Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

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Philip is a trial attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi with a diverse civil litigation practice.

Tag Archives: Jim Waide

$83,447 Verdict in Oxford Federal Court Retaliation Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Wednesday a federal court jury in Oxford rendered a plaintiff verdict of $83,447.08 in Griggs v. Chickasaw County. Here is the resulting Judgment. The plaintiff Lamon Griggs was a Chickasaw County bailiff and solid waste enforcement officer who ran for Sheriff against long-time chief deputy and current Sheriff James Meyers. Griggs lost. Meyers took… Continue Reading

Alcorn State Loses $500,000 Jury Verdict

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
It was a bad week on the reservation. First, Alcorn State lost wildly successful head football coach Jay Hopson to USM. On top of that, on Thursday a Claiborne County jury rendered a $500,000 verdict to former ball coach Ernest T. Jones for mental anxiety. Technically, the verdict was against the Mississippi Institutions of Higher… 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

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses 5th Circuit in a Jim Waide §1983 Action

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court
On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 5th Circuit decision that affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment in Johnson v. City of Shelby. Here is the Court’s per curiam Opinion. The plaintiffs worked as police officers for the City of Shelby. They alleged that they were fired for refusing to ignore an… 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

$35,000 Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Retaliation Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On August 15, 2014 a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a $35,000 verdict in Wheat v. Rush Foundation Hospital. Johnny Wheat was a registered nurse at Rush Hospital in Meridian. Wheat complained to the EEOC that loud music played in the orthopedic surgery operating room interfered with his ability to hear, due to his… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Vacates 5th Circuit Decision on Mississippi Retaliatory Discharge Case

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court
On June 30, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert and vacated a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Gibson v. Kilpatrick. The case originated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, with Judge Michael Mills presiding. The plaintiff was the former police chief of Drew. He alleged that the… 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

$271,200 Jury Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Retaliation Lawsuit

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On April 18, 2014 a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a plaintiffs’ verdict in the total amount of $271,200 in Smith v. Tower Automotive Operations USA. The two plaintiffs were white employees of Tower Automotive in Meridian. The two plaintiffs alleged that they were fired in retaliation for their complaints about racist remarks about… Continue Reading

$18,000 Jury Verdict against City of Bruce in Federal Court Racial Discrimination Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On January 14, 2014 a federal court jury in Oxford rendered a $18,000 verdict in Gray v. City of Bruce. Here is the Plaintiff’s Complaint in the case. Roderick Keith Gray alleged that in 2010 the City of Bruce failed to promote him to the position of Public Works Director because he is black. Gray was… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Aberdeen Federal Court ADA Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Wednesday a federal court jury in Aberdeen rendered a defense verdict in Morton v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. The plaintiff had a prosthetic leg and alleged that Cooper Tire did not make reasonable accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Cooper Tire defended on the basis that plaintiff’s job position required physical… Continue Reading

$350,000 Verdict in Monroe County Malicious Prosecution Case

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
On April 25, 2013 a Monroe County jury returned a $350,000 verdict in Lochridge v. Pioneer Health Services of Monroe County, Inc. Pioneer is a management company that operates the Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. Linda Lochridge worked for Pioneer as the director of the Garden Suites Assisted Living Center in Aberdeen. Before 2007, Mrs. Lochridge used… Continue Reading

$700,000 Jury Verdict in Federal Court Retaliation Trial in Aberdeen

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a federal court jury returned a $700,000 verdict in Harshberger v. Hill-Rom Company. Here is the Complaint. The plaintiff alleged that she was a successful sales person for defendant. Plaintiff alleged that defendant fired her after she reported that another employee was stealing mattresses from one of defendant’s customers and forging customer signatures.… Continue Reading

North Miss. Federal Court Jury Renders $82,000 Verdict for White Hospital Board Attorney in Racial Discrimination Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a federal court jury in Aberdeen rendered a plaintiff verdict of $82,000 in Dulin v. Board of Commissioners of the Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Here is the verdict. The plaintiff, age 80, was the board attorney for Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Plaintiff alleged that the Board fired him because he is white. Evidence showed that over a… Continue Reading

North Mississippi Federal Court Jury Renders $100,000 Verdict in Sexual Harassment and Battery Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Wednesday a North Mississippi Federal Court jury in Aberdeen rendered a total verdict of $100,000 in Dauzat v. Collums Furniture Mfg., Inc. and Troy McAlister. The plaintiff worked for Collums as a factory worker. Plaintiff alleged that during her employment her supervisor (Troy McAlister) sexually harassed her by touching her breasts, touching her rear, offering to pay… Continue Reading

Federal Court Jury Awards Former Como Police Chief $50,000 for Racial Discrimination

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last Wednesday a North Mississippi federal court jury awarded $50,000 in emotional distress damages to former Como police chief Cleve Gale. Como fired Gale in 2008 after serving 25 years as chief. The 3–2 vote to terminate Gale was along racial lines with 3 white alderman voting to terminate. Here is Gale’s Complaint. The jury’s verdict… Continue Reading

$771,000 Verdict in North Mississippi Federal Court Employment Retalitory Discharge Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a North Mississippi Federal Court jury in the Delta Division rendered a total verdict of $771,000 in a retaliatory discharge trial against DeSoto County and jail administrator Steve Atkinson. The plaintiffs were former jailers Tammy Williams, Cheryl Hambrick and Earl Russell. The plaintiffs alleged that they were fired for reporting Sgt. Stephen Winters for… Continue Reading

$388,000 Verdict in Northern District Federal Court Racial Discrimination Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On November 4 a Northern District (Western Division) Federal Court jury awarded Michael Mathis $388,000 against Northeast Mississippi Electric Power Association. Here are the jury’s special verdict forms. Here is the plaintiff’s complaint. The plaintiff alleged that NEMEPA fired him because he is black. The jury agreed. The jury awarded $138,000 for back pay and benefits… Continue Reading

$578,000 Federal Court Jury Verdict in Employment Discrimination Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On August 12, 2011 a federal court jury in the Northern District rendered a $578,500 verdict against Boyd Tunica, Inc. d/b/a Sam’s Town Hotel & Gaming Hall in an employment discrimination case. Here is the Jury’s verdict. Here is a Clarion-Ledger article on the verdict. The jury awarded the following damages: $102,000: back pay $76,500:… Continue Reading

$38,000 Verdict in Federal Court Gender Discrimination Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger reported Monday on a January 7, 2011 jury verdict of $38,000 in a gender discrimination case by Mary Beth Watt against the Miss. Dept. of Wildlife. The verdict was in the federal district court in Jackson. The article states: Mary Beth Watt, hired in January 2008, said she was fired about six months after… 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

Defamation Trial Continues in Biloxi

Posted in General
The Sun-Herald reported on Sunday about a rare defamation trial taking place in the Harrison County Circuit Court in Biloxi. You can read the article here. In the lawsuit the father-son owners of a Lucedale construction company (Heath Hudson and Gerald Hudson) are suing Coast TV station WLOX. Anyone who has lived on the Coast… Continue Reading