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.

Tag Archives: Whit Johnson

The Tenth Trial

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday a Lowndes County jury in Columbus awarded $2.4 million to the plaintiff in Blevins v. Holzhauer. Here is the Columbus Dispatch article on the verdict. From the article: According to circuit court records, Hamilton resident Talanda Blevins sued Dr. James Holzhauer for negligence in 2016, two years after her uterus ruptured while she… Continue Reading

Hinds County Medical Malpractice Trial Ends With Jury Instruction Screw Up for the Ages

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
On Friday afternoon a Hinds County medical malpractice trial took one of the weirdest turns imaginable. First, the the non-weird part. Dr. Paul Bracey treated Patrina Reynolds at the St. D emergency room in 2007.   Dr. Bracey ordered an antibiotic and sent Ms. Reynolds home. Ms. Reynolds ended up getting very sick and going… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Medical Malpractice Trial

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
Last week a Hinds County jury returned a defense verdict in Malouf v. Fredericks. The case involved medical malpractice allegations against two Jackson physicians. Mike Malouf, Sr. of Jackson represented the plaintiff. Carl Hagwood and Diane Pradat Pumphrey of Wilkins Tipton in Jackson represented one of the physician doctors and Whit Johnson of Currie Johnson in Jackson… Continue Reading

Lloyd’s of London Gets a Dose of Loser Pays in Katrina Insurance Coverage Case

Posted in U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Earlier this year I wrote about a Plaintiff verdict in a Hurricane Katrina wind vs. water trial against Lloyd’s of London here, here and here. The plaintiff was allowed to recover attorney’s fees in the case because the Court found that Lloyd’s had no arguable basis to deny the claim. On December 21 Judge Sul Ozerden awarded the… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Med-Mal Trial and Other News from the Weekend

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
Hinds County Defense Verdict There was a defense verdict returned on Friday in a Hinds County medical malpractice trial. I do not know the names of the parties or the facts of the case. The vote was 11-1. Heber Simmons of Ridgeland represented the plaintiff. Mildred Morris of Watkins Eager in Jackson represented the defendant.… Continue Reading

$553,000 Jury Verdict in Hinds County Medical Malpractice Trial

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger reported last week on a $553,000 jury verdict in a Hinds County medical malpractice trial against Jackson neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Lewis. The article provided a good description of the plaintiff’s allegations: Joanne Hartwig’s negligence lawsuit in Hinds County Circuit Court said Dr. Adam Lewis’ surgery on Aug. 1, 2005, left a plate in… Continue Reading

$1.17 Million Verdict in Hancock County Katrina Bad-Faith Trial

Posted in Verdicts in Mississippi
On October 26, 2010 a Hancock County jury awarded $1,170,000 to Coastal Hardware Store in a bad faith case against Lloyds of London. Coastal Hardware was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Lloyds refused to pay the claim despite accepting premiums for the insurance. The verdict is one of the largest—if not the largest—in the history of Hancock County. Coastal Hardware… Continue Reading

Mistrial in Hancock County Wind vs. Water Trial Raises Serious Due Process Questions For Criminal Convictions in Hancock County Courthouse

Posted in General
On Thursday Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson declared a mistrial in a Hurricane Katrina wind vs. water trial between Coastal Hardware and Lloyd’s of London. The reason for the mistrial was that the jury could not hear the witnesses due to acoustic problems in the courtroom in the recently renovated Hancock County courthouse.… Continue Reading

Report: $1.1 Million Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict in Hinds County

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Verdicts in Mississippi
I have a report of a $1.1 million jury verdict returned Wednesday in Hinds County Circuit Court in a case tried before Judge Winston Kidd. The reported facts are that it was a wrongful death case. The decedent had stomach ulcer surgery and was released from the hospital. After discharge the ulcer hemorrhaged, causing the death. I assume that… Continue Reading