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Current tort damages cap statute likely to remain as-is

The Mississippi Supreme Court declined in late August to say whether the state’s $1 million cap on noneconomic damages in civil cases is constitutional. If and when the court takes up the matter in the future, justices will most likely be examining the same law then as they did recently. The current law is sound enough that it can withstand ...

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Court Rejects BancorpSouth’s claim customer liable for fraud losses

Labeling it “a very close call,” a U.S. district court has rejected a Mississippi bank’s efforts to have a former commercial customer held liable for losses, damages and legal costs in an ACH and wire fraud case. And one legal expert suggests the case could set a precedent for other similar fraud cases, the website BankSecurity.com reports. Five months ago, ...

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‘Provocative’ film to spotlight media portrayal of women & girls

With female reproductive rights and the debate over the definition of sexual assault filling the news daily, the Women’s Fund of Mississippi has picked an opportune time to premiere a documentary in Jackson on how the media portrays women. In a press statement announcing the Sept. 13 showing of “Miss Representation” LaFawn A. Gilliam of the Women’s Fund promised a ...

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OSHA hits Norfolk Southern with whistleblower fines yet again, cites rigged hearings

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has become a repeat violator of whistleblower protection provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the U.S. Department of Labor charged in fining the railroad company more than $300,000 for its latest retaliation against an employee who complained about safety on the job. The newest fine, combined with fines levied in three previous cases, brings the ...

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NY Times reports HCA inquiry uncovered unnecessary cardiac surgeries

An internal investigation by HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities, including Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing, the ...

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Ex-Greenville Schools chief faces 25 years in lockup after kickback plea

Ex-Greenville Schools chief faces 25 years in lockup after kickback plea   Former Greenville Public Schools superintendent Dr. Harvey Andre Franklin, 56, faces 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Friday to receiving kickbacks from the award of a federally funded reading instruction contract. Franklin pleaded before U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock, in Aberdeen, Mississippi to three counts of ...

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Carter: Recreational ‘shooters’ in for pointless persecution after Aurora

First, a whack- job congressman from Texas, Louie Gohmert, went on the radio and blamed Friday’s mass murders at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on our nation’s increasing “godlessness.” Absurd, of course. But Rep. Gohmert’s mutterings shouldn’t actually bother us. He’s just the crazy old uncle we keep up in the attic. What should bother us is that the crowds ...

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Insurance chief urges governor to delay Medicaid expansion decision

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is advising Gov. Phil Bryant not to act hastily in committing either way on a federal offer to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of uninsured Mississippians. “We have asked the governor to refrain from committing to anything for the time being,” Chaney said, calling for more time to explore the state’s options. Just after ...

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State orders $423,801 repaid for bogus OT, call-back pay at mental health office

  Mississippi authorities have served Dr. Pam Baker, retired director of the South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach, a division of the Department of Mental Health, with a demand for repayment of $423,801 in unsubstantiated overtime and call-back pay to dozens of employees. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said Baker authorized payments to employees for call-back work that was performed ...

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State foreclosure inventory inches up as much of nation declines

Mississippi ended May with a 0.03 percent increase in home foreclosure inventory compared to the same period a year ago, California real estate research and inform CoreLogic reports. Mississippi’s increase comes as foreclosure inventories in most states are showing declining percentages, CoreLogic said. Mississippi’s residential foreclosure inventory represented 2.7 percent of all homes on the market. By comparison, the national ...

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