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Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler Complete Merger

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have completed their previously announced combination, resulting in one of the 50 largest law firms in the country. The combined firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, boasts more than 800 attorneys and advisors across 25 offices in ten states as well as Washington, D.C. Baker Donelson Chairman and Chief Executive ...

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HORNE promotes Rushing

The accounting and business advisory firm of HORNE LLP recently promoted Kassi Rushing, APR, to the director of people growth and engagement. Rushing now leads the people growth and engagement strategy for more than 500 team members across the country. The newly formed team is a result of her vision to unite the former communication department and learning and development ...

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Bailey to become Fellow

James E. Bailey III of Butler Snow will be inducted as a fellow to The American College of Bankruptcy. Bailey will be inducted on March 10 in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Bailey is AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in bankruptcy and ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Department of Labor’s new OT rule put on hold

It seems that the US. Department of Labor (DOL)’s highly-anticipated overtime rules changes have been put on hold—and, quite possibly, on ice. On November 22, 2016, just days before the new rules were set to take effect on December 1, Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant, a 2014 Obama appointee, issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the DOL from implementing any ...

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Warren Co. won’t help pay defense of convicted former clerk

Warren County supervisors say they won’t help pay attorneys’ fees for a former circuit clerk convicted in a corruption case. The Vicksburg Post reports that supervisors on Monday approved a letter telling Travelers Insurance company that the county won’t pay the $10,000 deductible the company requested. Travelers previously insured the county, and it asked the county to pay the deductible ...

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Miss. lawyers: Don’t revive lawsuit over Confederate emblem

Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. State attorneys filed arguments Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, saying U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled correctly in September when he dismissed a lawsuit ...

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WE LAW — Trademark basics for your company

Imagine that after years of work and preparation, your business is ready to expand.  While planning your company’s growth, you discover something unsettling. Another similar business with the same (or nearly the same) name is located in a nearby state.  Worse still, it claims to have a federally-registered trademark.  Your expansion plans may be on hold. For most small businesses, ...

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McGlinchey Stafford stars

Two attorneys in the Jackson office of McGlinchey Stafford have been included in the 2016 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers and one in Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” » Super Lawyers are G. Dewey Hembree III, Business Litigation and Civil Litigation: Defense; and H. Hunter Twiford III, Business Litigation and Class Action/Mass Torts. » Rising Star is Stephen T. Masley, ...

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Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

In a blow to the Obama administration’s labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season. As a result of Tuesday’s ruling, overtime changes set to take effect Dec. 1 are now unlikely be in play before ...

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LAW ELEVATED: Franchisee / franchisor’s trademark: the fictitious name registration

The fictitious name, also known as the d/b/a, doing business as, trade name or assumed name. Every franchisee uses one and, in almost all cases, it’s the franchisor’s trademark. And while it may be considered “fictitious,” the value of the name is very real to the franchisor. So, when a franchisee says, “I need to register my d/b/a,” should the ...

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