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LAW ELEVATED — Working remotely during COVID-19:  Data security risks

With more employees working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic come increased data security risks. Phishing emails are the leading cause of business data breaches, and according to Google, scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about COVID-19 to Gmail users every day. So far, we have seen the following phishing emails specific to the COVID-19 pandemic: To sign up for ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — U.S. Supreme Court takes on Insanity

On March 23, 2020, while the average American pointed fingers over the spread of COVID-19 and reassessed his or her own mortality, a sequestered U.S. Supreme Court quietly released four opinions.  In keeping with the times and deviating from tradition, the opinions appeared only online rather than being first announced ceremoniously in a robed ritual. One opinion, Kahler v. Kansas ...

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Butler Snow’s Edney admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Butler Snow attorney Andrea La’Verne Edney has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The fellows were inducted before an audience of 561 during a ceremony at the college’s 2020 spring meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting, held March 5-8, had a total attendance of 679. “This is ...

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Prather, 1st woman Mississippi Supreme Court justice, dies

The first woman to serve as a Mississippi Supreme Court justice has died at the age of 88. Retired Justice Lenore Loving Prather died Saturday at her home in Columbus, according to a news release issued by the court Monday. Prather was appointed to the nine-member court in 1982 by then-Gov. William Winter. She was also the first woman to ...

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LAW ELEVATED — NLRA considerations during COVID-19 pandemic

As if employers and their HR personnel do not have enough to deal with, all must be mindful of the protections and prohibitions found under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when addressing the many employment-related issues brought on by the coronavirus. Whether you have a union or not, the NLRA can be implicated when making difficult employment decisions in order ...

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Oxford doc says virus safety concerns led to firing, sues hospital

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal A physician who claims she was terminated from a north Mississippi hospital for raising concerns about COVID-19 safety measures is now suing her former employer and the hospital for allegedly violating the terms of her employment contract. Dr. Samantha Houston, a former hospitalist at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford, filed the suit in ...

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Mississippi hospitals sue opioid makers and sellers

Eleven Mississippi hospitals have filed a civil suit in the Circuit Court of Hinds County against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of opioid-based drugs. Mississippi hospitals have been on the front lines fighting and treating the complications of addiction as the opioid crisis has reached epidemic levels. The Mississippi hospitals join more than 450 hospitals across the United States to file ...

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Finkelberg named to Forbes’ list of best-in-state wealth advisors

Arty Finkelberg, CFA, CFP®, Senior Vice Presidents-Investments and Managing Director-Investments, of Finkelberg Investments of Raymond James has been selected to the Forbes list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for the third consecutive year. The list, which recognizes advisors from national, regional and independent firms, was recently released online. Forbes has honored Finkelberg every year since the original ranking in 2018. The ...

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HORNE LLP admits Thomas and Klein as partners

HORNE LLP recently announced the admittance of Alethia Thomas and Lee Klein III, CPA, into the firm’s partnership. Thomas is a partner in government services at HORNE. She is responsible for assisting government agencies with planning, managing, and implementing CDBG disaster recovery funded programs. Thomas joined HORNE in 2011. She has more than 10 years of experience in disaster recovery ...

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BENJAMIN WATSON — Thinking Ahead: Impact of Coronavirus on commercial transactions

As coronavirus concerns escalate, businesses should be alert to the emerging commercial challenges from potential disruptions related to its existence, spread and containment.  Suppliers may delay delivery of products, raw materials or other supplies, be unable to perform contractual obligations, or even try to charge higher prices.  Businesses, in turn, may have difficulty or be unable to meet contractual requirements ...

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