Request for Admission Denials Not Proper Summary Judgment Evidence

In Hill v. City of Horn Lake, the Mississippi Supreme Court announced an obscure civil procedure point.  The Court refused to accept a denial to a request for admission as proper summary judgment evidence.  The Court explained that only matters “admitted” are imbued with the special, conclusive treatment under Rule 36.  Therefore, the Court surmised, denials were not deserving…


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Consolidation of Two MVAs for Both Contributing to Injury?

A defendant in Grenada County has filed an interlocutory appeal presenting a consolidation issue. In August of 2012, Ronnie Willis filed a lawsuit against two defendants, Lindsay S. Taylor and Bennie Bailey, over two separate auto accidents. The one involving Taylor occurred on May 10, 2011 and the second, involving Bailey, occurred on September 9, 2011.  …

Defense Wins

Defense Verdict in Hinds County Affirmed on Appeal

Diane Pradat Pumphrey and Nicholas D. Garrard from Wilkins Patterson successfully represented Equipment, Inc., in an appeal brought by an individual claiming the company had negligently maintained a scissor lift, and had allowed it to be used in an unsafe condition.  The trial resulted in a defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Hinds County.…


5th Circuit §1983/Med Mal Appeal Victory for Hagwood Adelman Tipton

Hagwood Adelman Tipton attorney, Mike Coleman, recently won an appeal at the Fifth Circuit in a case involving two doctors who allegedly committed medical negligence and §1983 civil rights violations.  The §1983 case, styled James v. Aust and Wade, was filed in federal court in Greenville, and brought §1983 claims as well as claims of…


Summary Judgment in Jefferson County Nursing Home Case

Hunter C. Carroll and Michael E. Phillips of the Hagwood Adelman Tipton firm successfully defended a long-term care facility in a medical negligence/personal injury case pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Plaintiff alleged that the nursing home was negligent in its care and treatment of her medical conditions resulting in her wounds being infested with…

Upcoming Events

2015 Deposition Academy to be held at MC School of Law

Back by popular demand, MDLA will hold its Deposition Academy on Feb. 27 at the MC School of Law in Jackson, MS.  This one-day Academy is not restricted to young attorneys – anyone who would like to brush up on their deposition skills is encouraged to attend. Class size is limited so please reply to…