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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Defense Verdict in Greenville Federal Court Nursing Home Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On June 29, 2018, a jury returned a defense verdict in federal court in Dykes v. Cleveland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC.  The verdict concluded a 5 day trial. Plaintiff alleged the nursing home negligently failed to adequately prevent and treat a sacral wound, dehydration and infection. Plaintiff argued the staff’s negligent care caused the… 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

$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

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

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

All Law Firm Partners are Not Compensated Equally

Posted in General
One of the most misunderstood concepts by non-lawyers is what it means to make partner in a law firm. Even some lawyers don’t get this. A lot of people assume (incorrectly) that all partners are paid the same. Not even close. This is shown in an ABA Journal News article from yesterday about “spreads” in… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Jackson Federal Court Ford Roll Over Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
A federal court jury in Jackson returned a defense verdict Friday afternoon in a products liability trial against Ford Motor Co. The case involved the 2005 roll-over accident of a Ford Expedition SUV in which the teenage driver (Marion Hankins of Yazoo City) was ejected through the sun roof. It was a one vehicle accident and… Continue Reading

It’s a Good Day to Spectate Mississippi Litigation

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Lots of interesting court proceedings in Jackson today. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today at 9:00 a.m. in the Barbour Pardon-gate case. As always, you can watch the video of the arguments live here at the Supreme Court’s website. It’s an en banc hearing, so you can bet that there will be some… Continue Reading

Nationwide Ins. Co. Wins Federal Court Dec. Action-Bad Faith Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Thursday a Jackson Division federal court jury returned a verdict for Nationwide Insurance Co. in a dispute with an insured. Here is the verdict in Nationwide v. Doolittle. Here is Nationwide’s Dec. Action Complaint. Nationwide alleged that the Doolittles made material misrepresentations in their fire-loss claim regarding the contents of their home.  Here is… Continue Reading

No More Watkins Ludlam?

Posted in General
There have been rumors swirling for months that Jackson based Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis will merge with the New Orleans based Jones Walker firm. This would add to Jones Walker’s presence as a regional firm.  Virtually every Mississippi lawyer who I have talked to this week wants to talk about this rumor. Word is that the… Continue Reading

Info. on the $750,000 Verdict in Hinds County Nursing Home Case

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Saturday a Hinds County jury returned a $750,000 verdict in a nursing home case involving Manhattan Nursing and Rehab. Center in Jackson. All the damages were non-economic damages. The case was a wrongful death case involving Mannie Williams, aged 87. Ms. Williams fell and suffered a fractured pelvis at home. She went to Manhattan for… 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

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Nursing Home Trial

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
A Hinds County jury returned a defense verdict on Friday in a nursing home case. The case involved the alleged wrongful death of a 92–year old resident of Manhattan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. The woman suffered from pressure sores with infection and sepsis, dehydration and malnutrition. The jury returned a 10–2 defense verdict after… Continue Reading

Final Count in Brian Cole Verdict: $131 million for Cole, $1.5 million for Survivor Passenger

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
The Brian Cole verdict against Ford Motor Co. is on the front page of today’s Clarion-Ledger. Here is the article. A Ford spokesperson is quoted in the article as saying that the trial was unfair. Judge Billy Joe Landrum was the trial judge and he conducted the trial in Laurel with a Paulding jury. The article identifies… Continue Reading