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Senators vote to restrict attorney general’s powers

by Associated Press Published: March 15,2012

Tags: attorney general, attorneys, bill, law, law enforcement, lawyers, legislation, legislative, Politics, state government, state law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate voted 32-17 yesterday to restrict Attorney General Jim Hood’s power to control the state’s legal business. The bill would write into law what share of a verdict could be earned by outside lawyers hired on contingency. It would also require that the attorney general appoint outside lawyers if he had […] [...]

GOP agenda reflected in bills, amendments filed in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are sponsoring bills to tighten restrictions on abortion, crack down on immigration, expand the use of charter schools and limit the power of the attorney general. Yesterday was the deadline to file general bills and constitutional amendments to be considered during the 2012 session, which began in early January and is […] [...]

House passes bill limiting Hood’s power to hire attorneys

by Associated Press Published: February 16,2012

Tags: attorneys, bill, law, lawmakers, lawyers, legal, legislative branch, Legislature, Politics, representatives, state government

JACKSON — The Republican-led Mississippi House voted 59-55 yesterday to pass a bill limiting the powers of the Democratic attorney general. Proponents say agency heads need to be able to hire outside lawyers without Attorney General Jim Hood’s approval when they have conflicts with Hood. The bill would also require all outside legal contracts be […] [...]

House passes bill limiting Hood’s power to hire private attorneys

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans are moving forward with efforts to limit the attorney general’s power to hire private attorneys to file lawsuits for the state. Attorney General Jim Hood is the only Democrat remaining in statewide elected office, and he opposes their efforts. A bill that passed the House Judiciary A Committee yesterday says […] [...]

Lawyers appeal fraud verdict in asbestos lawsuit

by Associated Press Published: February 13,2012

Tags: asbestos, attorneys, courts, fraud, health, health care, judges, judicial branch, judiciary, law, lawyers, rail lines, railroads, railways, trains

HOUSTON, Texas — Two Mississippi plaintiffs lawyers, including a former state lawmaker, have appealed a verdict that they committed fraud during an asbestos lawsuit they filed in 2001. A federal jury in Mississippi decided in 2010 that the lawyers should pay Illinois Central Railroad Company $420,000 in damages. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

Bill to limit Hood’s power killed by procedural problem

by Associated Press Published: February 10,2012

Tags: attorneys, bill, law, lawmakers, lawyers, legislative branch, Legislature, parlimentary rules, state government

JACKSON — A bill to limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power died yesterday after it was found to violate parliamentary rules in the Mississippi House. But Hood isn’t in the clear yet. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he had no choice but to kill his own bill after experts found that it was written […] [...]

House to debate attorneys bill while Hood argues against pardons

by Associated Press Published: February 9,2012

Tags: attorneys, bill, convicts, courts, jails, law, lawyer, lawyers, legislative branch, Legislature, pardons, prisons, state government, trustees

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood may be busy today while House members debate a bill to limit his powers. The House bumped up its meeting time from the usual 2 p.m. to 10 a.m., when Hood is likely to be arguing against former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons at the state Supreme Court. The House […] [...]

Hood unhappy over snub by GOP-controlled House

by Associated Press Published: February 7,2012

Tags: attorneys, law, lawmakers, lawyers, legislative, Legislature, state government, state law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is steamed because a state House committee wouldn’t let him testify on a bill that would cut his authority. Under the bill, any state agency would be able to hire its own lawyer without Hood’s approval. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-10 today to approve the bill, setting it […] [...]

Butler Snow opens new office in Pennsylvania

by MBJ Staff Published: February 7,2012

Tags: attorneys, expansion, law, law firms, lawyers, Mid-South Super Lawyers, office

JACKSON — Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC has opened a new office in Fort Washington, Pa. Burt Snell has joined the firm and will be located in the new Fort Washington office. Snell is a member of the firm’s Product Liability Group where he focuses on mass torts, pharmaceutical and medical devices, product […] [...]

Supreme Court to hear Hood’s challenge to Barbour’s pardons

by Associated Press Published: February 2,2012

Tags: attorneys, convicts, corrections, courts, executive, governor, jails, law, law enforcement, lawyers, pardons, prisons, state government, trustees

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said yesterday it would take up the legal challenge to the pardons ex-Gov. Haley Barbour gave out in his last days in office. State Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, wants to invalidate dozens of the 198 pardons that Barbour, a Republican, handed out before his second four-year term […] [...]

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