David Yates Aug. 21, 2015, 10:23am


The Beaumont-based Provost Umphrey Law Firm saw its civil suit against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance end in a mistrial Aug. 20.

Through PU attorney James E. Payne, Port Arthur local Arthur Harrison filed suit against Justin Jamal Washington on Jan. 10, 2013, in Jefferson County District Court.

Jury selection began Aug. 17. Three days later, the jury failed to reach a consensus and a mistrial was declared, according to a courthouse official.

The trial was against State Farm and centered on how much the insurance company should award Harrison in underinsured motorist benefits.

According to the original petition, Harrison claims he was driving on Highway 73 in Port Arthur on Dec. 2, 2011, when Washington failed to control his speed and struck Harrison’s vehicle.

Harrison asked jurors to award him damages for his medical costs, mental anguish, pain, lost wages, disfigurement and physical impairment.

Harrison had also named Walter Washington as a defendant, saying he owned the vehicle belonging to Justin Jamal Washington.

Germer PLLC attorney Collin Shellenberger represents State Farm.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. D193-810

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