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On Thursday a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a mixed verdict in Bingham v. Asemotas Real Estate, LLC. Here is the Complaint. Plaintiff alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and beach of contract. Here is the jury’s Verdict. The jury found for the Defendant on the breach of contract claim and hung on the FLSA claim. The trial lasted 3 days. Nick Norris with Watson & Norris in Jackson represented the Plaintiff.…
On February 15, 2019, a Pike County jury returned a plaintiff verdict of $131,789 in I-55 Development, LLC v. Nationwide Ins. Co. Here is the I-55 Complaint w. Exs. The case involved the theft of inventory at I-55’s convenience stores. The thief was I-55’s tenant, who leased the store and sold inventory on consignment. Nationwide denied coverage under a fraud exclusion. Here is  I-55’s Response to SJ Motion w. Exs. The jury found for the…
Last week a Bolivar County jury returned a $495,000 plaintiff verdict in a car wreck case. The wreck involved a plaintiff who was speeding colliding with defendant’s lowboy trailer. The defendant contested liability, causation and damages. The jury found damages of $495,000 and assessed 30% fault to the plaintiff. The judgment was $346,500. Baskin Jones of Jackson and John Daniels represented the plaintiff. Mike Baxter and Robert Gibbs represented the defendant.…
On March 12, 2019 the Pearl River County Court entered a bench verdict and judgement of $121,686 in BRJ, Inc. v. X-Stream Clean Pressure Washing, LLC. Here is BRJ’s Amended Complaint. BRJ alleged X-Stream damaged the engine of BRJ’s truck while pressure washing it. The Court found X-Stream was negligent and breached its contract with BRJ. Here is the Final Judgment. The damages components were: $38,990- loss of use of truck; $13,324- attempted repair…
Here is the brochure for the upcoming legal tech CLE scheduled for April 16 in Jackson: Tech CLE Brochure. The seminar will more than pay for itself in savings on overhead and time from implementing some or all of the suggestions for utilizing tech to make practicing easier. Attorneys should also consider sending their legal assistants to the seminar. I attended the last version two years ago and learned a lot.…
Here is a preview of the March 2019 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $4,170,172- Gulfport federal court truck negligence case covered here (2/15/19); defense verdict- Gulfport federal court age discrimination case (2/22/19); defense verdict- Jackson federal court car wreck case (2/12/19); defense verdict- Scott County negligent police pursuit case (2/11/19); and settled at trial- Natchez federal court race discrimination case (3/8/19).…
Last week an Aberdeen federal court jury rendered a $250,000 verdict in Jauch v. Choctaw County. Plaintiff alleged the county and Sheriff Cloyd Halford deprived her of her civil rights by jailing her for 96 days before seeing a judge. Here is the Complaint. The AP wrote about the case here. From the AP: A Mississippi jury awarded $250,000 in damages Tuesday to a woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge, a case…
On March 18, 2019 a Panola County jury rendered a $40,000 verdict in Griffin v. Hartman. The rear bumper of Plaintiff’s vehicle was “bumped” by the front bumper of Defendant’s vehicle, resulting in dislocation or loosening of the rear bumper.  The low impact collision was in a parking lot in Batesville in March 2017. Plaintiff sustained permanent chronic lumbar sprain strain according to her family physician, Dr. Johnny Cummings. Dr. Cummings opined that she would…
This post looks at PERS’ investment allocation. The chart below lists PERS’ target allocation for each asset class, return, and the allocations four years ago and today. Asset class Target allocation 1 year return 10 year return 12/31/14 allocation 12/31/18 allocation U.S. equities 27% -5.68% 13.2% 35.80% 25.51% Foreign equities 22% -7.38% 7.25% 21.51% 20.67% Global equities 12% -7.38% 9.83% 6.03% 11.58% Fixed income 20% -.05% 5.1% 20.63% 20.85% Real estate 10% 7.25% 8.12% 10.22%…
This recent news about the comptroller of a New Orleans law firm stealing $2 million from the firm reminded me how common employee embezzlement is in the legal industry. I have several friends over the years who were victims of employee embezzlement. Invariably, it was the last employee they would have suspected who was doing the stealing. I mean that literally. The embezzling employees seemed exceptionally trustworthy. Maybe that’s what gave them the confidence to…