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Dowd named partner

Litigation attorney Matthew R. Dowd has been promoted to partner at the Jackson law firm of Adams and Reese. Dowd joined Adams and Reese in 2015 as Special Counsel in the firm’s Jackson office. Practicing law since 2005, he focuses his practice on products liability defense, in particular, silica defense, and also commercial and insurance litigation, personal injury, mass torts, ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Facebook fake news problem may impact businesses operating open websites

Recent criticisms lobbed at Facebook for fake news stories on its platform that allegedly tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor may spell trouble for businesses operating open websites where users can post content.  Sites that aggregate content created by third parties (think Craig’s List, YouTube, or any sites that include a comment section) have long been shielded from liability by a ...

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Mississippi sues Google, saying it violates student privacy

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging in a lawsuit that the company is illegally violating student privacy, even as some Republicans seek to muzzle his ability to file such civil suits. Attorney General Jim Hood sued the California-based computer giant Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. In a news conference Tuesday, Hood said Google is breaking Mississippi ...

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Panel tables plan for judges to be elected with party labels

A House committee is setting aside a proposal to have Mississippi’s judges run as Democrats and Republicans. The House Judiciary A Committee, on a split voice vote on Tuesday, tabled House Bill 496. Mississippi switched from partisan to nonpartisan judicial elections in 1994. However, House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, a Meridian Republican, says he thinks the state should switch back. ...

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When 2 systems ‘collide’ — HORNE unites engagement and public relations into new department

By NASH NUNNERY Forget the career ladder. Millennials are looking for the express elevator to find success. And that success includes opportunity for impact, influence and involvement. One Mississippi-based accounting firm has put a plan in action to focus not only on the strategic development of its millennial workforce but also more than 500 team members across the country. HORNE LLP’s ...

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New year could mean changes in legal world

By LISA MONTI  Who provides legal services, how much clients pay for those services and how data can predict future cases are among changes forecast for the legal profession in the new year and beyond. “Over the past five years, we have seen new techniques gain popularity as methods to help lawyers improve the business side of their practice,” said ...

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4 justices take oath of office for Mississippi Supreme Court

One new justice and three returning ones have been sworn in to the nine-member Mississippi Supreme Court. Justice Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando is a former circuit judge who was elected to the state’s highest court in November. He succeeds former Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia, who retired. Chamberlin took his oath Tuesday, moments after Justices Jim Kitchens of Crystal Springs, ...

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Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler Complete Merger

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have completed their previously announced combination, resulting in one of the 50 largest law firms in the country. The combined firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, boasts more than 800 attorneys and advisors across 25 offices in ten states as well as Washington, D.C. Baker Donelson Chairman and Chief Executive ...

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HORNE promotes Rushing

The accounting and business advisory firm of HORNE LLP recently promoted Kassi Rushing, APR, to the director of people growth and engagement. Rushing now leads the people growth and engagement strategy for more than 500 team members across the country. The newly formed team is a result of her vision to unite the former communication department and learning and development ...

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Bailey to become Fellow

James E. Bailey III of Butler Snow will be inducted as a fellow to The American College of Bankruptcy. Bailey will be inducted on March 10 in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Bailey is AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in bankruptcy and ...

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