Mistrial Declared In Washington County Counselors Claims

Posted: January 19, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Dana Jones counseled drug offenders on how to stay away from drugs. As the only male counselor for the Washington/Madison County Drug Court Treatment Center, he also tested dozens of men for drugs every day for two years.

At A Glance

The Lawsuit

Melissa Henderson and Dana Jones vs. GlobalLab Solutions, Advanced Toxicology Network and Tyler Freeman

• Judge Jimm Hendren of the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division, presided.

• Henderson and Jones sued for lost wages, lost benefits and damages for mental anguish.

Advanced Toxicology Network performed the drug test and settled out of court last year. Freeman and GlobalLab were hired to double-check positive results.

Henderson and Jones argued the error was caused by negligence. After four days of testimony and deliberation, a jury of 12 couldn’t come to a unanimous agreement. Hendren declared a mistrial Thursday.

Source: Staff Report

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