June 26, 2015 PKH attorney Ken Walley recently obtained a unanimous decision from the Columbus, Mississippi Civil Service Commission in favor of promoting a police officer to the rank of Lieutenant. The officer in question passed the promotional exam, and was the only eligible officer for an open Lieutenant?s position. The Commission determined that the Chief of Police did not have the discretion to decline a recommendation for promotion in that situation.
April 21, 2015 Shareholder Smith Boykin was recently certified as an "AV" Rated Attorney, through Martindale-Hubbell's nationally recognized rating system. AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
February 17, 2015 Congratulations to Latoya Jeter on her acceptance into the Mississippi Bar's Leadership Forum.
February 6, 2015 PKH attorney James Hall obtained a dismissal of his client in a large trucking case. The dismissal was granted because Mr. Hall was able to demonstrate to the Court that discovery violations and false testimony required the dismissal of all claims.
January 1, 2015 Welcome 2015! Looking forward to another Great Year.
November 17, 2014 Congratulations once again to Trey Smith, as he was recognized in Super Lawyers 2014.
February 17, 2015 On February 5, 2015 Johnny Chapman obtained a Summary Judgment on behalf of Central Mississippi Medical Center in a workforce sexual harassment suit. The plaintiff, a nurse, claimed she had been coerced into a sexual relationship with a doctor at a CMMC affiliated clinic while both were employed at the clinic.
February 17, 2015 On January 8, 2014, Stephen Kruger and Louis Baine, III obtained a summary judgment in a medical malpractice case pending in Monroe County, Mississippi. The Plaintiffs, one of whom underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a full thickness rotator cuff tear, claimed the anesthesiologist failed to obtain adequate informed consent and negligently performed an interscalene block. The summary judgment, filed on behalf of the hospital, argued that the Plaintiffs did not have admissible expert testimony to support either the informed consent claim or the medical negligence claim. A few days before the scheduled trial, the Court granted the summary judgment and dismissed the Plaintiffs' claims against both the hospital and the anesthesiologist, with prejudice. Bowen v. Amory HMA, LLC et al [(Monroe County Cause No. CV2010-252-PM)]
September 12, 2014 Stephen Kruger provides another defense win in a Medical Malpractice case. The Estate of Mary Pace v. University of Mississippi Medical Center [Hinds County Civil Action 251-09-559]
August 25, 2014 In the case of Strait v. McPail, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and affirmed the Hinds County Trial Court, in this case stemming from the claim that a cancer and dread-disease policy was not changed just prior to the death of the holder, to include the plaintiffs as beneficiaries. After the holders's death, the estate was probated and the plaintiffs who were named beneficiaries in the will, did not contest the policy benefits. Later that year, the plaintiffs brought a claim for the policy benefits. Michael Wolf of Page Kruger and Holland, represented the broker/agent. Strait v. McPhail [2012-CT-00075-SCT (Aug. 21, 2014)]
July 22, 2014 Attorney Trey Smith, has recently and successfully argued the transfer of venue in a medical case, moving the matter from Hinds to Lincoln County. While this is just one part of the larger case, it was an important decision for our client. The zealous advocacy of client interests directs our efforts.
June 17, 2014 In June 2014, Wright Hill tried another automobile accident case in the Circuit Court of Scott County in the case styled James Terry Campbell and Antonio Marquiz Thomas vs. James Jones; In the Circuit Court of Scott County, Mississippi; Cause No:11-CV-046-SC-C, a disputed liability and disputed damage case. In that case, the Defendant rearended a trailer being towed by the Plaintiffs' vehicle, and one of the Plaintiffs alleged significant injuries to his low back as a result of that accident. Wright and his client defended the case and disputed both liability and/or fault for the accident and the extent of the Plaintiffs' alleged injuries. In that case, Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant was negligent for colliding with the rear of his trailer; however, Wright and his client disputed liability and placed fault, or at least contributory fault, on the Plaintiff for failing to have operational and functioning taillights on his trailer at the time of the accident. Plaintiff also had a significant history of preexisting low back problems, with two prior low back fusion and discectomy surgeries. After a two day trial, the jury rendered a verdict assessing the Plaintiffs' damages from the accident at $200,000, but further assessing 80% liability to the Plaintiff and only 20% liability to the Defendant. The actual verdict rendered against Wright's client was only $40,000, which was significantly less than the pretrial settlement offer made to the Plaintiff, another successful result for the defense and our client. James Terry Campbell and Antonio Marquiz Thomas vs. James Jones