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LAW ELEVATED — Benefit plan records retention: How long is enough?

Ask any benefits professional and he or she will likely tell you the question most frequently asked by benefit plan sponsors is: “How long do I have to keep these old plan documents?” The answer to that question depends whether the benefit plan is subject to federal law (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act or “ERISA”).  Most benefit plans sponsored ...

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Man pleads guilty to rigging bids at foreclosure auctions

Prosecutors say a businessman accused of conspiring to rig bids at public foreclosure auctions in Mississippi has become the sixth real estate investor to plead guilty in the investigation. The Sun Herald cites a U.S. Department of Justice statement as saying that Ivan Spinner pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one charge of price fixing. Prosecutors say that from April ...

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Guilty pleas in illegal shipping of hazardous waste

Three people have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally transporting 9 million pounds of hazardous waste from Mississippi to Missouri without acquiring the proper permits. Raymond Williams, 71, of Atlanta, the president and CEO of U.S. Technology Corp., based in Canton, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to transport hazardous waste. The company also pleaded guilty. Daryl Duncan, 37, ...

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Butler Snow promotes Rance Sapen to chief operating officer

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Rance Sapen has been named chief operating officer. Sapen has served as the firm’s chief financial officer for the past 14 years. As COO, Sapen will be responsible for providing administrative leadership and management to ensure the firm is positioned for further growth and long term success in the legal marketplace. Sapen joined ...

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Butler Snow ranked nationally by Thomson Reuters Top Legal Counsel Review

Butler Snow LLP has been ranked as a Top 10 private bond counsel firm nationally by the Thomson Reuters Top Bond Counsel rankings for their number of privately-placed bond transactions closed in the first quarter of 2018. The firm ranked fifth in the category. Butler Snow offers a comprehensive and diverse public finance practice ranging from all forms of state ...

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Manuel installed as president of Capital Area Bar Association

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s J. William Manuel, a partner in the firm’s Jackson office, has been installed as president of the Capital Area Bar Association, the largest, independent bar association in Mississippi. A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Manuel focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. Manuel earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School ...

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HORNE LLP promotes four in Ridgeland office

Accounting and business advisory firm HORNE LLP recently announced the promotion of four Ridgeland team members Parker Smith, Hannah Lambert, Hayden Deason and Jack Berry. All on the public and middle market team, Smith was promoted to senior manager. Lambert, Deason and Berry were promoted to senior associate.

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Real estate loans – HVCRE revisited

In the midst of all the recent investigations, pardons, Supreme Court rulings, and incessant breaking news, you might have missed a favorable change in federal banking law.  On May 22, Congress amended the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (enacted in 2010), which revisions included significant tweaks to the High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) regulations governing commercial ...

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Artificial intelligence a game changer for the practice of law

By BECKY GILLETTE Artificial intelligence (AI) is being adopted by law firms for many different functions that can help lawyers do a better job at a lower cost, said William Painter, chief innovation officer and shareholder with Baker Donelson’s Jackson office. “These important tools allow us to be more efficient in what we do and give us additional insights into ...

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