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872 acres of Marion County sand, gravel, clay reserves on market after bankruptcy

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has ordered the sale of  Marion Clay & Gravel’s 872-acre tract in Marion County containing significant sand, gravel and clay reserves. The court has retained investment banking services company Heritage Equity Partners, in conjunction with Jax Auctioneers, to seek a buyer. The property is situated between the Pearl River and Highway 43 in South Mississippi’s Marion ...

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(UPDATE) Mississippi seeks its own reckoning with JPMorgan over illegal debt collections

By TED CARTER Mississippi joined California in staying out of a legal settlement announced Wednesday by which JPMorgan Chase will pay 47 states and the federal government $125 million for illegal consumer credit collection practices. The settlement announced by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the attorneys general of several states also includes $50 million in restitution to credit card ...

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Court dismisses suit against DSU president

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a faculty member at Delta State University. William “Bill” Hays sued the school in 2014 after his contract was not renewed as chairman of the Division of Languages and Literature. He now teaches English at Delta State. Hays argued he was removed from the chairmanship in violation of ...

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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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