Posts Tagged ‘constitutionality’

Appeals court upholds ruling; finds ‘stop notice’ law unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that invalidated Mississippi’s “stop notice” law. In 2012, U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ruled the law unconstitutional because it deprived a corporation of its property without due process of law. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld […] [...]

Damages cap ruling could invite another challenge

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in late February that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising from civil litigation does not violate the state constitution’s separation of powers clause. The appeals court issued the ruling in response to the Mississippi Supreme Court’s decision not to rule on the matter last summer. The […] [...]

Justice Department gives OK to redistricting plan

JACKSON — The Department of Justice has pre-cleared the city of Jackson’s redistricting plan, clearing the way for City Council members to run under new ward lines in 2013. The Clarion-Ledger reports the new lines keep roughly the same structure as the old, with each ward seeing minor changes to account for a shrinking city […] [...]

Tort reform case will probably have to wait until 2013

by Associated Press Published: November 13,2012

Tags: appeal, bench, cap, constitutionality, court, damage, judge, judicial, judiciary, justice, law, legal, tort, tort reform

JACKSON — Resolution of a long-running Mississippi personal injury lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a portion of the state’s tort laws is not expected before next year. The lawsuit, first filed in the federal court in 2006, contends Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages is unfair. The cap was put into place a […] [...]

Hosemann to Justice: People have spoken on voter ID

JACKSON — In response to the Department of Justice’s request for more information about the new state voter identification law, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the people of Mississippi have already spoken to whether the law is discriminatory or not. In a statement, Hosemann said: “The Department of Justice has requested information from the […] [...]

Senators file amicus brief challenging health care reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 43 Senators who have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a multi-state legal challenge to a federal mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The amicus brief was filed with the Supreme Court Monday in support […] [...]

Supreme Court to hear arguments over Barbour’s pardons

JACKSON — The freedom of 10 people is at stake and dozens of others could lose their hopes for a cleansed record in the legal battle over former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case tomorrow. Five inmates remain jailed because Attorney General Jim Hood persuaded a judge […] [...]

Legislators seem unconcerned about growing tort reform cases

by Associated Press Published: January 30,2012

Tags: attorneys, caps, constitutionality, courts, damage, judges, judicial, judiciary, law, lawyers, personal injuries, tort reform, torts

JACKSON — As the number of tort reform cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court keeps growing, state lawmakers don’t seem quite as concerned about the court’s rulings as are Mississippi’s legal and corporate communities. The deadline to file bills for consideration in the Legislature’s 2012 session is Feb. 20. That’s plenty of time to get […] [...]

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