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Butler Snow expands into Texas

Ridgeland-based Butler Snow has expanded into Texas with the addition of attorneys Martin A Sosland, Gary W. Davis and José M. Luzarraga. Sosland will practice in the bankruptcy and restructuring group in Dallas; Davis and Luzarraga will practice with the firm’s product liability group in Austin and Dallas respectively. “Texas is an important strategic market for the firm and we ...

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Senate earmarks $250M to dredge ‘strategic’ ports, including Port of Gulfport

Legislation that would allocate $250 million to fund  deep-draft harbor and channel dredging for commercial ports such as the Port of Gulfport that have been designated as “strategic” to national security won Senate approval Thursday. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said the money will help the Port of Gulfport prepare to fulfill its role as one of 17 commercial ...

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CFPB sues All American Check Cashing over ‘deceptive’ tactics

By TED CARTER The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit Wednesday against payday lender All American Check Cashing that charges the Madison-based company tricked and trapped check-cashing and loan customers at its 43 stores in Mississippi and a handful of other stores in Louisiana and Alabama. The suit seeks monetary relief against All American and owner Michael Gray, injunctive ...

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CFPB moves to end mandatory arbitration in financial services contracts

By TED CARTER The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to bar banks, credit card companies and other financial products providers from forcing consumers to agree to arbitration to settle account disputes. Banks, unsurprisingly, oppose the change. “Consumers will get less and pay more,” said Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, or ABA. The Consumer Financial Protection ...

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Employment lawyers warn of HB 1523’s workplace pitfalls

By TED CARTER Legal traps are ahead for private employers who impose their religious beliefs in the workplace once Mississippi’s new religiously focused “Freedom of Conscience” law goes into effect July 1, warn employment law attorneys Jaklyn Wrigley and Steve Cupp of the Gulfport office of Fisher & Phillips. The measure set to go into effect July 1 is touted as ...

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More budget turbulence: State short $56.8M for FY18

By Ted Carter A $56.8 million mistake in calculating state revenues will put state finances further in the hole as budget writers begin work on a fiscal 2018 budget. In a joint statement Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn attributed the $56.8 million shortfall to a “staff error” that over-estimated revenues during the FY2017 budget negotiations. It ...

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Transportation chairman urges local leaders to exert more push on funding for roads and bridges

By TED CARTER Local elected officials must do a better job persuading their legislators to back new road and bridge maintenance funding, Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons says in assessing prospects for getting a transportation bill through the 2017 Legislature. But whether they are willing to do so is unclear, especially after disappointment in the proposed local share of new transportation ...

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Gunn wants another evaluation of MDOT spending

  By TED CARTER Lawmakers are set to take yet another look at the effectiveness of Mississippi Department of Transportation’s spending, House Transportation Chairman Charles Busby says. Busby does not think another evaluation is needed just two years after a report from the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, gave MDOT passing grades on its spending ...

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