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  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, Inc. v. Allen, 572 So. 2d 434 (Ala. 1990)
  • Coleman v. Cannon Oil Co., 911 F. Supp. 510 (M.D. Ala. 1995)
  • First Tennessee Bank, N.A., v. Snell, 718 So. 2d 20 (Ala. 1998)

Below is a small sample of the more than 400 cases for which Rufus Smith has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel that resulted in verdicts or settlements between $100,000 and $80,000,000. 

$80,800,000
Artie Mae Jeter, et al. v. Orkin Exterminating Company, Inc., et al.
Case Number: CV-99-117, in the Circuit Court of Macon County, Alabama. This was a complex consumer fraud case involving an elderly African American plaintiff, who died prior to trial. After a one-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $80,800,000. The trial court reduced the verdict to $4,400,000. On appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court the case was affirmed upon plaintiff’s acceptance of a remitted judgment in the amount of $2,300,000.

$17,400,000
Marianne S. Mashburn vs. National Healthcare, Inc., a Corporation, et al.
Case Number: 87-D-0070-S, United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division, 684 F.Supp.679 (M.D.Ala.1988). This was a class action securities fraud suit that was certified as a class action which resulted in a $17,400,000 settlement, prior to trial.

$5,400,000
Brenda Griffin Toole, et al. vs. Richmond C. McClintock and Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Case Number: 90-H-195-S, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division. This was a complex products liability/medical malpractice action litigated for eight days before the Honorable Truman Hobbs in July of 1991. It resulted in the largest verdict ever rendered at the time in the United States on behalf of a plaintiff against a silicone gel-filled breast implant manufacturer. The plaintiff recovered a verdict in the amount of $5,400,000.

$4,100,000
Thomas Wayne Trawick, et al. vs. Browning Arms Company and Michaels of Oregon Company, et al.
Case Number: 88-T-413-N, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division. This was a complex products liability action against a gun manufacturer and the manufacturer of a quick detachable [QD] swivel that connected a high-powered rifle to a strap for a hunter to carry the gun over his shoulder. This action resulted in a $100,000 Pro Tanto settlement with Browning Arms Company prior to trial and a $4,000,000 verdict on behalf of the plaintiff against the defendant, Michaels of Oregon Company, the manufacturer of the [QD] swivel. The plaintiff’s injuries consisted primarily of the loss of his left arm as a result of an accidental gunshot wound.

$3,350,000
Anonymous vs. Anonymous
This is a complex products liability case against an automobile manufacturer; alleging a defective door latch which resulted in the plaintiff being ejected from the automobile. Plaintiff suffered brain damage and was paralyzed below the waist. The case was settled for $3,350,000 after the jury was struck but before opening arguments.

$3,000,000
Avis Darlene Dykes vs. Shalimar Contractors, Inc., Snyder General Corporation, et al.
Case Number: CV-90-139; In the Circuit Court of Barbour County, Alabama, Eufaula Division. This was a products liability action in which it was alleged that the plaintiff’s three-year-old twin sons were killed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning proximately caused by a defect in a gas furnace. The case was settled three days into the trial for $3,000,000.

$3,000,000
Anonymous vs. Anonymous
Plaintiff suffered brain damage as a result of a pedestrian/automobile accident that occurred in New York City, New York. Plaintiff was walking across a busy intersection in New York City and was struck by a delivery truck. The case was settled prior to trial in the amount of $3,000,000.

$2,650,000
Gussie Williams as Administratrix of the Estate of Melissie McKissic, et al. vs. Dixie Erectors, Inc., a Georgia Corporation
Case Number: 91-A-12540S, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division. This was a truck/automobile accident case that resulted in the death of two adults and one minor. The plaintiffs were returning from a state penitentiary in Artmore, Alabama where they had visited the husband (who was on death row) of one of the adults killed in the accident and father of the minor killed in the accident. The case was settled prior to trial in the amount of $2,650,000. 

$2,650,000
Anonymous vs. Anonymous
This was a complex premises liability/products liability case against the owner and builders of a retaining wall located on the Chattahoochee River in Seminole County, Georgia, where the retaining wall failed and two steel beams fell into a fishing boat, killing a 14-year-old boy. The case was settled for $2,650,000 without filing suit.

$1,400,000
Steve Snell, et al. vs. Home Cable Concepts of Tennessee, Inc., et al.
Case Number: CV-96-643-H, in the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama. This was a class action consumer fraud suit that was certified for settlement purposes as a class action and resulted in a $1,400,000 settlement prior to trial.

$1,200,000
Anonymous vs. Anonymous
This was a complex product liability case against a four-wheel off-terrain vehicle manufacturer, alleging a defective design which resulted in the plaintiff’s minor child being ejected from the vehicle and killed. The case was settled prior to opening arguments for $1,200,000.

$2,000,000.00

Mary Girtman, individually, as surviving spouse and personal representative of Otis Girtman, deceased vs. McLendon Acres, Inc., et. al.
US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Wrongful death cased settled at mediation for $2,000,000.00

$2,250,000.00

Kathryn Bielski vs. Alfred Saliba Corporation, et. al.
US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division
Defective attic ladder case against builder and relator – settled at mediation for $2,250,000.00

$13,653,415.00

Carter Brothers Manufacturing Company vs. Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance
US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Manufacturing case resulting in a verdict for the Plaintiff in the amount of $13,653,415.00

$1,500,000.00

Catarina Chub, et. al. vs. James W. Copeland and First Advantage LNS Screening, et. al.
Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama
Minor child raped at apartment complex by 4-time felon recently released from prison for multiple rapes, was screened by national screening company reporting that he had no arrests or convictions – raped minor one month after being allowed to rent the apartment next door
Settled at mediation for $1,500,000.00

$1,000,000.00

Terry McMullen vs. Cheatham, et. al.
Circuit Court of Macon County, Alabama
Construction accident – Plaintiff feel off the roof of a hunting lodge – multiple OSHA violations – resulted in a settlement at mediation for policy limits of $1,000,000.00

$2,000,000.00\

A vs. A
US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division
Medical malpractice case against OB/GYN and hospital on behalf of a minor child – settled four days into trial for $2,000,000.00

$1,575,000.00

Malika Oliver, et. al. vs. Kaya Associates, et. al.
Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama
Drunk driver driving a company truck rear-ended Plaintiff and her two minor children traveling at 100 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour area – case settled at mediation for $1,575,000.00

$800,000.00

Philip B. McLauchlin vs. Joshua Clemons, et. al.
Circuit Court of Chilton County, Alabama
Pedestrian struck and killed while attempting to change a flat tire on Highway I-65 – case settled at mediation for $800,000.00

$718,113.25

James Edward Smith vs. Golden Peanut Company, LLC
US District Court of Alabama, Northern Division
Industrial accident resulting in Plaintiff suffering severe aggravations of COPD from Defendant dumping a load of plants on Plaintiff while he was making repairs in one of Defendant’s transfer pits. Verdict and judgment for the Plaintiff after a five-day trial in the amount of $718,113.25

$690,000.00

Frank LaDon Cook vs. Mills Timber Harvesting, Inc., et. al.
Circuit Court of Henry County, Alabama
While Plaintiff was setting up a mobile home, the jack slipped out and Plaintiff was pinned under the trailer, suffering severe injuries. Case settled at mediation for $690,000.00

$550,000.00

Jane Martino, as personal representative of Terry Wayne McLaney, deceased vs. Indian River Foods, Inc., et. al.
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for St. Lucie County, Florida
Wrongful death verdict and judgment for the Plaintiff after a two-week trial in the amount of $550,000.00

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An accident can wreak havoc on your life. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you regain control and protect your future by attaining a favorable verdict or settlement. At The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. we have spent nearly four decades fighting on behalf of personal injury victims. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. Contact us today at 334-671-7959 to discuss your case.