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Areas of Practice

 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

 

Insurance Coverage Disputes

 
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Eighteen-Wheeler/Commercial Vehicle Accidents

 

 

Medical Malpractice

 

Products Liability

 
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Premises Liability

 

Contested Estates

 

Criminal Defense

 
 

A small percentage of cases result in published opinions.  While publication does not constitute a determination by the court or publisher of the significance of a case, the following list of opinions provides an indication of the breadth of experience compiled by the firm since 1991.

 

 

Insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims

 

Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi Pipe Trades Ass'n of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Indus. of the United States & Canada v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., No. 3:10-cv-322-HTW-LRA, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192811, (S. D. Miss. 2014) (insurance coverage and bad faith).

 

Southern Surgery Center, LLC v. Fidelity & Guaranty Ins. Co., No. 2:07cv181KS-MTP, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80636 (S.D. Miss. 2008) (insurance coverage and bad faith, claim for business interruption and lost income).

 

Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Berry, 91-CA-00107-SCT, 1995 Miss. LEXIS 311 (Miss. 1995) (uninsured motorist coverage, bad faith)

 

Ales v. Ales, 650 So. 2d 482 (Miss. 1995) (abrogating parent-child immunity to allow mother’s claim against daughter for injuries sustained in single-car accident)

Medical malpractice

 

Nelson v. Baptist Memorial Hospital North Miss., Inc., 972 So. 2d 667 (Miss. App. 2007) (injury to newborn)

 

Allstadt v. Baptist Memorial Hospital North Miss., Inc., 893 So. 2d 1083 (Miss. App. 2005) (application of Mississippi Tort Claims Act to county-owned hospital)

Simpson v. Lovelace, 892 So. 2d 284, 285 (Miss. App. 2004) (defense of hospital in medical malpractice case)

 

Burnett v. Purdon, 1:01-cv-00307-GHD-EMB (N. D. Miss. 2004) (granting summary judgment to hospital under “learned intermediary doctrine” for claims alleging negligence in filling prescriptions constituting dangerous combination of medications)

 

Product liability
 

Betterton v. Evans, 351 F. Supp. 2d 529, 530 (N.D. Miss. 2004) (defense of pacemaker companies in wrongful death case; state-law product liability claims against pacemaker companies were preempted by federal law)

 

Batts v. Tow-Motor Forklift Co., 66 F.3d 743 (5th Cir. 1995) (product liability - Mississippi's conversion from "consumer expectations" to the "risk-utility" test did not constitute extraordinary circumstance allowing relief from judgment under Rule 60(b)(6))


Employment discrimination

 

Echols v. Kroger Co., CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:98CV215P-D, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 510 (N.D. Miss. 2000) (plaintiff’s claims for racial discrimination in employment including disparate treatment, tangible economic benefits, hostile work environment)

ERISA

 

Green v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., No. 3:12cv216-WHB-LRA, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101649 (S.D. Miss. 2012) (ERISA claim for disability benefits)

 

Wrongful foreclosure

 

Greene v. Indymac Bank, FSB, No. 3:12cv347-DPJ-FKB, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158907 (S.D. Miss. 2012) (defense of mortgage company against claims of wrongful foreclosure, fraud, quiet title, and declaratory relief)

Anti-trust, Fair Trade Practices

 

Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., No. 12-60704, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 26209 (5th Cir. Feb. 4, 2013) (price-fixing conspiracy, served as local counsel in defense of manufacturer of liquid crystal display panels)

Breach of Contract

 

Easton, Inc. v. Enter. Recovery Sys., 672 So. 2d 772, 773 (Miss. App. 1995) (breach of contract for treatment and disposal of hazardous waste)

Criminal cases, post-conviction and federal habeas corpus claims

 

Manning v. State, 158 So. 3d 302, 307 (Miss. 2015) (reversal of 1999 double murder convictions and two sentences of death for violation of due-process rights)
 

Manning v. State, 95-DP-00066-SCT (Miss. May 7, 2013) (stay of execution for 1994 double murders; DNA testing of twenty-year-old evidence ordered)

 

Manning v. Epps, 688 F.3d 177 (5th Cir. 2012) (denying federal habeas corpus relief from 1994 capital murder convictions under Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act)
 

Sherman v. United States, No. 2:98CR090-GHD, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91274 (N.D. Miss. 2008) (federal prosecution for manufacture of methamphetamine)

 

United States v. Matthews, No. 4:05CR95-P-B, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60664 (N.D. Miss. 2006) (twenty-four count indictment charging cocaine distribution conspiracy involving thirty defendants)

United States v. Estes, No. 3:06CR14, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22559 (N.D. Miss. 2006) (multi-count indictment charging methamphetamine conspiracy against ten defendants)

 

United States v. Mullins, 166 F. App'x 115 (5th Cir. 2006) (revocation of supervised release)


United States v. Little, 157 F. App'x 744 (5th Cir. 2005) (federal prosecution for conspiracy to ship and transport firearms)

McMinn v. State, 867 So. 2d 268 (Miss. App. 2004) (denial of post-conviction relief for disproportionate sentence; researched 1,554 criminal indictments to show that defendant’s sentence was three times the average imposed in similar cases)

 

Young v. State, 831 So. 2d 585 (Miss. App. 2002) (appeal of kidnapping conviction)