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

Category Archives: Hinds County Circuit Court

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$2 Million Verdict in Hinds County Car Wreck Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday February 7, 2019, a Hinds County jury in Jackson returned a unanimous $2 million verdict for the plaintiff in Kirkland v. Barnett. Plaintiff Carole Kirkland alleged that Defendant Mary Judith “Judy” Barnett ran a red light at the intersection of Pascagoula and State Street in downtown Jackson causing their cars to violently collide.  Ms.… Continue Reading

Big Verdict in Hinds County Medical Malpractice Trial – 15% Fault to Defendant

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a Hinds County jury returned a $2.5 million plaintiff verdict in Williams v. Ilercil. The jury apportioned 85% fault to St. Dominic Hospital, which settled before trial, and 15% to the defendant Orhan Ilercil. Of the verdict, $872,000 was for economic damages. After applying the $500,000 cap for non-economic damage, the total verdict… Continue Reading

Name Recognition Big Advantage in Judicial Elections

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Politics in Mississippi
The Hinds County Circuit Court will see two new judges in January, with election runoff winners Faye Peterson and Adrienne Wooten joining the bench. Three of the county’s four judges will have something in common–and I’m not talking about being African-American women. Peterson, Wooten and Circuit Judge Tomie Green all held elected office before winning… Continue Reading

Mississippi Judicial Elections Produce Some Surprises

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi
Trying to get election results for down ballot races in Mississippi is tough. I watched WLBT’s website last night and early this morning. Now (5:20 a.m.) it’s results are down. And now back up here. Before I get into it, take all this for what it’s worth. The way results came in for local races… Continue Reading

Governor Bryant Appoints Joseph Sclafani to Hinds County Circuit Court Judge

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Politics in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger’s Jimmie Gates reports on Governor Bryant’s appointment of Joseph Sclafani from a field of 11 applicants to fill the retired Judge Bill Gowan’s seat on the Hinds County Circuit Court. Sclafani has practiced at Brunini in Jackson since 2003. He will run for a 4-year term in the November election. The article notes… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Tort Claims Act Medical Malpractice Trial

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday Hinds County Senior Judge Tomie Green rendered a defense verdict in Nickerson v. Univ. of Miss. Medical Center. Here is the Court’s Memorandum Opinion and Order. The decision was from a 2016 trial of a medical malpractice case against UMMC that Plaintiff filed in 2004. The case involved the 2003 death of a… Continue Reading

$3.1 Million Jury Verdict in Hinds County Premises Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a Hinds County Circuit Court jury returned a total verdict of $3,108,000 in Crogier v. Heritage Properties. $3 million of the verdict was for pain and suffering, so the total verdict will presumably be reduced to $1,108,000 in the judgment. The case involved a home invasion at an apartment complex in Jackson. Plaintiff… Continue Reading

Defense Wins Hinds County Car Wreck Case with $75,000 Verdict

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
About a month ago a Hinds County jury returned a $75,000 verdict in Taylor v. Stubblefield. Here is the Complaint. The Defendant, who lives in Hinds County, rear-ended the Plaintiffs in Magee. It appears to have been a low impact rear-ender. My understanding is that the Defendant was going approximately 3 mph. The Defendant admitted… Continue Reading

Another Hinds County Nursing Home Trial — Another Defense Verdict

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
As discussed here, two weeks ago a Hinds County jury in Judge Winston Kidd’s courtroom rendered a defense verdict in a nursing home / medical malpractice case. Last week, there was a another trial of a nursing home case in Hinds County, this one in Judge Tommie Green’s courtroom. The result was another defense verdict.… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Nursing Home/ Med Mal Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a Hinds County jury rendered a defense verdict in a case against Lakeland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Dr. David Flemming. Here is the jury’s verdict. I watched the trial for several hours Friday morning while the nursing home was putting on its case. The case involved a 79-year-old woman who died two… Continue Reading

Now This is a real judge – public defender fight

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Supreme Court
As reported by TBA, yesterday the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled on the brouhaha between the Hinds County Public Defender’s office and Judge Jeff Weill. Lest anyone think this was a real fight comes this ABA Journal report on a fight between a judge and public defender in Florida. The Florida fight involved a “highly unlikable… Continue Reading

Jury Verdict Leaves Rappers Singing the Blues

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger reported last week that former NBA and USM basketball star Clarence Weatherspoon has won a Hinds County lawsuit against two rap artists. From the article: Donald Sharp, a.k.a. “Cadillac Don,” and Tiyon Rogers, a/k/a “J Money;” filed the lawsuit in 2011 against Weatherspoon and his company, 3535 Entertainment LLC, claiming Weatherspoon owed the… Continue Reading

$4.5 Million Verdict in Hinds County Product Liability Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
A few weeks ago a Hinds County jury rendered a verdict of $4,568,116 in Walls v. Williams-Pyro, Inc. The trial involved a fire suppression device that attached underneath stove vent hoods. The device activates when flames from a stove top fire trigger a fuse on the device that causes a pyrotechnic explosion and fire suppressant… Continue Reading

$500,000 Verdict Against Target in Hinds County Slip-and-Fall Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last week a Hinds County jury rendered a $500,000 verdict in McFarland v. Target Corp. Here is the Verdict Form. Lesa McFarland alleged that she fell in Target on August 4, 2011 on the See Spot Save dollar aisle. This was a high traffic aisle that was often ransacked with items on the floor because….who doesn’t… Continue Reading

$52 Million Jury Verdict in Hinds County Products Liability Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday afternoon a Hinds County jury rendered a $52 million verdict in a case against Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc. and the driver of a vehicle. The trial started on September 3. The plaintiff was paralyzed at age 4 while riding in a belt positioning booster seat manufactured by Dorel. The jury apportioned 50% fault to… Continue Reading