That allegedly lead-poisoned victim, who is a sports star in his hometown, is planning "on playing at Southwest Mississippi Community College this year on a scholarship."
That's what John O'Brien reports today in LEGAL NEWSLINE. The focus of O'Brien's coverage are the two motions Sherwin-Williams filed yesterday in "Trellvion Gaines v. The Sherwin-Williams Company." Hit with a $7 million jury verdict in Jackson, Mississippi for allegedly manufacturing the lead paint which harmed this athlete Trellvion Gaines, Sherwin-Williams filed a motion for Judgment Not Withstanding the Verdict and one for a New Trial.
The jury was told the poignant story that this young man, because of alleged ingestion of lead paint in childhood, would never be able to attend college. They were not told any information about product identification, that is, evidence that the alleged lead paint responsible for the "harm" was manufactured by the defendant Sherwin-Williams. This product ID issue is standard in lead paint litigation, both personal injury [think "Thomas"] and public nuisance [think "City of Milwaukee v NL Industries."].
In addition, they probably are not football fans. Otherwise they would have known that playing the game, in fact the reason we watch it, requires astute mental strategy and high physical intelligence. Gaines couldn't have succeed had he not comprehended the moves he was to make and the mind-body connection to make them.
My hunch? Not only will this verdict result in an exposure of what I perceive as Southern-Fried justice. In addition, Mississippi is facing caps on damages. The state will have to clean up its act if it expects to fill the hole in its economy which could be created if Toyota pulls out on the plant there. Research shows that business shuns states and local areas with judicial landmines.