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Guilty pleas in illegal shipping of hazardous waste

Three people have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally transporting 9 million pounds of hazardous waste from Mississippi to Missouri without acquiring the proper permits. Raymond Williams, 71, of Atlanta, the president and CEO of U.S. Technology Corp., based in Canton, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to transport hazardous waste. The company also pleaded guilty. Daryl Duncan, 37, ...

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Butler Snow promotes Rance Sapen to chief operating officer

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Rance Sapen has been named chief operating officer. Sapen has served as the firm’s chief financial officer for the past 14 years. As COO, Sapen will be responsible for providing administrative leadership and management to ensure the firm is positioned for further growth and long term success in the legal marketplace. Sapen joined ...

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Manuel installed as president of Capital Area Bar Association

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s J. William Manuel, a partner in the firm’s Jackson office, has been installed as president of the Capital Area Bar Association, the largest, independent bar association in Mississippi. A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Manuel focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. Manuel earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School ...

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HORNE LLP promotes four in Ridgeland office

Accounting and business advisory firm HORNE LLP recently announced the promotion of four Ridgeland team members Parker Smith, Hannah Lambert, Hayden Deason and Jack Berry. All on the public and middle market team, Smith was promoted to senior manager. Lambert, Deason and Berry were promoted to senior associate.

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Real estate loans – HVCRE revisited

In the midst of all the recent investigations, pardons, Supreme Court rulings, and incessant breaking news, you might have missed a favorable change in federal banking law.  On May 22, Congress amended the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (enacted in 2010), which revisions included significant tweaks to the High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) regulations governing commercial ...

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Artificial intelligence a game changer for the practice of law

By BECKY GILLETTE Artificial intelligence (AI) is being adopted by law firms for many different functions that can help lawyers do a better job at a lower cost, said William Painter, chief innovation officer and shareholder with Baker Donelson’s Jackson office. “These important tools allow us to be more efficient in what we do and give us additional insights into ...

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Taxpayer costs adding up in legal fight over Jackson airport

Lawyers have billed taxpayers more than $400,000 so far in a power struggle over control of the airport in Mississippi’s largest city. The federal court fight is an extension of a bitter legislative debate. People who say Jackson should maintain control of the airport have accused white suburban Republicans of unlawfully trying to steal an asset controlled by Democratic officials ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Regulatory burden reduction legislation poised to become law

Bank regulatory relief legislation appears poised to be enacted. The U.S. Senate passed S.2155 with substantial bipartisan support and sent the Bill to the House of Representatives for consideration. While S.2155 contains several significant regulatory burden reduction provisions, many in the House of Representatives wanted additional burden reduction measures added. The Senate was clear that any attempts to expand on ...

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