Posts Tagged ‘courts’

Equifax seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of tax ruling by state’s high court

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, courts, Department of Revenue, Mississippi, tax

Atlanta’s Equifax Credit Services is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that last summer went in favor of the state Department of Revenue and bumped Equifax’s annual tax bill from zero to more than $700,000. In a Feb. 19 petition for certiorari, Equifax argues that the Mississippi tax appeals […] [...]

Chancellor to rule soon on county’s bid to leave waterway district

PURVIS — A specially appointed chancellor said he would make a ruling within the next few days on whether Lamar County has a state-given right to leave the Pat Harrison Waterway District. The Hattiesburg American reports Chancellor Hollis McGehee was asked yesterday to decide on Lamar County’s request for a partial summary judgment. The county […] [...]

Court: Not enough info to make ruling on tort cap

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court says it does not have enough information to decide whether the state’s limit on noneconomic damages — as applied to a federal lawsuit — is constitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which is considering an appeal of a damage award against Sears, Roebuck and […] [...]

Judge rules TVA liable for massive ash spill

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — A federal judge has ruled that the Tennessee Valley Authority is liable for a huge spill of toxin-laden sludge in 2008 in East Tennessee. The judge ruled in favor of hundreds of plaintiffs who sued after a containment dike at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant burst Dec. 22, 2008. The failure spilled five […] [...]

Monsanto, Scruggs Farm Supply await judge’s ruling

TUPELO — A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael Mills made no decision […] [...]

Ladners plead guilty to Katrina clean-up fraud

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County road manager Roger Ladner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving federal money for Katrina ditch-cleaning projects. His wife, Sharon, has pleaded guilty to falsification of records in a federal investigation. Both entered pleas yesterday before U.S. District Judge Halil Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. Later, Donald […] [...]

State lawmaker appeals pay-out ruling to Supreme Court

TUPELO — State Rep. Brian Aldridge has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a ruling that he pay more than $200,000 to his aunt, whose estate was plundered by his father. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Aldridge filed an appeal after a Lee County judge denied his motion for a new trial. […] [...]

Businessman gets prison time for work visa fraud

GULFPORT — A 41-year-old South Florida businessman has been sentenced to prison, fined and ordered to pay $197,000 to 29 victims of visa fraud. The Sun Herald reports Michael V. Lombardi received a prison term of four years and three months, was fined $10,000 and given three years of probation after he serves his full […] [...]

MDOT awards funds frozen due to mayor’s financial problems

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven is getting $850,000 to link the city’s two largest parks with a bike path and walking trail after learning state officials have released the funds that had been frozen because of Mayor Greg Davis’ financial problems. The Commercial Appeal reports aldermen learned yesterday the enhancement grant for the nearly three-mile trail between […] [...]

Howard Industries settles post-raid discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — Federal court records show a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos. A tentative settlement was announced in February. Details were released in court documents filed this […] [...]

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