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Schools appealing audit; superintendent calls it 'witch hunt'

SCOTT COUNTY — The Scott County school district will appeal a state audit claiming it’s violating state standards. Superintendent Bingham Moncrief tells The Clarion-Ledger that the September accreditation audit was a “witch hunt.” The state Department of Education says Scott County violated 20 of 27 standards reviewed. The audit claims, among other things, that the district reported false information, broke ...

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Court dismisses Eaton's claims involving Peters, DeLaughter

JACKSON — The Supreme Court of Mississippi, in a unanimous en banc decision, has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of all of Eaton’s claims against the Triumph Group Inc, its subsidiary, Triumph Actuation Systems LLC and certain employees, according to Triumph. In upholding the dismissal, the Court concluded that the evidence clearly and convincingly showed that Eaton knew that its ...

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Supreme Court tosses doctor's breach of contract lawsuit

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $2.27-million judgment for a doctor in a breach of contract lawsuit. The court ordered a new hearing in Hinds County on the issue of damages. Dr. Adolfo Morales, an ophthalmologist, had alleged Central Mississippi Medical Center breached a physician recruitment contract in 2004, which would have allowed him to establish ...

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Hospital board appealing racial discrimination verdict

GREENWOOD — The majority-black Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board is appealing an $82,000 award to a white attorney who argued he was a victim of discrimination. George Dulin claims he was pushed out of his job as the hospital board’s attorney in 2006 because of his race. He was awarded $82,000 by a federal jury in Aberdeen, Miss., in 2012. The ...

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Judge to hear objections to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill. Today, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s because several months after U.S. ...

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Appeals court upholds ruling; finds 'stop notice' law unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that invalidated Mississippi’s “stop notice” law. In 2012, U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ruled the law unconstitutional because it deprived a corporation of its property without due process of law. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld that ruling yesterday. Alexander ruled ...

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Chinese drywall-maker appeals; questions courts' jurisdiction

NEW ORLEANS — A Chinese drywall manufacturer asked a federal appeals court yesterday to overturn a judge’s ruling that U.S. courts have jurisdiction over claims that its defective product wrecked thousands of homes. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn’t indicate how soon it would rule. It heard arguments yesterday from lawyers ...

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'King of Torts' has finally abdicated

The legal saga of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in ...

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