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.

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State Has Close to 0% Chance of Getting Reversal of Judge Reeves’ HB 1523 Decision

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Over the weekend I read Judge Reeves’ entire opinion in which he issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the enactment or enforcement of HB 1523. It’s not a good look for Governor Phil Bryant and the state’s right-wing leadership. Here are some key and interesting points from Judge Reeves’ opinion: the State can’t promote one religious… Continue Reading

HB 1523 Update: Gov. Bryant Looking Forward to Losing Again

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
On Thursday U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves further gutted HB 1523 with this 60 page decision: Barber v. Bryant opinion. I will have more on Judge Reeves’ opinion next week. Meanwhile, according to this Jackson Free Press article Attorney General Jim Hood is not geeked up about losing the case again on appeal: “In consideration… Continue Reading

Federal Court Strikes HB 1523 – Mississippi Preserves its Reputation for Bigotry

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
On Monday U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck the central ‘feature’ of HB 1523, ruling that county clerks must issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Here is Larrison Campbell’s article on Mississippi Today. Here is Judge Reeves’ Order. The Order includes a lot of procedural noise. Here are key passages: In 2016, Mississippi… Continue Reading

Judge Carlton Reeves States Fact– Internet Blows Up

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
From ABC News, to an AP report on Yahoo, to our own Yall Politics, the internet is blowing up. Shockingly, Judge Carlton Reeves stated in Court that the Confederate Flag is anti-American because it represents those who fought to leave the United States.  Fact Check: The Confederate army fought for the eleven Confederate States of… Continue Reading

$3.1 Million Attorney’s Fees Award in Bruister’s Millions ERISA Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last month I wrote here about a $6.5 million federal court bench verdict in an ERISA breach of fiduciary duty case. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan entered this Order awarding the plaintiffs $2,700,459.25 in attorneys fees and $416,052 in expenses. That raises the plaintiffs’ total judgment in the case to almost $10 million.… Continue Reading

Former Jackson County Sheriff Loses $260,000 Verdict For Hitting on Deputy

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
A Gulfport federal court jury rendered a $260,000 verdict last week against former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd. Here is the Sun Herald’s article on the verdict. Here is the Complaint. The plaintiff also sued Jackson County, which prevailed in the lawsuit. As for Byrd’s conduct, the Sun Herald reports: Seibert said she had been… Continue Reading

$900,000 Punitive Damages Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Breach of Contract Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last Wednesday a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a punitive damages verdict of $900,000 in KLLM Transport Services, LLC v. JBS Carriers, Inc. Here is the punitive verdict. This was in addition to the compensatory verdict of $36,950. Here is the compensatory verdict. The jury determined that JBS breached the duty of good faith… Continue Reading

$2.7 Million Verdict in Helicopter Crash Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Tuesday a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a total verdict of $2.7 million against Robinson Helicopter to plaintiffs involved in a 2009 helicopter crash in Jackson. Here is the original Complaint.  According to the Complaint, the cause of the crash was severe vibration or “chugging.” Charles Farmer died in the crash and Larry… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Federal Court Brew-haha

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On May 21, 2015 a Jackson federal court jury rendered a defense verdict in Major Mart, Inc. v. Mitchell Beverage, LLC. Here is the Complaint, in which an operator of convenience stores alleged anti-trust violations against a Meridian Budweiser distributor. Essentially, Major Mart alleged that Mitchell Beverage jacked it around in stocking its stores’ Anheuser-Busch… Continue Reading

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

$107,100 Jury Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Retaliation Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a total verdict of $107,100 in Robinson v. JSU and Fuller.  The plaintiff Fredrick Robinson was the Director of Sports Medicine at Jackson State. He claimed that the Athletic Director (Dr. Vivian Fuller) fired him in retaliation for participating in an EEOC investigation against Fuller. That… Continue Reading

Federal Court Overturns $600,000 Verdict Against City of Jackson

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
As reported in the Clarion-Ledger, District Judge Louis Guirola granted the City of Jackson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict in a lawsuit that resulted in a $600,000 verdict against the City. Here is my original post on the verdict. From the Clarion-Ledger: Don Hewitt, owner of Advanced Technology Building Solutions who hoped to build… Continue Reading

$125,000 Jury Verdict in Oxford Federal Court Bad Faith Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On November 4, 2014 a federal court jury in Oxford rendered a plaintiff verdict of $125,000 in Pass v. GEICO. Here is the Judgment. Here is the Pre-Trial Order. The plaintiffs bought car insurance from GEICO over the telephone. GEICO sent plaintiffs an insurance card showing they were covered. Nine days later, plaintiffs were in a… 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 denying 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

$600,000 Verdict Against City of Jackson in Retaliation Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
A federal court jury in Jackson rendered a $600,000 verdict on October 2, 2014 in Hewitt v. City of Jackson. Here is the Clarion-Ledger article on the verdict. Here is the verdict form. From the Clarion-Ledger article: Don Hewitt, whose Advanced Technology Building Solutions group was looking to take on the two projects, this week was… Continue Reading

$65,000 Verdict in Aberdeen Federal Court Retaliation, A.D.A. Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On September 20, 2014 a federal court jury in Aberdeen rendered a $65,000 plaintiff’s verdict in Mitchell v. City of Tupelo. Here is the Verdict Form. Here is WTVA’s article on the verdict. From the article: A former bailiff [Latisha Mitchell] with the Tupelo Municipal Court has won a legal ruling against the city in U.… Continue Reading

Lawyers Shouldn’t File Stuff Like This

Posted in Mississippi Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger broke the story today about the ridiculous lawsuit that Jackson attorney Herbert Lee filed against Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill and selected justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Here is Lee’s Complaint, which he filed in federal court in Jackson. It’s an odd Complaint. In it, Lee feels compelled to point out that the… 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

Defense Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Slip-and-Fall Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On August 15, 2014 a Jackson federal court jury rendered a defense verdict in Chatham v. Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc. Here is the Complaint. The Complaint alleges that Ms. Chatham was a business invitee at the Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant located in Meridian, Mississippi. While in the restaurant, Ms. Chatham alleges that employees of the restaurant wiped food from… Continue Reading