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Justice Served! Firm successfully defends local business from $750,000.00 lawsuit

Last month, Jeremiah Hodges and Tim McFalls defended a local business who had been sued for $750,000.00 in damages. The case was tried for a week at the Madison County Courthouse. Ultimately, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims made against the business. Additionally, the jury also awarded damages to the local business for the plaintiff’s tortious interference with the business’s contractual relationships. We appreciated the jury’s attentiveness to the case and were thrilled for the result for our clients.

An important lesson to be learned from this case is that sometimes it is better to spend a little money now on a lawyer to avoid spending more money later to a lawyer. The case centered around a contract that the business had chosen to draft for itself rather than hiring a lawyer to draft. While the contract was pretty well written for a layperson, there were some missing terms and ambiguities in the contract. These terms caused the business to incur legal expenses and spend time in litigation to prove the meaning of the terms and get full enforcement of the contract. If the business had hired a competent lawyer to draft the contract, it may have been able to avoid litigation and saved thousands of dollars in legal fees.  We see this not only in contracts, but also in wills, bills of sale and other documents that are common for consumers to need.

It may seem expensive to hire a lawyer to prepare proper legal documents, it is much less expensive than hiring a lawyer having to litigate fix a poorly drafted legal document. Paying your lawyer to draft proper documents is an investment that will save you money in the future.

Hodges Trial Lawyers send local Boys and Girls Club members to Rocket City Classic

Boys and Girls Club Basketball

Our firm was proud to donate tickets to the local Boys and Girls Club so that sixty-five (65) boys and girls can attend tonight’s matchups featuring Alabama vs. Mercer and UAH vs. Shorter. Jeremiah is pictured here with Patrick Wynn, President of the Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Wynn stated that “The boys and girls were very excited to attend the games at the VBCC.” Our firm is honored to have the chance to put smiles on little faces. Roll Tide and Go Chargers!

Limestone County Courthouse Renovations

Athens residents know well the parade of orange cones that have invaded the downtown square for many months. We have some good news; the end is near! The renovations of the courthouse are all but finished and the construction equipment will soon be gone. Renovations started in 2011 and has more than doubled cost predictions due to unforeseen structural complications. Residents, lawyers, and the staff of our Athens office will welcome the end of the traffic headache and the opportunity to use the new facilities. Currently, the courts are housed in the off-site judicial center a few miles away from the main courthouse. The citizens of Limestone County will be better served by the new increased capacity of the county’s judicial facilities. As the population continues to grow and the number of cases increase, the expanded court rooms will be a much-needed improvement. All types of cases will be litigated in the new court rooms such as criminal defense, domestic relations, and personal injury cases. If you are a resident of Limestone county or anywhere in the southeast and need an injury attorney, criminal defense attorney, or family lawyer then give Hodges Trial Lawyers a call at 256-539-3110.

Defective Triggers in Remington Rifles

Unsealed internal documents from Remington reveal that the company has known for decades that the trigger in over a dozen Remington models would fire when no one pulled it. These models included the Remington Model 700, the most popular bolt-action rifle in America. Remington has consistently denied this fact, hidden the truth about this defect, and continued to sell the rifles in question. As a result, hundreds of people have been killed or maimed as a result of this defect. In December 2015, CNBC aired a one-hour special, Remington Under Fire: The Reckoning, based in part on some of these documents. Public Justice has recently been successful in unsealing documents that show culpability with regards to what was known and when. This is exactly why we oppose confidentiality in settling personal injury cases. Confidentiality protects Corporate America at the expense of American citizens.

Over 7.5 million Remington 700 and other rifles with this defective trigger are now in gun owners’ hands. A national class action lawsuit was filed in federal court and the proposed settlement included free trigger replacements to all owners of the Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, and 770 rifles. Everyone who owns one of these rifles should stop using them and make sure that their triggers are in proper working order.

There are other models not covered under this settlement. The Remington Model 600, 660, or XP-100 were recalled in 1979. Their triggers can still be repaired for free under that recall. The settlement also does not provide free trigger replacement for Remington Model 721, 722, and 725 rifles, even though they also have the same defective trigger.

For a full list of all affected Remington models, visit our website at www.notanaccident.com/defectivetrigger.

Jeremiah Receives Prestigious Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremiah recently received the Preeminent AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell. According to Martindale Hubbell, lawyers are rated by their peers and Jeremiah is rated as the “Highest Level of Professional Excellence.”

Jeremiah was also recognized for 2016 as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Each year, the top 2.5% of Alabama attorneys under forty (or those who have practiced less than 10 years) are recognized for their high achievement in legal ability, professional standards, and peer recognition. Candidates are selected through a rigorous process that combines extensive peer review and independent research conducted by the Super Lawyers organization.

Jeremiah has been recognized by Super Lawyers each year since 2011. Jeremiah stated that “Awards like these are evidence of the great work that our team does. We are grateful for the recognition; awards like these pale in comparison to the feeling we get from a satisfied client.”