November 17, 2014 Congratulations once again to Trey Smith, as he was recognized in Super Lawyers 2014.
October 20, 2014 Congratulations to Wright Hill, as he was recently selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2014. A distinction which is well deserved.
September 23, 2014 Congratulations to James Holland, as he has been selected by his peers to be included in the 21st Edition of "The Best Lawyers in America". This distinction comes from the recognition, after a rigorous peer-review, that Mr. Holland is a consistent and dedicated member of the law community, in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation.
September 12, 2014 Stephen Kruger and Johnny Chapman successfully represented the University of Mississippi Medical Center in a medical malpractice claim filed in the Hinds County Circuit Court, before the Honorable Judge Tommie Green. In this bench trial, captioned Estate of Pace v. UMMC, the court found that the plaintiffs failed to prove that UMMC doctors were negligent in the treatment of a elderly patient. PK&H provided a strong fact based defense, to demonstrate the UMMC used the appropriate standard of care.
September 11, 2014 In the County Court of Harrison County, PK&H shareholder Michael J. Wolf, successfully enforced a "covenant not to compete" on behalf of client Grace Healthcare. A Harrison County jury returned a verdict in the amount of $68,000.00 against ACME Medical Supply and a former employee of Grace Healthcare, for losses suffered from the sale of back braces in violation of a one year regional non-compete agreement.
July 22, 2014 Attorney Trey Smith just completed his term as the Chairman of the Mississippi Bar Section Chairman, for the Section on Natural Resources Energy Environmental Law("SONREEL"). We are very proud of Trey's commitment to the continued improvement of the profession.
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
April 1, 2014 Wright Hill obtained another favorable defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Adams County in the case of Billie Frazier vs. Warren Lambuth; In the Circuit Court of Adams County, Mississippi; Cause No: 12-KV-0075-J, another automobile accident claim. While admitting partial liability on the part of the Defendant, Wright and his client also disputed liability and argued that Plaintiff bore some contributory negligence for the accident as well. Wright and his client also disputed the extent of the Plaintiff’s alleged injuries and the value of his claim. After a two day trial, the jury returned a verdict assessing Plaintiff’s damages at $20,000, but also apportioning fault – 53½% to the Defendant and 46½% to the Plaintiff, resulting in a jury verdict of only $11,235.00, which was significantly less than the Defendant’s pretrial offer of settlement Billie Frazier vs. Warren Lambuth
March 25, 2014 Wright Hill recently obtained a successful jury verdict in the Circuit Court of Adams County in the case of Susan Davis vs. Kirby Watts; In the Circuit Court of Adams County, Mississippi; Civil Action No: 11-KV0089-J. This lawsuit stemmed from an automobile accident involving the Plaintiff and Defendant down in Natchez, Mississippi, in which Wright and his client admitted liability but disputed Plaintiff’s damages and the value of her claim. After a two day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff but only awarded her medical expenses and a very minute amount of general damages on top of that, resulting in a verdict less than the Defendant’s pretrial offer of settlement. Susan Davis vs. Kirby Watts