Posts Tagged ‘litigation’

Judge: Ex-city manager was victim of political vendetta

DIAMONDHEAD — An administrative law judge has found that former Diamondhead city manager Richard Rose was a victim of a political vendetta in the coastal city. “His political bosses used him as a pawn in their schemes to wrangle a little more power for themselves or deprive their rivals of that power,” Judge Nathan Nyberg […] [...]

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Mississippi Power, Sierra Club reach settlement in Kemper plant case

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County. The company and the Sierra Club announced yesterday that they are ending […] [...]

Graham reaches out-of-court settlement in training-pay case

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports that an out-of-court settlement has been agreed to with Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham involving litigation concerning Graham’s conducting training while employed by the Jackson Police Department. As part of the settlement, Graham will transfer 91 days of his accumulated unused uncompensated personal and major medical leave to […] [...]

Judge rules against Kmart in flood damage case

CORINTH — A federal judge has denied a request from Kmart Corporation to file a corrected report on testimony of its engineering expert in a lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson ruled in December that changing the testimony would force both sides to incur more […] [...]

Supreme Court reprimands, fines judge

SMITH COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand and fine for a judge who was accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict in a Smith County asbestos case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In May 2011, attorneys for Union Carbide Corporation said Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen neglected […] [...]

Fitch rates Forrest Health ‘A’; outlook is negative

HATTIESBURG — Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘A’ rating on Forrest Health, Miss.’s (FH) outstanding debt, listed at the end of this release. The Rating Outlook remains “negative.” SECURITY Debt payments are secured by a pledge of the gross revenues of the obligated group. KEY RATING DRIVERS WEAK OPERATING PERFORMANCE: The maintenance of the Negative […] [...]

DHS attorney claims salary comes up short

An attorney in the Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Child Support Enforcement Division is suing the agency, claiming his salary has been lower than allowed by state law. William Satterfield, who has been with DHS’ Harrison County office since 2009, filed the lawsuit March 1 in Hinds County Chancery Court. Listed as defendants are Gov. […] [...]

BancorpSouth’s earnings impacted by litigation costs

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Inc. has released financial results for the quarter ended March 31. Highlights for the first quarter included: • Net income of $20.8 million or $0.22 per diluted share • Mortgage production of $425.9 million and mortgage sales of $445.9 million, which contributed to mortgage lending revenue of $12.3 million for the quarter, […] [...]

Debate should continue about tort awards and limitations

In a recent story by Clay Chandler, a federal appeals court has ruled that Mississippi’s tort cap does not violate separation of powers A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising out of civil litigation does not violate the state’s constitutional separation of […] [...]

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