On July 23, 2017 a Clay County jury rendered a total plaintiff verdict of $600,000 in Tutor v. UPS and Liberty Insurance. It is thought to be the largest verdict in Clay County history.
Concluding a 6-day trial, the jury rendered compensatory verdicts of $500,000 against the employer (UPS) and $100,000 against Liberty Insurance, which is a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual.
The jury also found that both defendants exhibited reckless disregard for the plaintiff, but awarded $0 in punitive damages.
Expert witnesses included former MWCC Commissioner Lydia Quarles for the plaintiff and Administrative Law Judge Jim Higginbotham for the defendants.
Lance Stevens and Rod Ward (Stevens & Ward in Jackson) and Ed Blackmon (Blackmon and Blackmon in Canton) represented the plaintiff.
Ford Bailey and Gregg Caraway of Wells Marble in Ridgeland represented Liberty. James Shelson and Fred Banks of Phelps Dunbar in Jackson represented UPS.
Judge Lee Coleman presided.
I wonder if this had anything to do with the UPS trucks driving around my neighborhood like bats-out-of-hell in the evenings?