Posts Tagged ‘court’

State sues credit reporting firm Experian for alleged violations

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has sued credit reporting giant Experian, alleging sweeping errors in the company’s data and routine violations of consumer protection laws. Mississippi’s action — and a previously unreported multi-state investigation of credit bureaus led by Ohio — represents a significant new legal challenge to the industry. Attorney General Jim Hood’s […] [...]

Delta native nominated for Massachusetts Supreme Court

GREENVILLE — Appeals court judge Geraldine Hines, a self-described child of the segregated South with more than 40 years of legal experience in Boston, was nominated Friday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court. If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Hines, 66, would be the first black […] [...]

Judge rules for city in dispute over bonds for church

DIAMONDHEAD — A judge has ruled Diamondhead officials can issue a $1.28 million public bond to buy the former church building they have has been using as city hall. The Sun Herald reports Harrison County Chancellor Carter Bise ruled in the city’s favor. The Diamondhead Taxpayers Association has objected to the bond issue. The city […] [...]

Judge Brown’s investiture to be held in Greenville

GREENVILLE — An investiture ceremony will be held for U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown on June 20 in Greenville. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Washington County Convention Center. Brown is the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge in Mississippi. She presides over cases in the Northern […] [...]

Coast man gets nearly 13 years for trying to trade bar for cocaine

GULFPORT — A man who agreed to swap a bar he owned for more than 26 pounds of cocaine has been sentenced to 12 years and 11 months in prison. The Sun Herald reports that 33-year-old Victor Darnell Williams was sentenced Thursday. His prison term will be followed by five years of post-release supervision. Williams […] [...]

Aycock named chief federal judge in north Mississippi

OXFORD — U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock is the new chief judge for the federal court in north Mississippi. She succeeds U.S. District Judge Michael Mills whose seven-year term as the court’s leader ended this past week. Mills will continue to serve on the court. The northern district court is headquartered in Oxford. It is […] [...]

Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

FTC approves Franchise Services’ sale of airport locations

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc. (FSNA) has released an update on the previously announced proposed sale of 22 airport concession agreements used by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz, LLC, which formerly did business as Advantage Rent A Car. The Federal Trade Commission has approved the sale of 12 of the locations […] [...]

Voter ID to make debut during primary elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state of Mississippi tomorrow will use its new voter ID law for the first time, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting-rights suppression. People will be required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls during the Republican and […] [...]

Two men accused of photographing Cochran’s wife released from jail

MADISON — Two men charged with conspiring to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife were released from jail yesterday after a court lowered their bonds. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said his office agreed to reduce bonds for Clayton Kelly of Pearl and Richard Sager of Laurel after their attorneys appealed amounts set […] [...]

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