Author Archives: Philip Thomas

Mississippi Legal Icons Pass

Two icons in the Mississippi legal community are no longer with us with the passing this week of Judge Marcus Gordon and famed attorney Gene Tullos of Smith County. Here is a Jerry Mitchell Clarion-Ledger article on the passing of Judge Gordon. He served as a Circuit Judge for over 36 years. He is best […]

May Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Here is a preview of the May 2016 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $59,000 verdict- Harrison County breach of contract case (2/19/16); $600 verdict- DeSoto County car wreck case (3/17/16); defense verdict- DeSoto County medical malpractice case (7/16/15); defense verdict- Harrison County case where kid alleged he was roughed up at Chuck E. […]

Report: Most Lawyers Are Not Busy Enough

You are not alone if you are a partner at a law firm and aren’t busy enough. According to this ABA article an Altman Weil report reveals that most partners aren’t busy enough. The figure is 80% for non-equity partners at big firms. Here is a summary of the report. Stats from the article: Fifty-two […]

March Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Here is a (late) preview of the March 2016 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $43,500 verdict- Warren County trip and fall case (2/1/16); $26,567 verdict- Madison County breach of contract case (1/12/16); $5,000 verdict and 50% plaintiff fault- Jones County parking lot injury case (12/18/15); verdict for insurance co. in dec. action- insurance […]

HB 1523 DOA?

The ACLU filed suit on Monday in federal court in Jackson seeking to block enforcement of HB 1523. Here is the Complaint.  The Complaint alleges that the bill violates the 14th Amendment because it applies separate but unequal treatment to same sex couples. They also filed a motion for preliminary injuction. The motion seeks to […]

Ear to the Ground on HB 1523

It’s been over a month since the Mississippi Legislature and Governor gut-shot the state by enacting HB 1523, which attempts to legalize discrimination against non-heterosexuals. So what’s the reaction been? Terrible. Here is a summary of the reaction to the bill that I have heard and read about so far: Sadness– This is the reaction […]

Court of Appeals Doesn’t Decide Caps

The Mississippi Court of Appeals decided the much ballyhooed caps case on Tuesday. Here is the Court’s decision in Emergency Medicine Associates of Jackson v. Glover. As predicted, the Court never got to the issue of whether Mississippi’s caps on non-economic damages are constitutional. This was a Hinds County medical malpractice case where the jury […]

April Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Here is a preview of the April 2016 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $50,000 verdict- Rankin County car wreck case (3/9/16); $16,573 verdict- Harrison County underinsured motorist car wreck case (3/2/16); defense verdict- Greenville federal court racial discrimination case (3/1/16); defense verdict- Hinds County trip and fall case (3/10/16); defense verdict- Greenville federal […]