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Defense verdict in WLOX Defamation Trial

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A Harrison County jury returned a defense verdict Wednesday in the defamation trial against WLOX television station: A jury on Wednesday found that WLOX did not defame a homebuilding company in an “Action Report” in 2006. The jury of six men and six women deliberated less than two hours before reaching its verdict. Here is … Continue Reading

HUGE Defense Verdict in First FEMA Trailer Trial

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A federal jury in New Orleans yesterday returned a defense verdict in the first trial involving claims that FEMA trailers exposed the plaintiffs to dangerous fumes. Here is the AP story on the verdict.                                 Mississippi residents will remember the steady migration of the trailers heading south on I-55 in the Fall of 2005 after Katrina. Tens of … Continue Reading

$15,570,000 Verdict in Kia Trial –Probably will be Reduced

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Here is the jury’s verdict form in the near $16 million verdict against Kia Motors in federal court in Greenville on Friday. The verdict included $5,570,000 in economic damages and $10 million in non-economic damages. The non-economic award will presumably be reduced to $1 million due to Mississippi’s statutory cap on non-economic damages. From the … Continue Reading

Rumor: $16 million Jury Verdict against Kia Motors in Federal Court in Greenville

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I have a report of a $16 million jury verdict today in federal court in Greenville against Kia Motors. The case is presumably a products case involving a defective auto. Defense counsel was David Ayers and Robert Ireland of Watkins & Eager in Jackson.  Plaintiff’s counsel was Ralph Chapman from Clarskdale. I am trying to get more information… Continue Reading

More on the Sherwin-Williams Jefferson County Lead Paint Verdict

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The Law and More Blog has an interview with Chuck Moellenberg, Jr., the Jones Day partner who led the defense in the recent Jefferson County $7 million lead paint verdict. Here is the story. The story contains an "on the record" quote, which suggests there was an "off the record" excerpt that was deleted. Moellenberg characterizes the verdict … Continue Reading

Sherwin-Williams to appeal lead paint verdict

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An A.P. article reported in the Clarion-Ledger stated that Sherwin-Williams plans to appeal the $7 million lead paint verdict in Jefferson County last week: An attorney for Sherwin-Williams said the company will appeal the verdict. Attorney John Corlew said Sherwin-Williams hasn’t used lead in residential paint since 1972. Before an appeal Sherwin-Williams will file post-trial … Continue Reading

Recent Jury Verdicts: $2.83 million verdict in Warren County, Defense Verdict in Scott County

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On June 2, 2009 a Warren County Circuit Court jury returned a $2.83 million verdict in an automobile accident case. Here is the verdict form, which listed twelve categories of damages. I suspect that the defendants would have been better off with a general verdict form with one line for the total damages. Plaintiff’s counsel was Gale Walker … Continue Reading

Update on Two Hinds County Jury Verdicts

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I was able to obtain more information on the recent $4.6 million jury verdict in Hinds County Circuit Court. It is my understanding that the defendant was Baptist Hospital and one or more physicians, but that the verdict was only against the hospital. It was a wrongful death case where the plaintiff’s records disclosed that she … Continue Reading

Hinds County jury awards $2.5 million in electrical contact case

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A Hinds County Circuit Court jury awarded $2.5 million on Friday to David Marble, a thirty-nine year old cable repairman. Here is the Clarion-Ledger story, which is light on the details. The case was tried before Judge Tommie Green. Ashley Ogden represented the plaintiff and Hugh Gillon from Upshaw Williams represented the defendant, Deviney Construction. … Continue Reading

More facts emerge from Kroger beating case

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More facts emerged this week from the Kroger beating case. The Plaintiff presented the following evidence against Kroger at trial: The assailant told his two accomplices that he had "hit" the Kroger twice previously in the past few months. Kroger had two incident reports for parking lot muggings where the assailant’s description matched the assailant in this … Continue Reading

Madison County jury awards $1.9 million in car accident case

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A Madison County jury awarded a plaintiff $1.9 million today in a car accident case. The verdict may be the largest verdict in the history of the county. The trial judge was Judge William Chapman. The plaintiff’s medical bills were approximately $200,000 and there were over $1 million additional economic damages. The plaintiff’s attorney was John Davidson of … Continue Reading