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Watkins & Eager pair listed

Stephanie M. Rippee and Rebecca Lee Wiggs of Watkins & Eager PLLC have been chosen for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading female litigators. Only four Mississippi lawyers made the list. Rippee is a partner in the firm who has divided her practice between general commercial litigation and ...

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Mississippi companies get new federal protection from trade secret theft

By Mark Fijman Trade secret theft is estimated to cost American companies more than $300 billion a year. More than half of departing employees keep confidential information belonging to their former employers and 40 percent plan to use such misappropriated trade secrets in their new jobs, according to a recent survey by a security software company. In today’s digital workplace, ...

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ON LAW: Government intensifies HIPAA enforcement activity for covered entities, business associates

For health care providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses, as well as for business associates that work with such entities, compliance with the privacy and security regulations enacted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is now more important than ever. In recent months, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

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U.S. appeals court finds that Texas voter ID law is discriminatory; law similar to Mississippi’s

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the ...

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Hinds County DA asks court to overturn order banning him

Hinds County’s district attorney is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn an order barring him from having any contact with county grand juries or trying cases in one judge’s court. Robert Shuler Smith filed the motion Monday with the high court, also asking that a series of sealed court hearings be opened so he can prepare his defense against ...

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Curren joins Haddox Reid

Kevin Curren recently joined the audit division of the CPA firm of Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC. Curren is a graduate of Millsaps College where he received his BBA in Accounting in May 2015 and Master’s of Accountancy in May 2016.

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Bradley recognizes Manuel

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner J. Will Manuel of Jackson has been selected as the recipient of the firm’s 2016 Diversity Leadership Award. Bradley’s Diversity Leadership Award was established in furtherance of the firm’s core diversity and inclusion values, to recognize a partner who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to promoting and advancing diversity within the firm and beyond. Manuel ...

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Butler Snow goes big for new chief operating officer

By JACK WEATHERLY  L. Howard Belknap comes to Butler Snow, Mississippi’s largest law firm, from Baker & McKenzie – year in and out at the top of the list of the world’s biggest. Belknap (the k is silent) last week was named chief operating officer of the Ridgeland-based firm. It may come as a surprise, but he is not a ...

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Butler Snow’s space functions as civic, arts center

By JACK WEATHERLY  Butler Snow continues to grow as a major regional law firm. And that includes its Ridgeland headquarters in the 200 Renaissance at Colony Park, where it soon will complete occupation of the top five floors. And while the law firm has 10,000 active files, according to Chairman Don Clark, 50,000 people a year avail themselves of its ...

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Viking Range owner sues founder Carl, others for $100 million

By JACK WEATHERLY  Viking Range Corp. founder Fred E. Carl Jr. and other former top officers of the Greenwood-based company have been sued for $100 million for allegedly not disclosing a design defect that caused the company’s stoves to turn on by themselves. Middleby Corp. of Elgin, Ill., which bought Viking Range in 2013 for $380 million, and Viking say ...

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