Cullman County $4.5 Million Verdict

A Cullman County jury this afternoon returned a verdict in favor of the family of a woman who died as a result of a car crash with a police vehicle.  The family was represented by MRB attorneys David Marsh and Rip Andrews and Cullman attorney Gaynor St. John.

On the night of February 16, 2009, 77 year old Annie Mae Butts was headed home from her job at Wal-Mart.  She entered Alabama Highway 91 when she was struck broadside suddenly and without warning by a Hanceville police cruiser.  The police vehicle was traveling between 85 and 90 miles per hour.  The speed limit in this neighborhood was 45 mph.

At the time, the police officer was answering a call about an erratic driver.  Another unit was dispatched ahead of him so, in fact, there was no emergency situation.  Besides driving at twice the legal limit, the evidence was undisputed that the police officer did not turn on the vehicle siren or blue lights.

Attorneys for the police officer and the City of Hanceville tried the case by blaming Annie Butts for pulling onto the highway.  However, a re-enactment shown to the jury showed how difficult it would have been for Mrs. Butts to judge the speed of the police vehicle with only his headlights on.  The re-enactment also showed that if the police officer had been traveling at 45 mph, Mrs. Butts would have made it safely across the highway. 

While on the witness stand, the police officer refused to take responsibility for causing the wreck and continued to blame Mrs. Butts.

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I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
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I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict ."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
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I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
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I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
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