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Mississippi judge retiring from US appeals court in October

A longtime judge is planning to retire from the federal appeals court that handles cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The Clarion-Ledger reports Judge Grady Jolly of Mississippi says in a letter that he intends to step down from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on his 80th birthday in October. Jolly is one of four 5th Circuit judges ...

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Legislature drops key part of motion picture rebate package

By JACK WEATHERLY The bad news is that a key component in the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program will fade to black after July 1. The good news is that the cash rebate on 25 percent of the salaries paid to nonresidents of Mississippi is the only part that was lost. Going into the current session of the Legislature, talk ...

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C Spire gets favorable Supreme Court ruling

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned a decision in 2006 by Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary that sealed a contract with BellSouth Telecommunications and the state for landline and Internet services and sent it back to the lower court. At issue is whether the Legislature in 2015 made the contract subject to the state’s Open Records ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Court deals setback to Trump’s immigration policy

By Todd P. Photopulos   A federal appeals court on Thursday, Feb. 9 unanimously ruled against President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” executive order that attempted to bar foreign nationals from a list of seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Those countries include Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Somalia, although the Executive Order anticipated a reviewing ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Facebook fake news problem may impact businesses operating open websites

Recent criticisms lobbed at Facebook for fake news stories on its platform that allegedly tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor may spell trouble for businesses operating open websites where users can post content.  Sites that aggregate content created by third parties (think Craig’s List, YouTube, or any sites that include a comment section) have long been shielded from liability by a ...

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Panel tables plan for judges to be elected with party labels

A House committee is setting aside a proposal to have Mississippi’s judges run as Democrats and Republicans. The House Judiciary A Committee, on a split voice vote on Tuesday, tabled House Bill 496. Mississippi switched from partisan to nonpartisan judicial elections in 1994. However, House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, a Meridian Republican, says he thinks the state should switch back. ...

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New year could mean changes in legal world

By LISA MONTI  Who provides legal services, how much clients pay for those services and how data can predict future cases are among changes forecast for the legal profession in the new year and beyond. “Over the past five years, we have seen new techniques gain popularity as methods to help lawyers improve the business side of their practice,” said ...

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4 justices take oath of office for Mississippi Supreme Court

One new justice and three returning ones have been sworn in to the nine-member Mississippi Supreme Court. Justice Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando is a former circuit judge who was elected to the state’s highest court in November. He succeeds former Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia, who retired. Chamberlin took his oath Tuesday, moments after Justices Jim Kitchens of Crystal Springs, ...

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Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler Complete Merger

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have completed their previously announced combination, resulting in one of the 50 largest law firms in the country. The combined firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, boasts more than 800 attorneys and advisors across 25 offices in ten states as well as Washington, D.C. Baker Donelson Chairman and Chief Executive ...

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Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

In a blow to the Obama administration’s labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season. As a result of Tuesday’s ruling, overtime changes set to take effect Dec. 1 are now unlikely be in play before ...

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