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Law firm rankings are abundant, but not created equal


By BECKY GILLETTE If you think football is competitive, try the field of law, where a lot can be at stake in legal actions that can have far-ranging economic impacts. But unlike the end of a football game when a winner is declared, it often isn’t so easy to judge the effectiveness of attorneys. But there certainly is no shortage ...

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Selling your business? check ramifications of tax laws before sale


By LISA MONTI Owners thinking about selling their businesses should consider taxes well before the deal is done, say attorneys who specialize in the process. “Generally, the first thing that an owner contemplating the sale of his business would want to do is to meet with his or her competent business and tax adviser to discuss goals and structuring alternatives. Early ...

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Court delays Saltillo bank robbery trial


ABERDEEN — A 57-year-old Saltillo man will have a couple of more months to prepare for his federal bank robbery trial. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chris Cosner was scheduled to go to trial Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen for the robbery of First American Bank in Saltillo. This week, the court granted a continuance, delaying ...

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Settlement proposed in Pascagoula hospital pension lawsuit

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PASCAGOULA — A settlement has been proposed in a lawsuit brought by several retirees against Pascagoula’s Singing River Health System when the pension plan was almost terminated last year. Local media outlets report the agreement says the health system will contribute $142 million to the floundering pension fund between 2016 and 2051. The county would give the system $13.6 million ...

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Group of four joins Butler Snow’s business department


  RIDGE LAND —  Butler Snow has announced that a team of 4 attorneys has joined the firm as members of the business department.  Steve Hendrix, Robert Hutchison, Craig Smith and Thomas Watson join the firm adding significant experience in the areas of real estate, economic development, finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and tax credit transactions. “These respected attorneys are well known across ...

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Butler Snow expands government relations presence in Alabama


  MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  J. Ross Gunnells has joined the Butler Snow Government Relations Group in Montgomery.  Gunnells, who most recently served as Governor Robert Bentley’s Legislative Affairs Director, brings a wealth of governmental experience and knowledge to the firm’s growing government relations practice. Gunnells began his career in government as the finance director for Gov. Bentley’s campaign in 2010 where he ...

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Miss. pays over $60K to defend lawmakers in ballot dispute

JACKSON — Public records show the state has paid more than $60,000 to defend Mississippi legislative leaders in a dispute over school funding amendments. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal requested House and Senate spending records, which show the state paid Jackson attorney Michael Wallace $60,222 between March and August. The dispute was over the summary voters will see in November, ...

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ALAN TURNER — Roy Campbell: Incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association

Roy Campbell, partner with Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association, is a third generation lawyer who grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, took his law degree from the University of Mississippi, and has served in the law profession for over 38 years. Primarily a litigator, Roy has handled many high profile cases ...

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872 acres of Marion County sand, gravel, clay reserves on market after bankruptcy


The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has ordered the sale of  Marion Clay & Gravel’s 872-acre tract in Marion County containing significant sand, gravel and clay reserves. The court has retained investment banking services company Heritage Equity Partners, in conjunction with Jax Auctioneers, to seek a buyer. The property is situated between the Pearl River and Highway 43 in South Mississippi’s Marion ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: MAEP ballot initiatives invite court rationalizations

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And you thought it absurd when the U.S. Supreme Court rationalized what Congress meant for Obamacare subsidies though the law clearly specified subsidies would go only to exchanges “established by the state.”   Ha!  Mississippi courts have two cases where they must rationalize what the Mississippi Legislature meant by the complex word “shall.”   Shades of Bill Clinton’s, “It depends on ...

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