Mississippi Attorney General News

CGL Facility Management reaches $750,000 agreement in Mississippi prison bribery suit

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2018

JACKSON — CGL Facility Management, LLC has reached a $750,000 agreement with the state of Mississippi as part of a fourth settlement in a Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) prison bribery scandal lawsuit.

Mike Moore, of tobacco litigation fame, signs on to help Arkansas with opioid probe

By Michael McGrady | Mar 6, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently announced that her office will retain help from private firms to potentially sue opioid makers - and one of those lawyers is a former attorney general of Mississippi who was a main player in the nationwide tobacco litigation of the 1990s that the opioid litigation is often likened to.

Mississippi attorney general secures additional $750,000 in prison bribery case

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 27, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced Feb. 22 that CGL Facility Management LLC will pay $750,000 for its alleged involvement in the MDOC prison bribery scandal.

Mississippi attorney general recovers $33 million in drug price manipulation case

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – As Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recovers more than $33 million from a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling finding pharmaceutical manufacturer Watson Inc. defrauded the state's Medicaid program through price manipulation, recently proposed state legislation could halt the prosecutorial powers of the office of the attorney general from further recoveries.

17 attorneys general urge Transportation Department to reverse decision on hidden fees

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently joined 16 other attorneys general urging the the U.S. Department of Transportation to reverse its decision on the withdrawal of the Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees rule established last year.

Mississippi secures $1.3 million additional settlement funds in prison bribery case

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 8, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced Nov. 29 that Sentinel Offender Services LLC, an inmate electronic monitoring services firm, will pay $1.3 million to resolve allegations of prison bribery.

Mississippi attorney general's battle with insurance companies over Katrina payments continues

By Chandra Lye | Nov 27, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit that puts the state of Mississippi against two insurance companies over Hurricane Katrina payouts has been sent back to a state court.

Mississippi attorney general alleges insurance companies cost state millions for Katrina payments

By John Sammon | May 26, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently filed two lawsuits against Liberty Mutual Insurance and Safeco Insurance companies and their affiliates for what is alleged to be a failure to make adequate payments for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Mississippi settles with drug testing company for $2 million after alleged bribery scheme

By Mark Iandolo | May 24, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced May 18 that Branan Medical Corp. will pay $2 million after allegations of a bribery scandal.

Miss. AG, with the help of outside attorneys, sues pharma companies over allegedly unapproved drugs

By Jessica Karmasek | May 2, 2017

Attorney General Jim Hood filed six separate lawsuits against the defendant companies in Hinds County Chancery Court last month. The companies have since asked the lawsuits to be removed to federal court, arguing the attorney general’s complaints require the determination of issues of federal law.

AG Hood again targets Google

By Jireh Gibson | Feb 21, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dismissed a lawsuit brought by Google against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, clearing the way for Hood to pursue allegations that Google profits from the personal information of school children who use G Suite for Education.

Miss. House bill moves to Senate vote; bill would require attorney general to seek approval for certain litigation

By Tricia Erickson | Feb 2, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Mississippi’s Bill 555 passed in the Republican-led state House, requiring the attorney general, the only statewide elected Democrat, to seek approval from a commission before pursuing litigation that may recover at least $250,000 in awards.

Mississippi alleges Google illegally obtains personal information of students

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 27, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced a lawsuit Jan. 17 against Google Inc., over allegations of collecting personal information and a search history of public school students in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

Experian, TransUnion, Equifax to change business practices in Mississippi after deception allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 9, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently announced that the nation’s three major credit card reporting agencies agreed to change their businesses practices in Mississippi after allegations of deceptive marketing activities and making mistakes on credit scores.

Mississippi Attorney General warns consumers about potential phishing scams

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 2, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood released a message urging state consumers to use caution when receiving email or text messages that appear to come from a business or bank.

Mississippi Attorney General comments on Supreme Court refusal to reconsider Sandoz case

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 2, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently commented on the state Supreme Court’s decision to refuse to reconsider a verdict of $30 million against Sandoz Inc., a pharmaceutical company.

States take range of action following varied fantasy sports opinions

By Taryn Phaneuf | Apr 18, 2016

With the question of the legality of daily fantasy sports popping up on a state-by-state basis, one thing is certain: The controversy isn’t going away.

Court dismisses Google's lawsuit against Mississippi attorney general

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 15, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has dismissed Google’s federal lawsuit against him, a move that will allow Hood’s office to continue its case alleging the company facilitates illegal behavior.

Unsealed complaint against class action firm says wife of Miss. AG staffer given unnecessary work, more than $100K from settlement

By John O'Brien | Feb 25, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has unsealed a lawsuit filed by a former member against a prominent class action firm that he claims fired him for exposing unethical conduct regarding the firm’s contract with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Miss. AG hires private lawyers to represent state in lawsuit against opioid makers

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 22, 2015

Attorney General Jim Hood signed a retention agreement with a Flowood, Miss., law firm last week. Hood is suing the pharmaceutical companies over alleged fraudulent marketing and sales of their painkillers.

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