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Settlement proposed in Pascagoula hospital pension lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — A settlement has been proposed in a lawsuit brought by several retirees against Pascagoula’s Singing River Health System when the pension plan was almost terminated last year. Local media outlets report the agreement says the health system will contribute $142 million to the floundering pension fund between 2016 and 2051. The county would give the system $13.6 million ...

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‘Philosophical’ differences lead to extensive departures at Forman Watkins

  By TED CARTER  Different “philosophical beliefs” and “strategic visions” have led to the departure of more than two dozen attorneys from law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz, including former partners Tom Tardy and Alan Perry. Tardy and more than 30 other attorneys who specialize in toxic tort and product liability litigation have left the firm headquartered in Jackson’s City ...

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Group of four joins Butler Snow’s business department

  RIDGE LAND —  Butler Snow has announced that a team of 4 attorneys has joined the firm as members of the business department.  Steve Hendrix, Robert Hutchison, Craig Smith and Thomas Watson join the firm adding significant experience in the areas of real estate, economic development, finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and tax credit transactions. “These respected attorneys are well known across ...

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Butler Snow expands government relations presence in Alabama

  MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  J. Ross Gunnells has joined the Butler Snow Government Relations Group in Montgomery.  Gunnells, who most recently served as Governor Robert Bentley’s Legislative Affairs Director, brings a wealth of governmental experience and knowledge to the firm’s growing government relations practice. Gunnells began his career in government as the finance director for Gov. Bentley’s campaign in 2010 where he ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Doing business with the Government

  The Founding Fathers would be dumbfounded if they could see our gigantesque government structure. This behemoth annually spends in excess of $6 trillion protecting, regulating, arbitrating, purchasing, managing, lending, insuring, competing, and, more recently, joining public–private partnerships. One of every six full-time U.S. workers is a local, state or federal governmental employee.  Inevitably, doing business will involve contact with ...

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Repayment demands in Neshoba overtime pay scheme exceed $1 million

Former Neshoba County Administrator Benjie Coats is the latest fired Neshoba official the Mississippi’s State Auditor’s Office has ordered to repay money relating to hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out in an alleged overtime pay scheme. Coats and three other former county officials have been indicted in what prosecutors say was a scheme to bill the county for more ...

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Supreme Court hires clerks

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently hired 4 new law clerks: Porter Wells of Brandon joined the staff of Justice Josiah Dennis Coleman. Wells earned a bachelor of arts degree in international studies with a second major in French at the University of Mississippi. She graduated from the university’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. The Great Falls, Va., native earned a ...

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Cybercrimes: It is a long road between right and resolution

By BECKY GILLETTE There are potential criminal and civil liabilities for hackers who compromise trade secrets, customer names and credit card information from a business. But finding the hackers, proving the case and then also being able to collect damages is a daunting challenge. “There is potential criminal liability for the hackers, assuming that you can find them and produce ...

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