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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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New Mississippi laws cover education, abortion, other issues

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Mississippi begins a new budget year Friday with a tight $6.4 billion spending plan that cuts money for many state services, including mental health. And while budget battles have dominated headlines in recent weeks, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has signed dozens of bills that become law Friday. In this list, HB stands for House Bill and SB is for Senate ...

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Lawyers await rulings on challenges to Mississippi LGBT law

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Attorneys who sued to try to block a Mississippi gay-marriage law hope a federal judge will hand down rulings in their lawsuits Thursday, the final day before it’s set to take effect. The law says clerks could cite religious objections to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It also would protect merchants and others who refuse services ...

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Ex-senator sentenced for embezzling from construction loan

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Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, with two years to serve, for embezzling over $379,000 of a $484,000 construction loan that he was handling for a couple through Singing River Federal Credit Union. Special Judge Richard McKenzie also ordered Robertson to serve eight years under post-release supervision, fined him $1,000 and ordered him ...

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