Judge/ DistrictCase Number & TitleType of CaseSettlement Demand & OfferVerdict /DateTrial/ Deliberation TimePlaintiff's AttorneyDefendant's Attorney

Jefferson County District Court

James Mehaffy A133,671 Theodore Harris v Southern Pacific Transportation Co. Personal Injury - Plaintiff claims he suffered disabling low back injuries while throwing a switch. Defense insisted that the switch was properly inspected, lubricated, and maintained. Argued that plaintiff failed to mitigate his damages, and asserted that there were numerous jobs he could pursue.   $250,000 after 50% off $500,000   Sam Palermo of O'Quinn, Kerensky (Houston TX) and Michael Ramsey of Provost & Umphrey (Beaumont TX) Daniel V. Flatten and Greg German of Mehaffy & Webber (Beaumont TX)

U.S. District Court - Beaumont Division

Richard A. Schell 1:93CV00503 Nationalist Movement v City of Vidor TX Civil Rights - Plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the municipality violated the First Amendment by refusing a parade permit to marchers protesting the Housing Act of 1967. City contended it could deny the permit because the sponsoring organization allegedly advocated segregation and was from another state. The court declared the parade permit law unconstitutional. Subsequently, $20,000 in attorney's fees were awarded pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1988.   For Plaintiff: The law was declared unconstitutional.   Richard Barrett of Law Office of Richard Barrett (Leonard MS) George Jamail of Bernsen, Jamail (Beaumont TX) and Jerry Hatton of Law Office of Jerry Hatton (Beaumont TX)

Upshur County District Court

Lauren Parish 440-93A Cynthia and Gerald Mahavier v Jimmy Fuller Personal Injury - Cynthia Mahavier suffered closed head injuries and facial fractures when her Ford automobile struck defendant's horse. Husband and six children cite loss of consortium. Plaintiff claims violation of livestock fencing laws. Defendant denied horse ownership and asserted that Ford Motor Co. (who settled out pretrial for $100,000) was responsible for the vehicle not being crashworthy.   $188,625: $94,250 after 35% off $145,000 to Cynthia; $24,375 after 35% off $37,500 to Gerald   Lynn Patton of Patton, Nix (Longview TX) and Ralph Pelaia of Tefteller & Pelaia (Gilmer TX) J. Gene Bailey and Noel L. Johnson of Law Office of J. Gene Bailey (Longview TX)

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