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Hood recruiting other AGs to go after Google

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s trying to organize state attorneys general to push Google to better protect intellectual property such as music, movies and software. Hood said yesterday during a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government that he’s circulating a letter to other states’ top lawyers, seeking a ...

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Seized counterfeit goods destroyed by AG's office

TUPELO — The attorney general’s office has destroyed $750,000 worth of counterfeit shirts, shoes, purses, CDs and DVDs at a recycling center in Tupelo. Attorney General Jim Hood says the items were seized at an Okolona thrift shop following a sting operation involving his office, Okolona police and Chickasaw County deputies. Willie McMillian and Sarah Hill McMillian each pleaded guilty ...

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Store owners face sentencing for selling counterfeit clothing

HOUSTON — A Chickasaw County couple pleaded guilty this week to selling counterfeit goods. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 46-year-old Willie McMillian and his wife, 47-year-old Sophia Hill McMillian, pleaded guilty to sale and possession with intent to sell goods bearing counterfeit labels or trade-marks. McMillian owned and operated Urban Wear with Hill, where the couple sold a high ...

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Pair arrested yet again for selling counterfeit apparel

OKOLONA — Two Chickasaw County residents have been arrested for a second time in a year on charges of selling counterfeit clothing. Attorney General Jim Hood says Willie McMillan, 46 and Sophia Hill, 47, were arrested after an undercover investigation into their store, Urban Wear. Investigators seized about $275,000 in counterfeit clothing from Okolona store. Hood says the investigation was ...

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Man gets 15 years in prison for selling pirated DVDs, CDs

HAZLEHURST — A Hazlehurt man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for selling pirated DVDs and CDs. Attorney General Jim Hood says 37-year-old Patrick Lashun King was sentenced to 18 years with three years suspended last week. Hood says King pleaded guilty to six counts of selling pirated DVDs and CDs before Copiah County Circuit Judge Lamar ...

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Monsanto, Scruggs Farm Supply await judge's ruling

TUPELO — A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael Mills made no decision after hearing yesterday from attorneys ...

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Class-action lawsuit brought over Eaton-Frisby litigation

JACKSON — Bernstein Liebhard, LLP, of New York, has commenced a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on behalf of a class of purchasers of Eaton Corporation common stock between August 2, 2009, and June 4, 2012. The complaint alleges that Eaton issued false and misleading statements concerning its executives’ involvement in ...

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Hazlehurst man gets jail time for dealing bogus goods

HAZLEHURST — Authorities say a Hazlehurst man has been sentenced to five years after being convicted of selling counterfeit goods. The Mississippi attorney general’s office says 25-year-old Christopher Williams was sentenced by Judge Lamar Pickard in Copiah County Circuit Court. Authorities say an undercover investigation caught Williams selling counterfeit purses and other bogus merchandise on Whitworth Street in downtown Hazlehurst. ...

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Study measures economic impact of intellectual property

JACKSON — A national study shows intellectual property (IP)  is a huge contributor to Mississippi’s economy and thus directly indicates the importance of protecting intellectual property rights through enforcement, Attorney General Jim Hood reports. The state intellectual property jobs study, titled “IP Creates Jobs for America,” was released by the Global Intellectual Property Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ...

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Appeals Court rules against VT Halter in Navy-trade secrets lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — Federal prosecutors say the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has vacated a $1.4 million judgment against the Navy for allegedly disclosing trade secrets on the design of a military craft to a rival. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says the appellate court has ruled against United States Marine Inc. and Pascagoula-based VT Halter Marine Inc., ...

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