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Attorneys plan appeal of FEMA trailer ruling

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Plaintiffs’ attorneys plan to appeal a judge’s dismissal of claims against the federal government by Mississippi storm victims who say they were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled last month that a Mississippi law shields the federal government from negligence liability for providing free ...

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Barbour looking to sue Choctaws over casino

SANDERSVILLE — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s pursuing legal action to block a gaming development proposed by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. In a letter to Attorney General Jim Hood yesterday, Barbour said he would seek outside counsel to pursue litigation. Barbour had asked Hood to look into the matter in June. Hood responded last week, saying there ...

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Superintendent accuses Franks of extortion

TUPELO — A school superintendent said in a lawsuit filed July 23 that Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Jamie Franks tried to commit extortion by pressuring the superintendent to resign over an affair with Franks’ wife. Mike Scott was elected Lee County superintendent in 2007 as a Democrat. Scott, who is married, said in the suit filed in Lee County Circuit ...

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States reach $173M settlement in DRAM lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, along with 32 state attorneys general, announced a $173-million settlement against six world-wide manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips (DRAM) after the companies “devised an elaborate scheme to raise prices” on their products,” according to Hood. The settlement requires the companies to refrain from illegal price-fixing and to conduct employee-compliance training. Approximately ...

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State Farm wants to question Scruggs

GULFPORT — State Farm has asked a judge to let it question former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and obtain documents he may possess related to a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the insurer over its handling of Hurricane Katrina claims. The lawsuit was filed by Cori and Kerri Rigsby of Ocean Springs, who once worked for Alabama-based E.A. Renfroe, a company ...

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Manufacturer settles Chinese drywall cases

PLAQUEMINE, La. — Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., Ltd., one of the companies responsible for manufacturing defective Chinese drywall, has agreed to settle two Louisiana cases set to go to trial today in U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon’s courtroom in New Orleans. Plaintiffs, Paul and Celeste Clement and John Campbell, own homes that contain Chinese drywall and brought suit ...

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Penn National suing Greenwood 'partners'

WYOMISSING, Pa. and CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. — Penn National Gaming Inc. has filed suit in Camden County, N.J., to force its joint venture partner in Freehold Raceway – Greenwood Racing Inc. – to compel development of an off-track wagering (OTW) location in that county. OTW was approved in the State of New Jersey in 2001 and through a statutory “participation ...

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Court clears HMA to intervene in case

CANTON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has allowed Health Management Associates (HMA) to intervene in a lawsuit in a Madison County Chancery Court suit between St. Dominic Health Systems and the owner of an outpatient surgery center in Canton it wants to buy. The decision, issued this past week, doesn’t deal with the ongoing argument between HMA and St. Dominic ...

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Judge tosses lawsuit against Scruggs

JACKSON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Gulf Coast attorneys who had accused former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and associated law firms of using money owed to them in a scheme to bribe judges and other elected officials. Lee Young and Charles J. Mikhail filed the lawsuit in 2009 in federal court in Jackson for ...

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Tyson settles donning/doffing case

WASHINGTON — Tyson Foods Inc. has settled a decade-long dispute with the Labor Department by agreeing to pay workers at poultry plants for time they spend putting on and taking off protective clothing. Federal officials have insisted that poultry companies pay employees for all hours worked, including donning and doffing sanitary gear before and after their shifts. Tyson officials said ...

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