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July 6, 2011
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Trial Report

Willetter Morrison-Johnson and Steven Johnson v. Republic Services of Indiana, L.P. and Jason Stanley
Marion Superior Court No. 12
Injuries: post-traumatic fibromyalgia
Date: May 10, 2011
Trial Type: jury trial
Judge: Hon. Heather A. Welch
Disposition: Verdict for plaintiff Willetter Morrison-Johnson in amount of $91,314.99 and $0 for plaintiff Steven Johnson
Plaintiff attorney: Bradford J. Smith, Ken Nunn Law Firm
Defendant attorney: James E. Zoccola and Kevin Morrissey, Lewis & Kappes
Case Information: This case involved a rear-end collision on I-465. Plaintiff was a restrained rear seat passenger. She and two other co-workers were traveling to a work-related meeting at the time of the collision. A Republic Services garbage truck driven by Jason Stanley was unable to get stopped when traffic slowed abruptly on I-465. Plaintiff claimed ongoing headache and neck and back pain immediately after the accident. Despite no findings of acute trauma, plaintiff received a battery of diagnostic tests, physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, and spot injections. Johnson was diagnosed with post-traumatic fibromyalgia. Plaintiff received workers’ compensation benefits from her employer in excess of $42,000 for which the workers’ compensation carrier was claiming a subrogation lien. At mediation, defendants made a final offer of $97,000 which was refused by plaintiffs. Plaintiffs requested damages of $400,000 at jury trial.
– James E. Zoccola
 

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  • Auto accident! Urgent!
    Hi, I had an auto accident on 12/26/2012 on I-65 near Lafayette, IN. I rear hit a semi truck. Meanwhile, I got a traffic ticket. I went to White Superior Court to have a hearing. I thought that I could win the case. I lost. I am not sure if you will be able to reverse the judgment in the White Superior Court. Meanwhile, I will try to let the insurance agency for the truck driver to pay the damages to my car. I wonder if your office is willing to handle the case. Thanks.

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  1. A traditional parade of attorneys? Really Evansville? Y'all need to get out more. When is the traditional parade of notaries? Nurses? Sanitation workers? Pole dancers? I gotta wonder, do throngs of admiring citizens gather to laud these marching servants of the constitution? "Show us your billing records!!!" Hoping some video gets posted. Ours is not a narcissistic profession by any chance, is it? Nah .....

  2. My previous comment not an aside at court. I agree with smith. Good call. Just thought posting here a bit on the if it bleeds it leads side. Most attorneys need to think of last lines of story above.

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  4. He must be a Rethuglican, for if from the other side of the aisle such acts would be merely personal and thus not something that attaches to his professional life. AND ... gotta love this ... oh, and on top of talking dirty on the phone, he also, as an aside, guess we should mention, might be important, not sure, but .... "In addition to these allegations, Keaton was accused of failing to file an appeal after he collected advance payment from a client seeking to challenge a ruling that the client repay benefits because of unreported income." rimshot

  5. I am not a fan of some of the 8.4 discipline we have seen for private conduct-- but this was so egregious and abusive and had so many points of bad conduct relates to the law and the lawyer's status as a lawyer that it is clearly a proper and just disbarment. A truly despicable account of bad acts showing unfit character to practice law. I applaud the outcome.

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