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Damages cap ruling could invite another challenge

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in late February that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising from civil litigation does not violate the state constitution’s separation of powers clause. The appeals court issued the ruling in response to the Mississippi Supreme Court’s decision not to rule on the matter last summer. The state court said then that ...

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Ken Cyree readies Gillespie Business Plan Competition

Q — What is the Gillespie Business Plan Competition? A — The Gillespie Business Plan Competition is a contest that allows students to craft and present their business plans to a group of business professionals. Through this process, students can hone their business ideas and create a persuasive presentation that mimics a pitch to fund the business. Students learn analysis, ...

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Appeals court rules state’s tort cap doesn’t violate separation of powers

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising out of civil litigation does not violate the state’s constitutional separation of powers. The question arose out of a personal injury case in federal court in Aberdeen. Plaintiff Lisa Learmonth was involved in a wreck with a Sears van ...

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Highway revenue bills die at deadline

Two bills that create new revenue for the construction and maintenance of Mississippi’s roads and highways died last week in committee. A bill filed by Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, would have increased the current 18 cent per gallon tax on gasoline. It died in the House Ways and Means Committee. A Senate bill authored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Hattiesburg, would ...

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MDA reporting bill heads to the House

A bill designed to provide lawmakers an annual glimpse into the financial workings of the Mississippi Development Authority cleared the Senate one day before the Feb. 14 deadline. The bill would mandate the MDA provide lawmakers an annual rundown of the tax credits, grants, loans and repayment schedules the agency uses to lure new industry. Included would be the number ...

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