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BP appeals judge's ruling over spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — BP is appealing a judge’s rejection of its argument that claimants who can’t trace their losses directly to the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn’t receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal yesterday, two days after the ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. ...

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Grocery store settles discrimination case with EEOC

JACKSON — A Jackson grocery store has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said today in a news release that it reached the deal with Venture Inc., which runs a Save-A-Lot grocery store on Ellis Avenue in west Jackson. In a statement today, Venture Inc. said it ...

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State receives settlement involving securities violation

JACKSON — Mississippi has received $34,070 in settlement funds from a state securities violation. Another multi-state investigation by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which includes Mississippi, found RBC Capital Market employees sold securities without properly registering with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. “Registering investment advisors provides confidence to Mississippi citizens when they purchase securities in Mississippi, ...

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Judge to hear objections to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill. Today, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s because several months after U.S. ...

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Hood watching for scammers in black farmer settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to be aware of persons or organizations offering help in filing claims in the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It has been brought to our attention that there are individuals/organizations who are holding meetings statewide and charging a fee to help black farmers file claims and ...

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State gets settlement funds from UBS for securities law violations

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has received $60,302 in settlement funds after a multi-state investigation found UBS Financial Services violated state securities laws. Conducted by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the investigation revealed several UBS employees sold securities without properly registering with the state. “UBS has acknowledged the need to modify its procedures,” says Secretary of State ...

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State reaches settlement with Affinion and subsidiaries

JACKSON — Connecticut-based Affinion, and its subsidiaries Trilegiant and Webloyalty, will pay over $30 million to settle allegations that they misled consumers into signing up and paying for discount clubs and membership, according to a release from the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Affinion is establishing a fund of approximately $19 million to provide refunds to some consumers in Mississippi and ...

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Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates. Government experts estimate ...

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City-schools squabble continues even after settlement

JACKSON — Months after a court order supposedly settled the issue, the Jackson Public School District is once again at odds with the city government over school taxes. According to emails and a settlement offer obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, the school system contends the city broke the agreement struck in July that set the district’s operational millage at 65.91 mills. ...

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Supreme Court reprimands, fines judge

SMITH COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand and fine for a judge who was accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict in a Smith County asbestos case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In May 2011, attorneys for Union Carbide Corporation said Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen neglected to notify defense lawyers that ...

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