Punitive damages still unresolved

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Michael D. Mathis’ attorneys want a new trial to determine punitive damages against his former employer.
Mathis of Oxford recently won jury verdicts in a 2009 racial bias lawsuit against Northeast Mississippi Electric Power Association based in Oxford.
But the jury failed to decide how much punitive damages should be.
His attorney, Jim Waide of Tupelo, tells the U.S. District Court that there “is no basis to resubmit the issues of liability” or damages for emotional distress since they are decided.
Mathis was awarded $138,000 in back pay and benefits and $250,000 for emotional pain.