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Update: $1 Million Verdict in Hinds County McDonald’s Premises Liability Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
A Hinds County jury returned a $1 million verdict this week for a plaintiff who was beaten by a Wackenhut security guard in a McDonald’s restaurant located on Highway 80 in Jackson after a dispute with the manager over a cup of ice. The plaintiff was allegedly a homeless man who was intoxicated at the time … Continue Reading

$88,000 Jury Verdict in Lowndes County Alienation of Affection Trial

Posted in Alienation of Affection Lawsuits, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last week a Lowndes County Circuit Court jury awarded Chrissy Strickland $88,000 in damages in an alienation of affection lawsuit against Melissa Simmons. The verdict consisted of $87,500 in compensatory damages and $500 in punitive damages. The small punitive verdict will allow the plaintiff to recover attorney’s fees. The plaintiff (Strickland) alleged that in early … Continue Reading

Federal Court Jury Awards LaVerne Gentry $100,000 for Retaliation by Jackson State

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On the heels of Saturday’s lackluster loss to Alcorn State in football Jackson State suffered another defeat today when a federal court jury in Jackson awarded LaVerne Gentry $100,000 in her lawsuit against J.S.U. for discrimination and retaliation. Here is the Clarion-Ledger’s article. Here is the Ledger’s article from last week when the trial started, which described the … Continue Reading

No Punitive Damages in Wind vs. Water Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a federal court jury in Gulfport awarded no punitive damages in the latest State Farm Katrina wind vs. water trial. The jury, which had previously awarded the plaintiffs $52,300 in compensatory damages, took 80 minutes to reach its decision. This is the kind of result where there is no real winner. The plaintiffs … Continue Reading

Split Decision in Wind vs. Water Trial with Puntive Phase on Thursday

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
The Sun-Herald reports that in the latest Katrina wind vs. water trial a federal court jury deliberated 80 minutes before ruling for State Farm on the wind vs. water issue and the homeowners on the contents claim: After deliberating for 80 minutes Tuesday, a jury said Reginald Bossier isn’t entitled to any additional money for damage to his … Continue Reading

Warren County Silica Trial Results in $7.6 Million Plaintiff Verdict

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
Today a Warren County jury awarded a plaintiff $7.6 million in a silica trial before Judge Isadore Patrick. The verdict included $4.6 million in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages. The trial started last week. It is unclear how Mississippi’s damages caps may affect the amount of the verdict. There is a photograph of silica … Continue Reading

Defense verdict in WLOX Defamation Trial

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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