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  • Two Tips and an Announcement

    I’ve got two tips and an announcement in this post. First, the announcement. After eleven years, I’ve decided to stop blogging. In retrospect, it’s past time. I’ll explain why in my last post. The last post could be my longest ever. I plan to discuss the evolution of my views of Mississippi litigation. I view...

  • What About Web Based Advertising?

    Last week I talked about television advertising for attorneys. But what about internet marketing? Most attorneys aren’t fans. Here is a portion of an email from a marketing list serve: I too found [specific company’s] marketing worthless. I suspect the same is true of virtually all the pitches we receive from marketing companies. I tried...

  • Multi-millions Spent on Attorney Advertising in Mississippi

    Jimmie Gates with the Clarion Ledger penned an excellent article on attorney advertising over the holidays. The article prominently features Richard Schwartz, the godfather of lawyer advertising in Mississippi. Besides the article, I recommend watching the accompanying video interview of Schwartz on the digital version linked above. Schwartz spends “well over $1 million a year...

  • Why Don’t All State Courts Have Electronic Filing?

    It’s a rhetorical question. I know the answer. The reason all state courts in Mississippi don’t use electronic filing is, in a word, politics. Some clerks don’t want to adopt electronic filing even though it would make their lives easier. Forcing them to is not worth it politically to the Supreme Court or the Bar....

  • December 2019 Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

    Here is a preview of the December 2019 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $1,007,700 verdict- Chickasaw County truck negligence case (8/30/19); $100,000 verdict- Lee County employment retaliation case covered here (11/21/19); $3,500 verdict- Forrest County car wreck case (8/7/19); directed verdict- Lamar County employment retaliation case; (11/14/19); defense verdict- Harrison County...

  • Want to Go Paperless? Here’s How

    Thinking about going paperless but don’t know how? Sam Glover’s post on the Lawyerist blog explains how. Glover opens with a salient point: if you haven’t already gone paperless, you will. If you aren’t paperless already, you need to catch up. When you are ready to leave paper (mostly) behind, use [Sam’s] guide to get...

  • The Problem is the System – Not the Cost of Lawyers

    Zero Hedge ran this post last week about most Americans not being able to afford lawyers. It’s not an unusual take. Stories like these suggest the problem is attorneys have priced themselves out of the market. I disagree. The problem is the civil justice system is not equipped to solve most people’s legal problems. Consider...

  • $100,000 Jury Verdict in Lee County Retaliation Case

    On November 21, 2019, a Lee County jury returned a $100,000 verdict in Walters v. Brandi’s Hope  Community Services, LLC. The jury found BHCS fired Plaintiff Heather Walters for reporting abuse of a patient. As an aside, state law requires health care workers to report suspected patient abuse. The jury also found Defendant Danny Cowart...

  • The Rule of Thumb is You Can’t Recover From the Thief

    As widely reported on Jackson Jambalaya and elsewhere, multiple metro area homeowners associations are accusing Ridgway Lane of embezzlement. Most of these homeowners associations have filed suit against Ridgway Lane. I wish them luck. There is a good rule of thumb when it comes to lawsuits involving embezzlement. The rule is: you can’t recover from...

  • November Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

    Here is a preview of the November 2019 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $4 million verdict- Jones County medical malpractice case (10/18/19); $1.5 million verdict- Jackson County truck negligence case covered here (10/30/19); $226,000 verdict- Hinds County car wreck case covered here (10/9/19); $50,000 verdict- Marion County assault case (10/10/19); $40,000 verdict- Jones...

  • Big Day for Legal Tech Nerds as Legal Keyboard Goes Wireless

    Only legal tech nerds like me know there is actually a legal industry specific keyboard. But for many, the fact it wasn’t wireless was a deal-breaker. No more. Bob Ambrogi reports that the LegalBoard now has a wireless model. So if you go out tonight and see a bunch of lawyers celebrating, don’t assume they...

  • 37 States Now Require Attorneys to Have Technology Competence

    The Legal Skills Prof blog reports on Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites blog report that Georgia may join 37 states in addressing technology competence in its Rules of Professional Conduct. The new proposed Rule 1.1 (Competence) would read in part: Maintaining competence [6] To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes...

  • $1.5 Million Verdict in Jackson County Trucking Accident Case

    On Wednesday a Jackson County jury rendered a $1.5 million verdict in Warren v. Hernandez. This was a car/tractor trailer case. Ms. Warren alleged she was making a right turn off Highway 63 south of the intersection with I-10 to go to the Exxon station. She was stopped in the turn lane waiting for the...

  • Plaintiff Loses on Standing in Jackson Federal Court ADA Trial

    In Crawford v. Hinds County the plaintiff sued the county over the Hinds County Courthouse not being accessible to the disabled. Plaintiff sought damages and injunctive relief requiring the county to make all seven courtrooms and all bathrooms accessible. Before trial, plaintiff rejected the county’s offer to renovate two courtrooms, one bathroom per floor and...

  • October 2019 Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

    Here is a preview of the October 2019 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $2,107,351 verdict- Harrison County medical malpractice case covered here (9/6/19); $300,000 verdict- Harrison County underinsured motorist case (8/26/19); $30,000 verdict- DeSoto County real estate agent negligence case (9/6/19); directed verdict- Hinds County premises liability case (9/4/19); defense verdict- Jones...

  • $226,000 Verdict in Hinds County Car Wreck Case

    On October 9, 2019 a Hinds County jury in Jackson rendered a $226,000 verdict in Lewis v. Blakeney. The case involved a 2016 car wreck in Clinton. Here is the Complaint. The two day trial before Circuit Judge Tomie Green began on October 8. The jury awarded $26,000 for past and future medical expenses and...

  • Botched: IHL and the Ole Miss Chancellor Hire

    Adam Ganucheau’s article on Mississippi Today is the best I’ve read on the IHL board’s hiring of Glenn Boyce to be the next chancellor of Ole Miss. It captures a lot of my thoughts on the process. I have no opposition to Dr. Boyce, in theory. I like his story. He seems qualified on paper....

  • Book Review: The Nonsense Factory, by Bruce Cannon Gibney

    The Nonsense Factory by Bruce Cannon Gibney is a scathing critique of the American Legal System. A venture capitalist and former big firm litigator, Gibney knows his subject. There is a lot to criticize in the legal system starting with law school, and Gibney touches on most of it. His criticism of law schools is...

  • I Just Assumed PERS Was Overpaying Management Fees

    Courtesy of Bigger Pie Forum via Jackson Jambalaya, it seems Mississippi’s PERS system is getting reamed in management and investment fees. Here’s a list of how much area states paid in 2018 in PERS management fees: $103 million- Mississippi $5 million- Alabama $27 million- Arkansas My Take: Sounds about right. Read a book or two...

  • $2,107,351 Verdict in Harrison County Medical Malpractice Trial

    On September 6, 2019, a Harrison County jury in Gulfport returned a plaintiff verdict totaling $2,107,351 in Foote v. Burwell. Dr. Dudley Burwell replaced plaintiff’s hip at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Plaintiff suffered an injury to his left illiac vein during the operation. Plaintiff alleged Burwell used a screw that was too long. Burwell consulted...

  • New Greenville Federal Courthouse to Open in 2022

    The Mississippi Business Journal reports that a $28.7 million 55,000 square foot federal courthouse will open in Greenville in 2022. From the article: The $28.7 million, 55,000-square-foot project will be built on Washington Avenue in downtown, with construction to start in the spring and completion expected for the fall of 2022, said Jackson architect Roy...

  • September 2019 Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

    Here is a preview of the September 2019 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $3.5 million verdict- Harrison County truck negligence case covered here (8/20/19); $625,000 verdict- Yazoo County truck negligence case (7/16/19); $186,400 verdict- Neshoba County workplace negligence case (7/3/19); $2,500, $2,500 verdicts- Pike County car wreck case (7/24/19); defense verdict- Hattiesburg federal..

  • Tech Advances Cause Major Law Firm to Offer Buyout to All Legal Secretaries

    Above the Law is reporting that national firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is offering voluntary buyout packages to all legal secretaries. The reason: “technology innovation” and “the practice needs of our lawyers.” My Take: I know where they are coming from. Forcing attorneys to become tech proficient and slashing the ranks of support staff is...

  • More on How Clients Changed Law Firms: Fewer Clients Hiring Fewer Attorneys

    I recently wrote about the change in law firm structures here. Several readers emailed me and pointed out I did not discuss the effect of corporate mergers or the impact of companies adopting ‘the Dupont legal model’. Here is some background for current and future lawyers under age 40. When I graduated from law school...

  • $3.5 Million Verdict in Harrison County Car Wreck Case

    On August 16, 2019 a Harrison County jury in Gulfport rendered a $3.5 million verdict in Gonzales v. Coastal Industrial Contractors Inc. Here is a Sun Herald article on the verdict. It states: A Gulfport jury recently awarded $3.5 million to 41-year-old Leighann Gonzalez of Biloxi, who suffered life-altering injuries when a truck driver ran...

  • August 2019 Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

    Here is a preview of the August 2019 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $1,379,898 verdict- Madison County roofing negligence case (7/17/19); $450,899 verdict- Harrison County car wreck case (7/31/19); $100,000 bench verdict- Hinds County premises liability case (8/2/19); $2,652 and $2,020 verdicts- DeSoto County car wreck case (8/5/19); $5,000, $3,000 and $1,700 verdicts...

  • Judge Cory Wilson is Another Good Choice for Federal Bench

    For all Mississippi’s many problems, the state’s congressional leadership has a long record of getting presidents to make good choices for federal judge positions. Miss. Court of Appeals Judge Cory Wilson’s nomination for a Southern District U.S. District Court judgeship is the latest example. This one is unsurprising for a couple of reasons. First, it’s...

  • Why Law Firms Changed

    In my last post I discussed a Wall Street Journal article covering the difficulties of partnership at big law firms. Now I will discuss why making partner in a big firm does not mean what it did 40-50 years ago. This is a brief overview. A book could be written on this subject. The article...

  • PERS Crisis Update

    There has been some national news lately pertinent to the ongoing crisis with Mississippi’s public employees’ retirement system (PERS). This Tax Foundation article contains a map showing funding levels for all states. It lists Mississippi’s funding level as 62%, which ranks 40th nationally. Kentucky is last with a funding level of 34%. You can read...

  • MS Litigation Review Gets a Facelift

    Regular readers of this blog will notice that the layout has changed. The reason for the new layout is so the blog is mobile friendly and can be easily read on smart phones. Truthfully, updating to a mobile friendly blog layout was not a priority for me. Lexblog, which hosts my blog, updated the site...

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