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Catchings joins law firm

Caroline H. Catchings has joined Adams and Reese as Special Counsel in its Baton Rouge office. Practicing law for more than 25 years, Catchings is a trial attorney and counselor with years of experience in the courtroom. She focuses her practice on corporate regulatory law and has litigated and resolved oil and gas, environmental, and other administrative matters in state ...

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Bennett to lead state Bar

Patricia Bennett of Jackson has been elected to serve as President-Elect of The Mississippi Bar.  Her term will begin at the conclusion of the Bar’s annual meeting.  She will be the 113th President of The Mississippi Bar.  The Mississippi Bar is composed of about 9,200 lawyers who are licensed to practice law in Mississippi. Bennett is serving as the Interim ...

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Gulfport firm adds partners

Kimberly Marmalich, CPA, Cr.FA, and Deborah L. Vignes, CPA have been admitted as partners with Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC, which has offices in Gulfport and Wiggins. Marmalich is a native of Long Beach. She joined Alexander Van Loon in 1996.  Since 2012, she has served as Director of the firm’s Audit and Assurance Department, providing services ...

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West joins Oxford firm

Benjamin D. West recently joined Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, as an associate attorney with the firm’s Oxford office. West focuses his legal practice in commercial litigation, criminal law, health care, insurance, mediation, arbitration, personal injury and product liability.

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LAW ELEVATED — Court deals setback to Trump’s immigration policy

By Todd P. Photopulos   A federal appeals court on Thursday, Feb. 9 unanimously ruled against President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” executive order that attempted to bar foreign nationals from a list of seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Those countries include Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Somalia, although the Executive Order anticipated a reviewing ...

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New partner at Bradley

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has elevated attorney Slates C. Veazey to partner at the firm’s Jackson office. Veazey represents clients in all types of litigation, with a particular emphasis on construction and insurance coverage disputes. His construction practice involves representing owners and general contractors in a variety of issues and projects, both public and private. He has experience managing ...

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Dowd named partner

Litigation attorney Matthew R. Dowd has been promoted to partner at the Jackson law firm of Adams and Reese. Dowd joined Adams and Reese in 2015 as Special Counsel in the firm’s Jackson office. Practicing law since 2005, he focuses his practice on products liability defense, in particular, silica defense, and also commercial and insurance litigation, personal injury, mass torts, ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Facebook fake news problem may impact businesses operating open websites

Recent criticisms lobbed at Facebook for fake news stories on its platform that allegedly tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor may spell trouble for businesses operating open websites where users can post content.  Sites that aggregate content created by third parties (think Craig’s List, YouTube, or any sites that include a comment section) have long been shielded from liability by a ...

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Mississippi sues Google, saying it violates student privacy

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging in a lawsuit that the company is illegally violating student privacy, even as some Republicans seek to muzzle his ability to file such civil suits. Attorney General Jim Hood sued the California-based computer giant Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. In a news conference Tuesday, Hood said Google is breaking Mississippi ...

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Panel tables plan for judges to be elected with party labels

A House committee is setting aside a proposal to have Mississippi’s judges run as Democrats and Republicans. The House Judiciary A Committee, on a split voice vote on Tuesday, tabled House Bill 496. Mississippi switched from partisan to nonpartisan judicial elections in 1994. However, House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, a Meridian Republican, says he thinks the state should switch back. ...

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