Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Supreme Court’

District wants court to decide if county has to pay for waterparks

LAMAR COUNTY — The Pat Harrison Waterway District has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. At issue is about $18.6 million. The waterway district argues Lamar County has a contractual obligation to maintain the nine […] [...]

Court to hear agruments over city/clinic dispute

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Supreme Court will referee a dispute between the city of Ocean Springs and a mental health clinic that wants to locate in the coastal city. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the case for Sept. 16 in Jackson. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs ruled last December that […] [...]

Eaton petitions court to reinstate $1B trade secrets lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys for Eaton Corp. asked the Mississippi Supreme Court today to reinstate its $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit against a rival, Frisby Aerospace. A Hinds County judge in 2010 threw out the case, saying Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed Peters took to influence former judge Bobby DeLaughter, the […] [...]

Court declines to hear dispute involving sale of business

PRENTISS COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has let stand an order that the sale of a Prentiss County business will await a local judge’s determination of its fair market value. The state Court of Appeals issued the ruling last year. The Supreme Court this past week declined to hear the case. Martha Crow and […] [...]

Governor, lawmakers, NRA want to file brief on open-carry law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant, about 80 lawmakers, the National Rifle Association and others have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to let them file briefs in support of the state’s open carry law. The court had not ruled on the requests as of yesterday. The motions filed by Bryant, the lawmakers and the NRA included […] [...]

New tax ruling could give Department of Revenue huge appeal advantage

A June 20 decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court in a tax dispute between Equifax Credit Information Services and the Mississippi Department of Revenue severely damages the rights of taxpayers, said an attorney who practices tax law. The dispute arose over the company’s tax liability to the state. Using the standard apportionment method, Equifax computed […] [...]

State courts not bound by federal court’s cap ruling

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on noneconomic damages arising from civil litigation does not violate the state constitution’s separation of powers clause does not necessarily mean state courts have to abide by the ruling. The cap was considered the centerpiece of tort reform, with supporters saying it would […] [...]

Damages cap ruling could invite another challenge

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in late February that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising from civil litigation does not violate the state constitution’s separation of powers clause. The appeals court issued the ruling in response to the Mississippi Supreme Court’s decision not to rule on the matter last summer. The […] [...]

New MSBOC director goes from lawyer to pioneer

Stephanie Sills Lee was well on her way to a stellar career in the field of law when a life-changing event forced her to re-evaluate where she was and where she was going. Little did she know that her new direction would land her as the executive director of the Mississippi State Board of Contractors […] [...]

Webster dies in accident

Former Coahoma County Court Judge Joe Webster died Jan. 16 after a traffic accident in Clarksdale. Webster, 65, of Clarksdale, continued to preside over cases as a senior status judge by appointment of the Mississippi Supreme Court. He handled 15 cases by appointment of the Supreme Court in 2012. Webster served as a County Court […] [...]

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