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Plaintiff wants Pilot Flying J case shifted to S. Miss.

NASHVILLE — A dozen federal lawsuits against the truck stop chain run by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam could be consolidated before a single judge. The cases stem from a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud by the sales team at privately held Pilot Flying J, the country’s largest diesel retailer. Various plaintiffs have asked for the cases to be ...

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Judge sets conference date for abortion clinic lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge has set an Aug. 15 status conference in a lawsuit in which Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is fighting to remain open. The suit, filed last summer, challenges a 2012 state law that requires each OB-GYN who does abortions at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ...

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Trial begins over handling of Russian poultry exports

PASCAGOULA — The trial has begun for two men charged with falsifying temperatures of poultry exported from Pascagoula to Russia. Court records say a jury was seated yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport for 39-year-old Gerald Miller of Gautier and 55-year-old Patrick McClain of Pascagoula. A third man, 38-year-old Terry White of Ocean Springs, has already pleaded guilty in ...

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Judge rules on ambulance records in hospital dispute

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge says an ambulance service partly owned by Forrest General Hospital must turn over ambulance dispatch records and recordings to lawyers for Wesley Medical Center. The Hattiesburg American reports that the order last week also requires the ambulance service to turn over copies of complaints made against it. Wesley sued Forest General, AAA Ambulance Service and ...

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Plea saves Ky. man from charges for contraband tobacco

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Florida tobacco distributor long watched by federal investigators has pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy in a scheme to avoid paying taxes owed on online cigarette sales in Kentucky. Pedro “Peter” Bello became the second person to admit to plotting to use phony invoices to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars’ worth of cigarettes. ...

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Court appoints judge to hear election lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi’s Supreme Court has appointed Circuit Judge David H. Strong of McComb to preside over a lawsuit challenging the qualifications of three city council candidates and seeking to halt the June 4 election in Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg American reports Strong was appointed after another judge removed himself from the case. Last week, Ward 1 Democratic candidate J.C. Herrington filed ...

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Alderman brings federal lawsuit after losing election

WEST POINT — A West Point alderman is suing in federal court to block his loss in a primary election. Jasper Pittman, the incumbent alderman in West Point’s Ward 5, missed forcing a Democratic primary runoff against Gary Dedeaux by one vote, according to final tallies. Pittman alleges in a lawsuit that the body that ran the election had no ...

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Court rules in clinic dispute involving St. Dominic, HMA

CANTON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted a motion from St. Dominic Health Systems to dismiss its appeal of a judge’s order that it did not have a binding contract to buy an outpatient surgery clinic in Canton. The dismissal order was made public by the court late last week. St. Dominic had argued that a Madison County judge ...

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Panel rejects appeal in global warming/Katrina lawsuit

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property. In the lawsuit, the landowners sought compensatory and punitive damages against 32 companies ...

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Lab owner wants evidence tossed because of lack of coffee

WATER VALLEY — A laboratory owner charged with faking wastewater samples wants a judge to dismiss evidence taken from her computer because she claims she was stressed, “without coffee” and intimidated when she gave it to federal agents. Tennie White, owner of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., faces trial tomorrow on charges of faking wastewater samples that she was hired ...

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