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WE LAW — Badges, guns, subpoenas & search warrants: What to do?

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One day the People with Badges, Guns & Search Warrants may make an unannounced visit to your business. No business should assume it is immune. The state and federal government have a long reach into your business.   The fact you don’t directly take state or federal money doesn’t exempt you.  Your interactions with third parties who receive government funding ...

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Memorial Hospital and Singing River Health System file second lawsuit over Medicaid underpayments

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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Singing River Health System (SRHS) have filed a second lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court following a denial of their appeal to the Division of Medicaid (DOM) regarding underpayments that occurred in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2014. The lawsuit claims that DOM has a payment methodology   that is contrary to state law. The lawsuit seeks ...

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Steve Edds and Sue Fairbank join Butler Snow in Ridgeland

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Steve Edds and Sue Hicks Fairbank have joined Butler Snow’s public finance group in Ridgeland. “Both Steve and Sue bring tremendous talent to the firm and we’re honored to have them join our team,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “Our public finance group has been growing steadily and intentionally across the country the last few years and ...

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ON LAW: Government intensifies HIPAA enforcement activity for covered entities, business associates

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For health care providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses, as well as for business associates that work with such entities, compliance with the privacy and security regulations enacted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is now more important than ever. In recent months, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

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U.S. appeals court finds that Texas voter ID law is discriminatory; law similar to Mississippi’s

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A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the ...

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Butler Snow goes big for new chief operating officer

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By JACK WEATHERLY  L. Howard Belknap comes to Butler Snow, Mississippi’s largest law firm, from Baker & McKenzie – year in and out at the top of the list of the world’s biggest. Belknap (the k is silent) last week was named chief operating officer of the Ridgeland-based firm. It may come as a surprise, but he is not a ...

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Viking Range owner sues founder Carl, others for $100 million

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Viking Range Corp. founder Fred E. Carl Jr. and other former top officers of the Greenwood-based company have been sued for $100 million for allegedly not disclosing a design defect that caused the company’s stoves to turn on by themselves. Middleby Corp. of Elgin, Ill., which bought Viking Range in 2013 for $380 million, and Viking say ...

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ON LAW — Changes announced for preserving, producing documentation for litigation

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The Federal Court Rules of Civil Procedure recently been have amended to insert provisions which limit the scope and application of the rules related to the obligation of companies and individuals to preserve and produce documents and electronic information for use in litigation. Not all written communications must be preserved in perpetuity. But, when a party reasonably anticipates that a ...

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Gulfport attorney suspended, allegedly abandoned clients

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The Mississippi Supreme Court says Gulfport attorney Eric J. Eubanks accepted full payment from two clients, then failed to show up for Youth Court hearings where he was supposed to represent them, resulting in a three-year suspension from the practice of law. To be reinstated to the Mississippi Bar Association after his suspension is finished, The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/29UyShr) ...

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LAW ELEVATED: Mississippi: Uber has arrived

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One of the most exciting developments of the recently concluded 2016 legislative session was the passage of legislation to welcome ridesharing companies like Uber to Mississippi. In case you have not experienced a ridesharing service such as Uber in Jackson or in other markets around the country, they usually entail connecting people who need a ride with a certified driver ...

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