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Baker Donelson merges with another Houston law firm

JACKSON — Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC has merged with the Houston law firm of Drucker, Rutledge & Smith, L.L.P., marking Baker Donelson’s third merger, and its second one in Texas, in less than four months. In October 2011, Baker Donelson merged with the Houston firm of Spain Chambers, giving the firm its first Texas location, then in ...

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Judge rules BP contract shields Hallibuton from oil spill damages

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge ruled yesterday that Halliburton could avoid paying most of the pollution claims that resulted from the catastrophic 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because it was shielded in a contract with well-owner BP. Still, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said that Halliburton is not exempt from paying punitive damages and civil penalties that arise ...

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Legislators seem unconcerned about growing tort reform cases

JACKSON — As the number of tort reform cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court keeps growing, state lawmakers don’t seem quite as concerned about the court’s rulings as are Mississippi’s legal and corporate communities. The deadline to file bills for consideration in the Legislature’s 2012 session is Feb. 20. That’s plenty of time to get tort laws thrown into a ...

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Green delays decision on invalidating Barbour's pardons

JACKSON — A Mississippi judge yesterday delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including those of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor. The office of Attorney General Jim Hood said it had been deluged with motions and documents from lawyers representing current and former inmates and that it needed more time to ...

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Judge to hear Hoods' pardon challenge, lawyer lays blame with AG

JACKSON — A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour. Circuit Judge Tomie Green scheduled the hearing for 3 p.m. today in Jackson. Hood wants to return those who were freed by Barbour, including convicted killers, to the prison system. The vast majority of ...

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Judge rules to clarify earlier decision on oil spill lawyers' fees

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that people pursuing their Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims against BP outside of federal court do not have to pay fees to hundreds of lawyers working on behalf of about 120,000 claimants fighting the oil giant in court. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling to clarify a previous ruling ...

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Scruggs offers to pay expenses for travel to trial

ABERDEEN — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to attend a March 26 hearing in Mississippi on his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. And, Scruggs said he would pay his own travel expenses. The hearing will be held in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. In ...

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Justice Department opposes fees awarded to oil spill lawyers

NEW ORLEANS — The fees a judge awarded lawyers fighting BP discourage people from settling oil spill claims out of court, the Justice Department says. In a court filing, the Justice Department opposed U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s decision to set aside up to 6 percent of claims payments after Dec. 30 for trial lawyers affiliated with a steering committee ...

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Barbour joining Butler Snow law firm

RIDGELAND — Former Gov. Haley Barbour and his former chief of staff Paul Hurst will join Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC (Butler Snow), according to the firm. Barbour and Hurst will provide leadership to the firm in the areas of economic development, government relations, strategic planning and business development. “Gov. Barbour and Paul are tremendous assets for our ...

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Legal services for poor to cut staff, clients

JACKSON — A lack of funding has prompted a legal services program for the poor to make cuts staff and reduce the number of people for whom it handles cases. Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project executive director Shirley Williams tells The Clarion-Ledger her program’s annual budget, which also includes funding from other sources, has dropped from about $700,000 in 2011 to ...

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