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Attorney drops lawsuit over choking on Popeyes chicken

A Mississippi attorney has dropped his lawsuit against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he says he choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru. Paul Newton Jr. of Gulfport tells The Sun Herald Thursday that he decided not to pursue the matter further citing “extreme comments” directed at his family. ...

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Time running out on learning new way to manage overtime

By BECKY GILLETTE Starting Dec. 1, an estimated 4.2 million salaried workers in the U.S., including 40,000 in Mississippi, will no longer be exempt from U.S. Department of Labor overtime regulations. “That is a large number of folks to educate in a short period of time,” said Jennifer G. Hall, a shareholder with Baker Donelson in Jackson who practices law ...

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MATT THORNTON: Funding the future: options for financing growth

When pitted against other states in the union, it’s often said that Mississippi scrapes the bottom of the barrel (or ranks at the top of a not-so-flattering list). Often overlooked, however, are conditions that can contribute overall to a favorable business climate: a strategic geographic location, tax-exempt financing programs and the nation’s lowest cost of living are just a few ...

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Baker Donelson and Ober Kaler to combine

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have announced plans to combine. The combination, which has been approved by the leadership and shareholders of both firms, is anticipated to take effect January 1. The combined firm, which will maintain the name of Baker Donelson, would become one of the 50 largest law firms in the country, with more than ...

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Stay issued in Aberdeen solar lawsuit

A civil case over a planned solar plant to be built on the north end of Aberdeen has been postponed. Circuit Court Judge Jim Pounds stayed the case for 30 days to give National Energy Partners time to secure new attorneys. NEP sued the city for breach of contract in April. A hearing was scheduled Monday but NEP’s three attorneys ...

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Richmond becomes Fellow

Butler Snow’s Orlando R. Richmond Sr. has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, ...

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Martinez is SLTA president

Maria Martinez, managing partner of the law firm of Rushing & Guice, PLLC, in Ocean Springs was recently installed as President of the Southeast Land Title Association. SLTA focuses on promoting the safe and efficient transfer of real property ownership through education, public awareness, and legislative advocacy. In addition to real estate, her practice focuses on commercial litigation, professional malpractice, ...

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Painter is innovation officer at Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson has named William S. Painter as the firm’s chief innovation officer, a new position focus on continued innovation in the delivery of client services and technology. Painter, who previously served as Baker Donelson’s chief strategic planning officer, will oversee several areas that are key drivers of innovation, including legal project management, knowledge management, information technology, pricing, eDiscovery/practice support, ...

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C Spire, BellSouth await ruling from state Supreme Court

By JACK WEATHERLY  Cellular South and Bell South await a decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court on whether a contract with the state of Mississippi landline and Internet services, now held by Bell South, that was sealed in 2006 should be a public record. The court held an oral hearing on Sept. 21 that turned on whether the decision by ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Zoning – trust, but verify, authenticate & insure

Zoning plays a critical role throughout the life of a commercial development.  In terms of reviewing zoning status, the Reagan-adopted “trust, but verify” adage should come to mind.  Zoning, however, can be quite complex and the more appropriate proverb might be “trust, but verify, authenticate and insure.” As the term is generally used, “zoning” refers to the approved usage of ...

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