Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Supreme Court’

Eaton, Triumph settle lawsuit that brought down a judge

JACKSON — Power management company Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal after Eaton lawyers paid to improperly influence an ex-Mississippi state judge who eventually served prison time. The joint settlement announcement yesterday by the companies covered the monetary terms […] [...]

Court rules for Exxon in property dispute involving alligators

WILKINSON COUNTY — A divided Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that Exxon Mobil Corp. can’t be held liable for the presence of alligators at a waste site it owns in Wilkinson County. The oil giant had been sued by a couple — Tom and Consandra Christmas — who had planned to build a house on […] [...]

Equifax takes tax dispute to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON  — Credit bureau Equifax Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal from an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. The appeal is a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove that it didn’t earn any taxable income in the state. The state Department of Revenue examined […] [...]

Homeowners’ fire district challenge going to highest court

DIAMONDHEAD — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider May 15 whether to hear an appeal over whether a Mississippi fire protection district can charge a fee for its services to local property owners. Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in favor of the […] [...]

Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ […] [...]

Manslaughter convict can get workers’ comp

JACKSON — A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the homicide case and is now serving […] [...]

City repeals gun ordinance, will follow state law

CORINTH — The city of Corinth has repealed its local gun ordinance. Mayor Tommy Irwin says the city will follow the state gun law to enforce violations. Irwin says he and aldermen took the action Tuesday after being lobbied by Second Amendment activists to make the change. Police Chief David Lancaster told the city board […] [...]

Court will not rehear Eaton-Frisby trade secrets case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined a request from Eaton Corp. to take another look at its appeal of trade secrets lawsuit against a rival, Frisby Aerospace. Last November, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld a Hinds County judge’s ruling that Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed […] [...]

Following ruling, Entergy to hand over records to county

CANTON — Entergy Mississippi will provide comply with a court order to give Madison County customer information on 20,000 local residents. On Feb. 20, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld a decision by the Madison County judge denying Entergy’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena seeking information on approximately 20,000 customers in Madison and Canton […] [...]

Another county court launches e-filing service

MERIDIAN — Lauderdale County Chancery Court began accepting voluntary e-filing of court documents on Feb. 3. E-filing will become mandatory on March 3, according to an order signed by Chancellors Jerry Mason and Lawrence Primeaux. Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., who has spearheaded development of an e-filing and documents management system for state […] [...]

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