Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

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

Tag Archives: Judge Louis Guirola Jr.

$70,000 Verdict in Gulfport Federal Court Sexual Harassment Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On May 1, 2019 a federal court jury in Gulfport rendered a $70,000 plaintiff verdict in Gardner v. CLC of Pascagoula, LLC. This was a sexual harassment case with a twist. The plaintiff was a certified nurse assistant at CLC’s assisted living facility. She was harassed by a resident of the facility–not the employer. The… Continue Reading

$110,000 Verdict in Gulfport Federal Court Slip-and-Fall Trial

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On January 11, 2017 a federal court jury in Gulfport rendered a verdict for the plaintiff in Garcia v. Fickling Management Services, Inc. Here is the Complaint. Plaintiff, Linda Garcia, a 65-year-old woman, slipped and fell down concrete steps covered in ice while exiting her apartment at the Palm Isle apartment complex in Biloxi, MS… 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

Thoughts on Public Reprimand for Judge Littlejohn in Pledge of Allegiance Fiasco

Posted in General
On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered that Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn of New Albany be publicly reprimanded and fined $100 for jailing Oxford lawyer Danny Lampley for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance in his courtroom. Here is the Clarion-Ledger article on the case. Here is the Supreme Court’s opinion. Chief Justice Waller wrote… Continue Reading

Celebration Followed by Sadness for Mississippi’s Federal Judiciary

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Friday Mississippi’s federal judiciary celebrated the appointment of District Judge Carlton Reeves with his investiture at Jackson State University. The vast majority of the Mississippi federal judiciary attended the event, which was marked by several moving speeches about the Yazoo City native’s accomplishment of becoming a federal judge. Judge Reeves’ former law partner Cliff Johnson served as the Master of… Continue Reading

$1,132,491 Federal Court Jury Verdict in Gulfport 18-Wheeler Accident Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Tuesday a federal court jury in Gulfport returned a verdict of $1,132,491 in a case involving an 18–wheeler rear-end collision on I-10 in Harrison County. Here is the verdict form, which awarded the following damages:  medical expenses: $132,491.50 lost earnings: $850,000 non-economic damages: $150,000. The jury assigned 1% fault to an unknown driver. As a result,… Continue Reading

After Round of Hot Potato, Moore v. Allen Cobb Law Firm Ends Up with Northern District Judges

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
In this post in January I wrote about a discrimination lawsuit by Sherrie Moore against the Allen, Cobb, Hood and Atkinson law firm based in Gulfport. Since the initial filing, there have been a round of recusals by the Coast-based federal court judges: Judge Ozerden recusal Order; Magistrate Judge Walker recusal Order; Order Re-assigning Case;… Continue Reading

Judge Guirola Appoints John Dowdy Interim U.S. Attorney for Southern District

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy has been appointed interim U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. Dowdy replace Don Burkhalter, who retired this month and was also serving on an interim basis. Seeing as how the Obama administration has forgotten about U.S. Attorneys in Mississippi, the appointment was made… Continue Reading

Carlton Reeves Now Judge Reeves

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Southern District Chief Judge Louis Guirola swore in Carlton Reeves as a United States District Judge this morning in Judge Wingate’s courtroom at the federal courthouse in Jackson. Congressman Bennie Thompson attended the ceremony, as did most of the federal court  judges based in Jackson and several Mississippi Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals Judges.… Continue Reading