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Retaliation Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a total verdict of $107,100 in Robinson v. JSU and Fuller.  The plaintiff Fredrick Robinson was the Director of Sports Medicine at Jackson State. He claimed that the Athletic Director (Dr. Vivian Fuller) fired him in retaliation for participating in an EEOC investigation against Fuller. That… Continue Reading

Federal Court Overturns $600,000 Verdict Against City of Jackson

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
As reported in the Clarion-Ledger, District Judge Louis Guirola granted the City of Jackson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict in a lawsuit that resulted in a $600,000 verdict against the City. Here is my original post on the verdict. From the Clarion-Ledger: Don Hewitt, owner of Advanced Technology Building Solutions who hoped to build… Continue Reading

December Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

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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

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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

October Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

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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