Miss. SC overturns $7M verdict in lead paint case

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A former high school sports star did not produce enough evidence to justify the $7 million verdict a jury in his home county awarded him in a lead poisoning case, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled.

Trellvion Gaines alleged that he was harmed by lead paint he was exposed to as a child, and a Jefferson County jury agreed in 2009. Sherwin-Williams, the company found at fault, argued in its appeal that Gaines didn’t make a strong enough case.

Thursday, the state Supreme Court found that the testimony of two of the doctors who testified on behalf of Gaines was inadmissible, adding that the “plaintiff’s experts did not present any scientific authority that an acute, asymptomatic ingestion of lead could lead to the alleged injuries.”

Gaines was a local high school sports star, starting at wide receiver and safety for Jefferson County as a senior in 2008. He was also a standout basketball player.

At the trial, his mother, Shermeker Pollard, said that her son “can’t go to college.” Gaines’ attorneys even produced witnesses that said his deficits would prevent him from

Legal News Line
9/8/11