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Same-sex couples have few private workplace protections in Mississippi

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  By TED CARTER  The U.S. Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriages legal but huge gaps remain in protecting gays, lesbians and transgender Americans from discrimination in private-sector hiring, firing and worker benefits. So says Matthew Steffey, a Mississippi College School of Law professor whose expertise includes civil rights and constitutional law. “Married in the morning, fired in the afternoon” ...

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Supreme Court rules for Cochran; says McDaniel's challenge came too late

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court won’t revive an election challenge by a candidate who lost a Republican primary to Sen. Thad Cochran. Three justices agreed with Cochran’s attorneys, who said state Sen. Chris McDaniel waited too long to challenge Cochran’s victory in the June 24 primary runoff. A fourth justice, Michael Randolph, sided with Cochran, but for a different ...

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Lack of state-funded public defender at core of ACLU lawsuit

SCOTT COUNTY — In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases — the main concern at that time. Fordice proposed increasing the hourly rate paid to attorneys appointed to such cases and tie the payment plan ...

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Tort to be tested by Supreme Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments June 14 on the constitutionality of the state’s $1 million cap on punitive damages in civil jury awards. The argument arose after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals certified the question of the cap’s constitutionality to the Mississippi court. The Fifth Circuit sent the question to the state court as part of the ...

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Eminent domain appeal window unclear

On Oct. 22, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann certified that Farm Bureau’s petition to eliminate the use of eminent domain for private development had enough signatures for the initiative to appear on the statewide ballot in 2011. Hosemann’s certification amounts to an administrative ruling, and if Mississippi’s rules for administrative appeals apply, any legal challenge to Farm Bureau’s initiative would ...

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Time may have run out on billable hours

Law firms adjust to troubled economy Over the past couple of years, as the economy soured, numerous headlines nationwide began proclaiming the death of the billable-hour model used by law firms. With money tight, clients are looking for options such as alternative or flat fees, according to reports. That trend is being seen here in Mississippi. However, local law firms ...

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