Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Comments on the Latest Developments in Mississippi Civil Litigation

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

Tag Archives: Judge Sul Ozerden

$37,200 Jury Verdict in Gulfport Federal Court Sexual Harassment Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
What better way to observe Presidents’ Day than a report on a jury verdict in a recent sexual harassment trial? The trial was week before last in Gulfport in the case of Canaski v. Mid-Mississippi Properties. Here is the salacious Complaint. The three plaintiffs alleged sexual harassment and retaliation by defendants after the defendants bought… Continue Reading

$8.5 Million Jury Verdict in Federal Court Crane Accident Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a federal court jury in Gulfport rendered an $8.5 million verdict in Williams v. Manitowoc Cranes, LLC. The case involved a crane accident in which the plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury. The plaintiffs filed the case in federal court in 2014. The jury determined that the crane failed to contain adequate warnings… 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┬ádenying 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

$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

State Farm Ordered to Pay $2.9 Million in Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses in Rigsby Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
On February 21, 2014 U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden ordered State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. to pay over $2.9 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses in the Rigsby v. State Farm whistle-blower case related to State Farm’s adjustment of claims after Hurricane Katrina. Judge Ozerden also trebled damages to a total of $750,000. Here… Continue Reading

June Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter Covers Small Potatoes French Fry Trial

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
The June issue of the Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter is out. The June edition reports details on the following Mississippi verdicts: $5 million plaintiff verdict in Coahoma County medical malpractice trial reported in this post; $161,500 plaintiff verdict in Yazoo County personal injury at funeral home case; $25,215 verdict in Hinds County car wreck case;… Continue Reading

Rigsby Sisters Win Whistleblower Trial Against State Farm

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
A Federal Court jury in Gulfport rendered a verdict for the Rigsby sisters on Monday in their whistle-blower lawsuit against State Farm Insurance Company. Judge Sul Ozerden presided in the case. Anita Lee with the Sun Herald has this good article on the verdict. Also look for coverage on the verdict on the Slabbed blog.… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Gulfport Federal Court Slip and Fall Trial Involving Stennis Space Center

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Monday a federal court jury in Gulfport rendered a defense verdict in a slip and fall case against the U.S. Government and several other defendants. Here is the Plaintiff’s second amended complaint. The plaintiff (Robert Weisler) worked as a security officer at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. In 2008, Weisler suffered injuries in a… Continue Reading

Lloyd’s of London Gets a Dose of Loser Pays in Katrina Insurance Coverage Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Earlier this year I wrote about a Plaintiff verdict in a Hurricane Katrina wind vs. water trial against Lloyd’s of London here, here and here. The plaintiff was allowed to recover attorney’s fees in the case because the Court found that Lloyd’s had no arguable basis to deny the claim. On December 21 Judge Sul Ozerden awarded the… 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

After Round of Hot Potato, Moore v. Allen Cobb Law Firm Ends Up with Northern District Judges

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
In this post in January I wrote about a discrimination lawsuit by Sherrie Moore against the Allen, Cobb, Hood and Atkinson law firm based in Gulfport. Since the initial filing, there have been a round of recusals by the Coast-based federal court judges: Judge Ozerden recusal Order; Magistrate Judge Walker recusal Order; Order Re-assigning Case;… Continue Reading

Judge Ozerden Stays Gulf Oil Spill Cases Pending Decision by MDL Panel

Posted in Gulf Oil Spill Litigation, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
As expected, Southern District Judge Sul Ozerden has begun staying the Gulf Oil Spill cases pending a decision on whether an MDL will be created in the litigation. Here is one of Judge Ozerden’s orders.  I am not aware of any of the defendants filing a substantive response to the complaints before entry of the stay orders.… Continue Reading

Carlton Reeves Nominated for Southern District U.S. District Judge

Posted in National Politics, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
It took a year and a half, but President Obama finally nominated Jackson attorney Carlton Reeves to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. The nomination has been expected from the day that Obama won the 2008 presidential election. Reeves is a Yazoo City native and is a graduate of Jackson… Continue Reading

Morning Update: John Gargiulo replaces Judge Terry; Dispute over McCoy’s status as U.S. Attorney

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
The big news yesterday was Governor Barbour’s appointment of Gulfport resident and native John Gargiulo to fill the Circuit Judge seat vacated by the retiring Judge Jerry Terry. Here is the Sun-Herald’s article on the appointment, which I speculated on in this post in May when Judge Terry announced his retirement. The article states: Gargiulo attended college… Continue Reading

A&O files another affidavit

Posted in A&O Life Funds Litigation
Pursuant to a court order, A&O Life filed another affidavit today regarding the members of the LLC that owns A&O, which is Blue Dymond Capital Group, LLC, which is owned by Physician’s Trust, LLC. Here is the affidavit, which was signed by Russell Mackert. The affidavit states that Brent Oncale and Adley Wahab sold A&O to Blue Dymond… Continue Reading

A&O files another affidavit

Posted in A&O Life Funds Litigation
On Friday A&O Life filed an affidavit identifying the members of Blue Dymond Capital Group LLC. Here is the affidavit, which was signed by Russell Mackert. The affidavit lists Physician’s Trust LLC as the sole member of Blue Dymond. Physician’s Trust was identified last week in a comment on this blog as an entity affiliated with A&O.… Continue Reading