How a Six-Minute Video Secured a $2M Verdict in a Georgia Trial over the Death of a Mentally Disabled Man

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Feb 4, 2016 8:56:57 PM

"I obviously wish that Hunter was not underwater for six minutes. Of course I wish that."--Kelli Salyer, of Just People Inc., an organization for mentally disabled adults, when questioned about why her facility's pool was unsupervised during a pool party in which Hunter Fellers died.  


Periodically CVN will delve into the crucial moments of key trials, highlighting the turning points that helped swing the verdict in each case.

The trial: Mary Fellers v. Just People Inc.

The turning point: A security video showing Hunter Fellers, a mentally disabled adult who suffered from seizures, underwater for six minutes at an unsupervised pool party organized by Just People Inc., an organization that assists people with mental disabilities.

The result: A $2.022 million verdict for the plaintiff, Mary Fellers.

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Topics: Negligence, healthcare, Fellers v. Just People Inc.

Courtroom Video and the Three Steps to Powerful Pre-Trial Intel on Your Opposing Counsel

Posted by Courtroom View Network on Feb 4, 2016 8:24:10 PM

Before the advent of trial video, attorneys looking for pre-trial intelligence on how opposing attorneys worked the courtroom had two options: watch the opposition in person at another trial or glean information from colleagues that faced them. 

Neither alternative provided a very good solution.

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Jury Clears Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard After Longest-Running Pelvic Mesh Trial

Posted by David Siegel on Feb 2, 2016 7:30:00 PM

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Topics: Products Liability, Pelvic Mesh Litigation, healthcare

Jury Clears Physician In Woman’s $10M+ Suit Over Allergic Reaction To Antibiotic

Posted by David Siegel on Feb 1, 2016 4:29:00 PM

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Topics: Pharmaceutical, Malpractice, healthcare, California

Jurors Award $240K, Find Smoker 98% Responsible for COPD in Trial Against Tobacco Giants

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 30, 2016 12:53:42 AM

Mark Belasic delivers closing arguments on behalf of R.J. Reynolds in Doris Ewing's suit against Reynolds and Philip Morris for the respiratory disease and death of her husband, James "J.R." Ewing. Jurors awarded $240,000 in damages against Reynolds, but found James Ewing 98% responsible for his COPD and absolved Philip Morris of any liability. 

Pensacola,FL—A jury Thursday largely cleared the nation’s two largest cigarette manufacturers of responsibility for the respiratory disease and death of a decades-long smoker, awarding $240,000 in unreduced damages but finding the smoker 98% at fault. Ewing v. R.J. Reynolds, 2009-CA-002791.

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Ewing v. R.J. Reynolds

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