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Here is a preview of the September 2018 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $2,208,311 verdict- Lowndes County medical malpractice trial covered here (8/31/18); $235,000 verdict- Madison County negligent misrepresentation case (8/31/18); $175,453 verdict- Jackson County breach of contract case (8/1/18); $32,500 verdict- Marion County car wreck case (8/16/18); $26,400 verdict- Hinds County County Court assault case (6/21/18); and defense verdict- Madison County malicious prosecution case (8/28/18). My Take: Big month for the plaintiffs.…
The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here! Maybe not. But that’s still one of my favorite movie scene 40 years later. But the passage rates from the July 2018 Mississippi Bar exam are in: 58.8% passed. A bit over 4 out of every 10 failed. Some would call them the lucky ones. 175 people took the exam. The passage rate for Ole Miss’ first time takers was 73.7%. Here is…
Bad news for lawyers who still have a fax machine. It’s a security risk that hackers can use to access your whole computer system. This includes all-in-one printer/copier/fax machines. Here is a recent Washington Post article discussing the problem. It says the legal industry still relies on fax machines: The re­port es­ti­mates that there are more that 17 million fax ma­chines in use in the United States alone. The legal and med­i­cal fields both con­tin­ue…
Altman Weil recently released: 2018 Law Firms in Transition, an Altman Weil Flash Survey. From the introduction, comparing today to 2009 during the Great Recession: The threat in 2018 is broader and more nuanced, arising primarily from the sweeping force of technology evolution over the last two decades that has resulted in the commoditization and commercialization of more and more legal services…. Most law firms continue to plan for short-term incremental improvements in performance, while…
The ABA reports that the legal industry lost jobs for two months in a row. The combined jobs lost for July and August was 4,200 jobs. 200 fewer people work in the industry than this time last year. Among the fields categorized as ‘professional and business services’, the legal industry is the only one losing jobs. For instance, accounting/ bookkeeping and architectural/ engineering are both up. My Take: Stats like these are a big deal.…
I am uncomfortable writing about technology proficiency because many people who read this blog are more proficient than me. So there is a danger of sounding stupid to some readers. But, I am often amazed at the lack of tech. proficiency many great attorneys have. Two examples: Two years ago an attorney copied me on an email to his legal assistant asking how to save a spreadsheet he changed [if this is you, a button…
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 was at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle giving birth. After Blevins delivered the baby, Holzhauer performed four surgeries within a few…
It’s been known for a while that Mississippi’s Senate delegation submitted U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden’s name to the White House to fill the seat on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated by Judge Grady Jolly.  But the pick has run into trouble from an unlikely source: the right. Specifically, the alt-right. Over the summer, the white nationalist cite Breitbart ran hit pieces on Judge Ozerden. Here is the latest. If you want…
On July 20, 2018 a federal court jury in Aberdeen rendered a $20,000 plaintiff verdict in Garrett v. City of Tupelo. Brandon Garrett was a detective with the Tupelo Police Department. The department wrote him up for mishandling evidence 7 days after his attorney (Jim Waide) wrote a letter requesting that the department relocate the detective division from a mold contaminated building. The Department then demoted Garrett to patrol officer. Garrett quit and sued for…
I’ve been working out in the afternoon at a gym with a wall of TVs in the cardio room. A TV is tuned into each of the local channels and the popular cable channels. I find myself mystified by the number of lawyer commercials. Both the number of commercials and the number of different law firms doing the advertising is amazing. It’s a free-for-all. Local lawyers competing with national firms that must spend millions on…