Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Comments on the Latest Developments in Mississippi Civil Litigation

For Mississippi native son and attorney Philip Thomas, blogging about law, politics and topical issues in the state extends a conversation he’s been... More

Tag Archives: Judge Carlton Reeves

$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

$1,903,961 Bench Verdict in Federal Tort Claims Act Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Monday U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves entered a judgment of $1,903,961 in Chickaway v. U.S. The case involved allegations of medical malpractice against Choctaw Health Center, a tribally operated facility that is deemed part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The case involved the death of a twelve year old boy from … Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Ford Motor Co. Products Liability Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On November 19, 2013 a federal court jury in Jackson returned a defense verdict for Ford Motor Co. in a products liability case filed by a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper. The trooper was injured when his state-issued 2008 Ford Crown Victoria left the roadway and hit a tree at approximately fifty miles-per-hour. The trooper was … Continue Reading

Judge Carlton Reeves Upholds Mississippi’s Medical Malpractice Non-economic Damages Caps in Federal Tort Claims Act Case

Posted in Tort Reform, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Randy Wallace posted on Friday about U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ opinion regarding Mississippi’s cap of $500,000 on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Wallace’s post quotes part of the opinion: All grief is not equal. All pain cannot be reduced to a one-size-fits-all sum. One cannot imagine what it is like to know that the … Continue Reading

Federal Judge Dismisses City of Canton’s Lawsuit Against Nissan

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
As reported in the Clarion-Ledger last week, District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed the City of Canton’s lawsuit against Nissan. Canton sought a declaratory judgment that its 2000 agreement to not annex the Nissan plant for at least 30 years is not binding. Here is Judge Reeves’ opinion. Here is my post on the lawsuit from last year where … Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Ford Roll Over Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
A federal court jury in Jackson returned a defense verdict Friday afternoon in a products liability trial against Ford Motor Co. The case involved the 2005 roll-over accident of a Ford Expedition SUV in which the teenage driver (Marion Hankins of Yazoo City) was ejected through the sun roof. It was a one vehicle accident and … Continue Reading

It’s a Good Day to Spectate Mississippi Litigation

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Lots of interesting court proceedings in Jackson today. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today at 9:00 a.m. in the Barbour Pardon-gate case. As always, you can watch the video of the arguments live here at the Supreme Court’s website. It’s an en banc hearing, so you can bet that there will be some … Continue Reading

Celebration Followed by Sadness for Mississippi’s Federal Judiciary

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Friday Mississippi’s federal judiciary celebrated the appointment of District Judge Carlton Reeves with his investiture at Jackson State University. The vast majority of the Mississippi federal judiciary attended the event, which was marked by several moving speeches about the Yazoo City native’s accomplishment of becoming a federal judge. Judge Reeves’ former law partner Cliff Johnson served as the Master of … Continue Reading

Carlton Reeves Now Judge Reeves

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Southern District Chief Judge Louis Guirola swore in Carlton Reeves as a United States District Judge this morning in Judge Wingate’s courtroom at the federal courthouse in Jackson. Congressman Bennie Thompson attended the ceremony, as did most of the federal court  judges based in Jackson and several Mississippi Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals Judges. … Continue Reading