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Unanimous Defense Verdict in Premises Liability Case

Premises Liability Litigation / 2016

Client: Waffle House, Inc.
Opponent: Tony Brown
Type of case: Premises liability
Court: Hinds County, Mississippi Circuit Court
Length of trial: Five days
Amount in dispute: Approximately $3.0 million
Result: Defense verdict for client

Plaintiff Brown was shot in a gunfight in the parking lot of the Waffle House on Highway 18 in Jackson, Mississippi at approximately 2:00 a.m. Plaintiff claimed that the prior criminal activity at the restaurant and surrounding area should have put Waffle House on notice of the necessity for a security guard. Plaintiff's security experts and city police officers testified the surrounding area was a high crime zone and that crimes had been underreported specifically at the Waffle House location.

The defense was able to establish that a security officer could not have prevented or intervened in the gunfight. The defense also established that police department crime reports did not support Plaintiff's claims and that testifying police officers were biased towards Plaintiff's counsel and could not support allegations that crime was underreported. The jury deliberated one hour before returning a unanimous defense verdict.

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