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Jury Verdicts
June 12, 2011
Families awarded $100K each in Wayne County hazing case

COLUMBIA — A federal jury awarded two families $100,000 each after finding the Wayne County school district failed to protect the children from being sexually harassed in a middle school locker room.

The families originally sought $3 million but after several of their claims were thrown out by the judge they only requested $100,000 each and the jury gave it to them Thursday afternoon.

Eddie Schmidt, a Nashville attorney who represented both victims in the case, said school systems should pay attention to the jury’s decision.

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August 31, 2009
Jury Returns 10 Million Dollar Verdict Against Ruby Tuesdays


A jury in Rutherford County has returned a $10,035,000 verdict against Ruby Tuesday, Inc., in a lawsuit arising from a 2005 incident at a Ruby Tuesday in Smyrna, Tn.

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May 16, 2009
Defense Verdict in Slip and Fall Case Resulting from a Beehive of Lies

The Beehive of Lies

The Beehive of Lies

After a trial that lasted approximately one day, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant. Legalese has ordered a copy of the trial transcript which contains the testimony of all the witnesses as well as arguments of counsel. The plaintiff, in trying to show the jury that the mobile home park was actually a "slum" with the owner being a "slum lord" argued that the mobile home was in such bad shape that the owner of the property should have known about the nail in the vent. The plaintiff's attorney argued that there were repairs going on in the mobile home on a daily basis, suggesting to the jury that the mobile home was in bad shape and that the plaintiff was living in a mobile home with numerous problems. The plaintiffs attorney stated that the plaintiff lived in a beehive, and "when you live in a beehive full of bees you are going to get stung."

During the trial, the attorney for the mobile home park argued that the plaintiff and her daughter were lying. During closing arguments he argued that "when you live in a beehive of lies, you're going to get stung with a lie."

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May 4, 2009
Marsh Verdict

A Cleveland  Tennessee jury returned a verdict in a claim filed against Brent Marsh arising from the discoveries in February 2002 of uncremated bodies at Tri State Crematory in the amount of 750,000.00

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November 13, 2008
Defense Verdict in weather related car accident

Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the defendant alleging that the defendant failed to keep his vehicle under control during a heavy rainstorm causing the plaintiff injuries.  The allegations accused the defendant of operating his car wrecklessly in hazardous and dangerous weather conditions.The defendant answered the complaint denying that the accident happened in the way alleged by the plaintiff in his complaint. The defendant stated there was an unknown truck driver who caused the accident.  The truck driver caused water to be sprayed on the defendant's car, causing the car to hydroplane into the plaintiff's truck.

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November 13, 2008
125,000 Settlement

Plaintiff sues defendant after plaintiff dies in accident with street sweeper.  Defendant alleged that plaintiff was traveling at an excessive rate of speed coming off the interstate to where street sweeper was cleaning streets. Plaintiff alleged that street sweeper turned in front of plaintiff causing the accident.

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November 10, 2008
Products Liability Defense Verdict

Products Liability - The plaintiff suffered a catastrophic burn injury when a highly flammable adhesive product ignited - there were fact disputes about whether the fire started because of a flashback from fumes or instead because of adhesive on the plaintiff's clothes that ignited because of a nearby torch

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November 10, 2008
10,000,000 Verdict for Plaintiff in Truck Case

Truck Negligence - A passenger in an RV suffered catastrophic injuries when her driver rear-ended a tractortrailer - her theory alleged the trucker had changed lanes and suddenly stopped in front of the RV

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