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BEN WILLIAMS and MOLLY MOODY — Never trust a trust

Coming to his own defense, the unrepentant Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett once retorted:  “If you can’t trust a trusty, who can you trust?”  The “trusty” in Governor Barnett’s story involved a prisoner on unauthorized extended leave.  This column pertains to the considerably less exciting legal practice where one person (the Grantor) transfers legal title of property (the Corpus) to an ...

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Attorneys general, others, support Google investigation

JACKSON — With representatives of the electronics industry saying Mississippi’s attempt to investigate Google should be blocked by federal law, some state attorneys general and other groups are taking the opposite position. They say Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has the power to examine Google’s behavior, and should be allowed to collect evidence from the Internet giant before a court ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Term sheets and commitment letters

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. In commercial finance, the difference between a term sheet and a commitment letter is like the difference between a football prospect’s “soft commitment” and an executed National Letter of Intent.  They ...

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Bill fails that would limit attorney general's power to sue

JACKSON — Mississippi House members are rejecting new restrictions against Attorney General Jim Hood’s ability to file lawsuits or hire outside lawyers. The House voted 66-49 Wednesday to reject a House Bill 1201, which would require the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state to approve the attorney general’s filing of any lawsuit in which the state could win more ...

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Former Miss. Supreme Court chief justice Lee dies at 99

FOREST — Roy Noble Lee, who served 16 years on the Mississippi Supreme Court and retired as chief justice in 1993, died Wednesday at his home in Forest. He was 99. Funeral services were pending with Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest, where he was chairman of the board. Then-Gov. Cliff Finch appointed Lee to fill a vacancy on ...

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ANITA MODAK-TRURAN — Mississippi’s motion picture renaissance

SCENE 1 — Thalia Mara Hall, located in downtown Jackson, transformed into a Paris theatre for Get On Up, a foot-stomping biopic based on music legend James Brown. Hundreds of extras from the community filled the theater and participated in the “magic” of moviemaking. The film’s producer Mick Jagger and director Tate Taylor could be seen dining in Walker’s, talking ...

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Joe Meadows appointed Harrison Co. supervisor

GULFPORT — Joe Meadows has been appointed to fill the seat of former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant, who resigned last month before pleading guilty on a federal bribery charge. Meadows, a retired lawyer who was the Harrison County Board of Supervisors’ attorney for almost 20 years, will serve the remainder of Savant’s term, which was set to expire at the end ...

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Millsaps dean’s lessons reach beyond classroom

Dr. Kimberly G. Burke, dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College and professor of accounting, said she was “surprised and delighted” by being receiving the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award from the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. “This was a completely unexpected honor,” Burke said. But it came as no surprise to colleagues and those who have ...

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Retired Mississippi chancery judge Ray Montgomery dies

CANTON — Retired Chancery Judge Ray H. Montgomery of Canton died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 79. The Mississippi Supreme Court announced Montgomery’s death Monday. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Canton. Burial will be in Cato Cemetery in Johns, Mississippi. After retiring, Montgomery heard cases as a senior judge until a few ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Floyd Sulser Jr. follows in his father's footsteps

Between 2008 and 2010, the United States had a loss of over 200,000 businesses and 3 million jobs. This period of the “Great Recession” was particularly challenging for those businesses in the housing sector. For those that survived, many found themselves in a better position with fewer competitors and leaner operations. I had the opportunity this week to interview Floyd ...

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