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Legal-Bay: BP claims settlement headed to Supreme Court

NEW ORLEANS — Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, believes the British Petroleum Inc. Business Economic Loss (BEL) claims settlement will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court under a writ of certiorari. Legal-Bay said the issues revolve around constant legal wrangling by B.P. to drastically alter the landmark settlement, by claiming that the settlement is not ...

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Bipartisan bill would reinstate parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters said the bill would modernize and improve ...

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Justices: LCD price-fixing case can be heard in state court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Mississippi can pursue claims of price-fixing against a manufacturer of LCD screens in state court. The justices today reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the state-court suit against AU Optronics Corp. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong ...

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Supreme Court refuses to hear drilling moratorium case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t decide if the Obama administration violated a judge’s order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The high court today refused to hear an appeal from offshore service companies that challenged the moratorium. A federal judge overturned the Interior Department’s decision ...

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City loses again in court in dispute over mental health clinic

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled against the city of Ocean Springs in its dispute with a mental health clinic that wanted to locate in the coastal city. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs ruled last December that the city erred in denying a use permit to the Psycamore mental health clinic. The Supreme Court yesterday upheld ...

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County to begin enforcing oil/gas field fencing, signage ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Forrest County is soon to begin enforcing a fencing and signage ordinance for local oil and gas fields that was contested and affirmed by the Mississippi Supreme Court earlier this year. Sheriff Billy McGee tells The Hattiesburg American his deputies likely will begin enforcing the ordinance this week after briefings on the ordinance’s provisions and a survey of ...

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Supreme Court ruling closes books on Tri-State Brick fued

Legal settlements upheld by an arbitrator remain valid regardless of whether the arbitrator made errors of fact or law, the Mississippi Supreme Court said in a late June ruling. Unless an arbitrator violates Mississippi’s arbitration law in deciding a dispute, the state can’t nullify his decision, the court said, emphasizing its finding was one it has made “time and again.” ...

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BREAKING: High court strikes down federal marriage provision

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4. ...

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Supreme Court: Key provision of Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring. The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. ...

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Proposal to allow gay Boy Scouts heads for council vote

NEW YORK (AP) — Searching for compromise on a divisive issue, the Boy Scouts of America is proposing to partially lift its long-standing exclusion of gays — allowing them as youth members but continuing to bar them as adult leaders. The proposal, unveiled Friday after weeks of private leadership deliberations, will be submitted to the roughly 1,400 voting members of ...

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