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

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 Supreme Court affirms wrongful death suit is time-barred

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed a judgment of a circuit court in finding that a man’s lawsuit against doctors alleging negligence in the wrongful death of his mother was barred by a statute of limitations.

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

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

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 Supreme Court reverses part of decision on public records case

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – In a decision filed Nov. 4, the Supreme Court of Mississippi has reversed in part a decision made by an appellate court on a Mississippi Public Records Act (MPRA) case.

Miss. SC rules for man who pawned TV he rented from Rent-A-Center

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the rental agreement between Rent-A-Center and Brian Ray Pedigo did not compel arbitration, despite the fact that Pedigo had pawned the television he rented from them and then been jailed for it.

Legal reform group: Allowing class actions in Mississippi a 'solution in search of a problem'

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – As the Mississippi Supreme Court decides whether to allow class action lawsuits in state courts, a legal reform group has filed its opposition.

Miss. justices split on holding hospital accountable for death of man who was stabbed

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Three Mississippi Supreme Court justices objected to the high court's recent change of mind about whether to hear an appeal of a medical malpractice case against University of Mississippi Medical Center over the 2010 stabbing death of a 19-year-old man.

Miss. reporter, newspaper win court battle over closed-door city council meetings

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has affirmed a decision that the mayor of the city of Columbus and its city council violated the Open Meetings Act by holding private meetings to discuss economic issues and building renovations in a manner intended to avoid requirements of the Act.

Hunter claims Dura-Touch Armor Coating on Browning Arms Co. degrades over time

ABERDEEN, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A Mississippi hunter claims that a coating used on a brand of firearms was misrepresented as durable and suitable for use in all weather conditions.

Law firm sues Mississippi law firms, individuals over alleged fraud

A law firm is suing Barry Wade Gilmer, Gilmer Law Firm PLLC, Thomas M. Matthews III, Seth C. Little and Matthews & Matthews PLLC, citing alleged breach of duty and fraud.

Federal government and Iowa, Mississippi and Montana say DuPont-Dow merger violates Clayton Act

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The federal government and several states are suing The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, alleging the proposed merger between the two companies would violate federal law.

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

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

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. SC rules med-mal plaintiff needed expert to testify

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Defendants in a medical malpractice claim have won their appeal at the Mississippi Supreme Court, as the court ruled May 4 that the plaintiff failed to support his claims with expert testimony.

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

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.

Mississippi SC upholds ruling in Winn-Dixie injury case

On March 30, in a 5-to-4 decision, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed a lower court's ruling in plaintiff Cynthia Kuljis' case against Winn-Dixie Montgomery LLC.

Mississippi SC boots lawsuit over La. incident to plaintiff's home county

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - A Georgia man suing a Missouri-based railroad for a work-related injury has been granted legal right to pursue the case in his home county after the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that preserving plain language, simplicity of law and less complex litigation had precedent.

Miss. SC rules against Pioneer Community Hospital in wrongful death suit

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital can move forward after determining that the state’s savings statute for minors applies to the complaint.

Miss. Supreme Court rules in favor of insurance companies in couple's appeal

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A couple have lost their appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court against two insurance companies in an attempt to assert rights to additional payments in a loss-of-consortium suit.