Justice James Kitchens


Get it? It’s a goose case.

The opening line from Miss. Supreme Court Justice Kitchens’ majority opinion says it all:

Janet Olier was attacked and chased by a domestic goose in Donna Bailey’s yard. As she attempted to flee, she fell and broke her arm. Olier sued Bailey in the County Courty of Jackson

On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and ruled that an airport authority’s negligence in placing stairs at the terminal is a discretionary policy decision. Here is the Court’s opinion in Pratt v. Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority.

The plaintiff in the case was attempting to board a plane when he slipped

On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed and remanded a $1.07 million judgment in a 2010 Hinds County trip-and-fall trial. This was a verdict obtained by Jackson attorney Ashley Ogden on behalf of a man who fell and injured his hip in Bailey Lumber & Supply in Jackson. 

Here is the Court’s opinion.

The verdict was

On Thursday a unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court reversed and remanded a 2010 Jones County jury verdict of $15.2 million in an asbestos drilling mud case. Here is the Court’s opinion in Phillips 66 Co. v. Lofton. I previously wrote about the verdict here and here.

The big appeal issue was statute of limitations.

The 2007 Supreme Court Decision:

In June 2003, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Lamar Pickard granted Sherwin-Williams summary judgment in a lead paint case (Pollard v. Sherwin-Williams). The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed. But on February 15, 2007, the Miss. Supreme Court reversed and remanded the case for trial in a 5–4 decision.

Here is

Last year I discussed the Court of Appeals decision in Denham v. Holmes in this post. The Court of appeals reversed a Lafayette County defense verdict due to issues related to Daubert, defense counsel’s closing arguments and jury instructions. On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals in this opinion

On Thursday a unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court reversed a $4.5 million jury verdict and ordered a new trial in Hyundai Motor America v. Applewhite

The decision involved a products liability case tried in the Circuit Court of Coahoma County. The plaintiffs were the beneficiaries of three persons killed in a car crash involving a 1993 Hyundai Excel. Plaintiffs alleged

On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed a $1,855,000 Copiah County jury verdict in a 7–2 decision in Lincoln Electric v. McLemore. Here is the Court’s opinion.


This was a product liability failure to warn case involving a welder’s claim that exposure to welding fumes resulted in a neurological disease called manganism.

The Clarion-Ledger reported Saturday on Thursday’s Mississippi Supreme Court opinion that fined Hinds County Circuit Court Clerk Barbara Dunn $5,000 for problems with her office not mailing Orders to the parties’ lawyers. Here is the opinion.

The case dealt with the clerk’s failure to comply with Miss. R. Civ. P. 77, which requires clerks to serve all