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: Justice Jim Smith

Defense Verdict in Hattiesburg Federal Court Premises Liability Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last Wednesday a Hattiesburg federal court jury rendered a defense verdict in Green v. Logan’s Roadhouse. Here is the complaint. The plaintiff alleged that he was beaten up in a Logan’s Roadhouse and the defendant did not intervene to stop the beating. Here is the jury’s verdict. The jury found that Logan’s was not negligent. Ashley Ogden… 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

Mississippi Supreme Court Reverses and Renders Hinds County Premises Liability Verdict

Posted in Appellate Decisions From Jury Verdicts, Mississippi Supreme Court
On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed and rendered a $2.5 million jury verdict against Kroger in 2009 based on the 2007 beating of a customer in a purse snatching incident. Here is the Court’s opinion in Knox v. Kroger. I wrote on the verdict in 2009 here and here. Justice Dickinson wrote the Court’s… Continue Reading

Miss. Supreme Court Reverses and Renders $7 million Lead Paint Verdict 4 Years After Reversing Trial Court’s Grant of Summary Judgment

Posted in Appellate Decisions From Jury Verdicts, Mississippi Supreme Court
The 2007 Supreme Court Decision: In June 2003, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Lamar Pickard granted Sherwin-Williams summary judgment in a lead paint case (Pollard v. Sherwin-Williams). The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed. But on February 15, 2007, the Miss. Supreme Court reversed and remanded the case for trial in a 5–4 decision. Here is the Court’s… Continue Reading

Miss. Supreme Court Reverses and Remands Rankin County Defense Verdict–Rules that Each Wrongful Death Beneficiary May Fully Participate in Trial

Posted in Appellate Decisions From Jury Verdicts, Mississippi Supreme Court
On Thursday a unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court reversed and remanded a 2009 Rankin County defense verdict based on the trial court’s refusal to allow attorneys representing different wrongful death beneficiaries to separately question witnesses during trial. Here is the Court’s opinion in Dooley v. Byrd.  Facts: The case involved the death of two-year-old Jonathan Dooley, who was killed when the… Continue Reading

$875,000 Verdict in Federal Court Sex Discrimination and Harassment Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
Friday evening a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division, returned an $875,000 verdict for Claire Harrison in her discrimination lawsuit against LMA North America, Inc. Here is the Jury Verdict. I’m having trouble posting the Complaint. The plaintiff alleged that the company discriminated against women and had a… Continue Reading

$3.6 Million Verdict in Hinds County Premises Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
A Hinds County Circuit Court jury returned a $3.6 million verdict Friday in a premises liability case. Judge Winston Kidd was the trial judge.   The Plaintiffs were Benny Ohazurike, Esther Ohazurike, and Darlington Ohazurike (6 year old son). Plaintiff’s counsel were Ashley Ogden and former Chief Justice Jim Smith.     The Defendants were Parham Pointe South (owner),… Continue Reading

Updated Information on Friday’s Verdict in Durr v. MBS Construction

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
More information is emerging about the $3 million jury verdict rendered in federal court in Jackson on Friday. On August 26, 2006 the Plaintiff Megan Durr was a Target employee working in the Target store on I-55 and Countyline Road in Jackson. MBS Construction was an independent contractor doing remodeling in the store for Target. MBS… Continue Reading

$ 3 Million Verdict in Federal Court Premises Liability Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
There are reports of Ashley Ogden obtaining another large verdict in a premises case, this one in federal court in Jackson. Here is the Complaint in Durr v. MBS Construction. The Plaintiff was shopping at the Target Store in Jackson in 2004 when a wall fell on her, causing severe injuries. MBS was performing construction… Continue Reading

Kingfish: Jeff Weill Running for Hinds County Circuit Court Judge

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Politics in Mississippi
Kingfish has the story on Jeff Weill’s announcement that he is running for the Hinds County Circuit Court Judge seat that is being vacated by Judge Swan Yerger: Jackson City Councilman Jeff Weill of Ward 1 announced his candidacy for the Hinds County Circuit Judge position currently held by Swan Yerger. Yerger announced he is… Continue Reading

Hinds County jury awards $2.5 million in electrical contact case

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
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