Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – June 26, 2014

Hampton v. Blackmon – premises liability – frivolous lawsuit –  Patrons of Hamps Club were shot in the Malaco parking lot.  The victims sued Hamps and Malaco and settled with Malaco.  The jury found for Hamps.  Hamps asked for sanctions on the grounds that Mississippi law would never allow liability to be imposed on a…

Court of Appeals: Opinions, June 24, 2014

Meekins and Gates v. Kennon – The Court concludes that where the circuit court dismissed a plaintiff’s claim because it was excluded from their bankruptcy filings, but did not effect claims presented on behalf of the plaintiff’s children, that Rule 54 applied. Where the order did not provide for a partial final judgment, the court of…

S. Ct. Clerk Kathy Gillis retiring

I knew this was coming inasmuch as the Court was advertising for her job.   Kathy Gillis is retiring after 33 years at the Court.  Justice Waller has appointed Muriel B. Ellis is the new Court Clerk.  I will miss Kathy Gillis.  Even before she was the Clerk, she was  always gracious and helpful whenever…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – June 19, 2014

Loyacano v. The Traveler’s Insurance Co. – issue of proximate cause in car wreck – Loyacono was driving home when an uninsured driver, Shelby, backed into her. Loyacono was transported to the hospital by ambulance where she was treated for neck and back pain. Loyacano sued her own insurer and at trial she put on evidence that…

Decisions – Ct. of App. – June 17, 2014

Owens v. Owens –  termination of parental rights – Brandi and Jordan Owens were married for six years when they divorced in 2008. They had two kids.  The divorce degree granted them joint physical custody with no child support.  From the beginning, neither party complied with the visitation agreement.  Brandi claimed it was because Jordan refused to…