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Butler Snow expands government relations presence in Alabama

  MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  J. Ross Gunnells has joined the Butler Snow Government Relations Group in Montgomery.  Gunnells, who most recently served as Governor Robert Bentley’s Legislative Affairs Director, brings a wealth of governmental experience and knowledge to the firm’s growing government relations practice. Gunnells began his career in government as the finance director for Gov. Bentley’s campaign in 2010 where he ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Doing business with the Government

  The Founding Fathers would be dumbfounded if they could see our gigantesque government structure. This behemoth annually spends in excess of $6 trillion protecting, regulating, arbitrating, purchasing, managing, lending, insuring, competing, and, more recently, joining public–private partnerships. One of every six full-time U.S. workers is a local, state or federal governmental employee.  Inevitably, doing business will involve contact with ...

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Repayment demands in Neshoba overtime pay scheme exceed $1 million

Former Neshoba County Administrator Benjie Coats is the latest fired Neshoba official the Mississippi’s State Auditor’s Office has ordered to repay money relating to hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out in an alleged overtime pay scheme. Coats and three other former county officials have been indicted in what prosecutors say was a scheme to bill the county for more ...

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Supreme Court hires clerks

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently hired 4 new law clerks: Porter Wells of Brandon joined the staff of Justice Josiah Dennis Coleman. Wells earned a bachelor of arts degree in international studies with a second major in French at the University of Mississippi. She graduated from the university’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. The Great Falls, Va., native earned a ...

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Cybercrimes: It is a long road between right and resolution

By BECKY GILLETTE There are potential criminal and civil liabilities for hackers who compromise trade secrets, customer names and credit card information from a business. But finding the hackers, proving the case and then also being able to collect damages is a daunting challenge. “There is potential criminal liability for the hackers, assuming that you can find them and produce ...

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Brown Bass & Jeter demands communication, integrity, professionalism in fostering client relationships

By LYNN LOFTON There’s a new law firm in town, Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC, started by three accomplished young women who’re on a mission to bring their kind of law practice to the area. “Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC, was founded Aug. 1, 2015, with the vision for minority women attorneys to own and manage a law practice representing corporations, ...

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Butler Snow handles portion of bonds issued for Braves’ new Cobb stadium

Ridgeland’s Butler Snow served as bond counsel in Wednesday’s closing on $376.6 million in bonds for construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium scheduled to open in Cobb County for the 2017 season. Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority issued Wednesday’s portion of the bonds. Butler Snow attorneys Lesly Gaynor Murray, Blake C. Sharpton and Ryan L. Pratt handled the transaction.. ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Construction contracts and risk mitigation

  A commercial construction project is a multifaceted venture.  The numerous parties, erratic pricing of materials, potential for defects, unpredictable local governments, tight profit margins, and vital financing all contribute to a challenging project.  The parties need a well-drafted construction contract. THE PROCESS Reaching the point of actually needing a construction contract can be exhausting.  Necessary steps include site selection, ...

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Miss. pays over $60K to defend lawmakers in ballot dispute

JACKSON — Public records show the state has paid more than $60,000 to defend Mississippi legislative leaders in a dispute over school funding amendments. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal requested House and Senate spending records, which show the state paid Jackson attorney Michael Wallace $60,222 between March and August. The dispute was over the summary voters will see in November, ...

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