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BILL CRAWFORD: MAEP ballot initiatives invite court rationalizations

And you thought it absurd when the U.S. Supreme Court rationalized what Congress meant for Obamacare subsidies though the law clearly specified subsidies would go only to exchanges “established by the state.”   Ha!  Mississippi courts have two cases where they must rationalize what the Mississippi Legislature meant by the complex word “shall.”   Shades of Bill Clinton’s, “It depends on ...

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LAW ELEVATED — It’s a good time to franchise your business – can you do it?

Franchising is used to expand – and cook up – many types of businesses, especially restaurants. This is understandable, as it’s often viewed as less capital intensive and less risky than other kinds of expansion. Mississippi has a strong history of restaurant franchising and, in my opinion, a host of opportunity for more. It’s not surprising – we’ve got great ...

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Lawdragon recognizes Christy Jones

Christy D. Jones, an attorney with Butler Snow, has been selected as a member of the 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The Lawdragon 500 is an annual guide to America’s leading lawyers. Selections are made from a combination of editorial research, law firm nominations and online nominations. Jones has served as national trial counsel representing numerous corporations, trying ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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Butler Snow on 4 honor rolls

Butler Snow has been named to four BTI Honor Rolls in the BTI Brand Elite 2015 report. BTI is one of the preeminent market research firms for the legal industry and for professional services worldwide. BTI draws on 15 years of data to develop the framework for analyzing and measuring the market presence and brand imprint of law firms. The ...

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Adams and Reese add 3 products liability attorneys

Adams and Reese has added three products liability attorneys to its Jackson office, including Special Counsel Charles R. “Chip” Wilbanks, Jr. and Matthew R. Dowd, and Associate G. Austin Stewart, who are laterals from Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes. Wilbanks has close to 30 years of experience practicing law in Mississippi and concentrating his practice in product liability litigation, including ...

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State Bar inducts 2 fellows

The Mississippi Bar Foundation has inducted Phelps Dunbar partners W. Thomas Siler, Jr. and James G. Wyly III as fellows. This peer recognition connotes the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s highest honor, given to just 10 percent of practicing Mississippi attorneys. In order to become a fellow, an attorney must demonstrate utmost levels of professionalism, competence and leadership as well as commitment ...

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Josh Moore joins Holcomb Dunbar

Josh Moore has joined the law firm of Holcomb Dunbar as a partner with its Litigation and Insurance Defense team.  Moore will concentrate his practice on providing general litigation representation with an emphasis on insurance related matters. Moore has practiced law across Mississippi for the past 11 years in insurance defense including Mississippi Tort Claims Act matters.  He received his ...

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SPACE LAW — Ole Miss national champion Moot Court team to compete for internatonal title

By LYNN LOFTON  When Dean Stephen Gorove began the space law program 45 years ago at the University of Mississippi School of Law, he took a bold, forward-thinking step into an emerging field of study. The program has grown and evolved, and the Moot Court team recently won the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court championship at Georgetown University Law ...

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