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March 4th, 2016

Lawsuit Connecting Plaintiffs’ Law Firm and Miss. AG’s Office in Kickback Scheme Ordered Unsealed

A lawsuit by a former partner alleging that a prominent Mississippi plaintiffs’ firm engaged in a kickback scheme to secure work through state Attorney General Jim Hood’s office has been ordered unsealed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. . . . → Read More: Lawsuit Connecting Plaintiffs’ Law Firm and Miss. AG’s Office in Kickback Scheme Ordered Unsealed

March 1st, 2013

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Mississippi’s Million-Dollar Limit on ‘Pain and Suffering’ Awards

In a victory for reasonableness, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this week upheld Mississippi’s $1 million limit on awards for non-economic damages . . . → Read More: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Mississippi’s Million-Dollar Limit on ‘Pain and Suffering’ Awards

May 25th, 2012

Another Loss for Mississippi AG Jim Hood

Just days after a related good-government reform bill he fought tooth-and-nail was signed into law, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood got more bad news in the form of a state supreme court decision . . . → Read More: Another Loss for Mississippi AG Jim Hood

May 23rd, 2012

ATRA Lauds Mississippi’s ‘Sunshine Act’

Mississippi has now enacted a reform law that will keep present and future attorneys general and other state officials from hiring their friends and political supporters to do legal work without appropriate scrutiny and accountability . . . → Read More: ATRA Lauds Mississippi’s ‘Sunshine Act’

May 2nd, 2012

Good News, Bad News from Mississippi Courts

First the good news. Last week a jury ruled in favor of Union Carbide, the defendant in an asbestos lawsuit that once resulted in a $322 million verdict, the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history. . . . → Read More: Good News, Bad News from Mississippi Courts

March 28th, 2012

Back to His Old Pay-to-Play Ways? Mississippi AG Angers Lawmakers with Latest Outside Counsel Hire

After recently asking his political supporters to help him block pending state legislation that would cramp his pay-to-play style, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has stepped in it real good with his latest closed-door hiring of outside counsel, according to Magnolia State media folk . . . → Read More: Back to His Old Pay-to-Play Ways? Mississippi AG Angers Lawmakers with Latest Outside Counsel Hire

March 1st, 2012

ATRA Urges Mississippi AG to Debate ‘Sunshine Bill’ Honestly

Having read what he felt was a misleading campaign email sent yesterday by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, ATRA’s communications director today emailed the AG, urging him to be more “forthright” in debating the merits of the so-called Sunshine Bill, recently passed in the Mississippi House . . . → Read More: ATRA Urges Mississippi AG to Debate ‘Sunshine Bill’ Honestly

January 20th, 2012

Record Asbestos Verdict in Mississippi Thrown Out

The $322 million verdict in a Mississippi case that would have been “as funny as ‘My Cousin Vinny’ if it weren’t for [the] terribly negative impact on the Magnolia State’s efforts to compete in attracting businesses and jobs” has been thrown out. . . . → Read More: Record Asbestos Verdict in Mississippi Thrown Out

October 7th, 2011

State High Court Removes ‘Automatic Hellhole’ Judge from Asbestos Case in Mississippi

Mississippi’s supreme court yesterday issued a unanimous order that removes a biased trial judge from further involvement with a record-setting asbestos case . . . → Read More: State High Court Removes ‘Automatic Hellhole’ Judge from Asbestos Case in Mississippi

July 29th, 2011

Reasonable Limit on ‘Pain & Suffering’ Awards Working in Mississippi

A new study shows that meritless medical malpractice litigation in Mississippi has been reined in considerably by 2003 tort reforms, including the limiting of pain and suffering awards. . . . → Read More: Reasonable Limit on ‘Pain & Suffering’ Awards Working in Mississippi

July 15th, 2011

State High Court Puts Mississippi’s ‘Automatic Hellhole’ Case on Hold

Mississippi’s Supreme Court has ordered a stop to all proceedings in an asbestos case that resulted in a record $322 million verdict last May. . . . → Read More: State High Court Puts Mississippi’s ‘Automatic Hellhole’ Case on Hold

May 10th, 2011

Automatic ‘Hellhole’

By virtue of a single verdict, rural Smith County, Mississippi has vaulted itself into contention for being named a Judicial Hellhole . . . → Read More: Automatic ‘Hellhole’

April 12th, 2011

ATRA Again Urges Stiff Discipline for Two Asbestos Fraud Lawyers in Mississippi

To the Mississippi Bar’s credit, it has leveled a serious disciplinary complaint against two personal injury lawyers found liable last year for civil fraud in connection with asbestos lawsuits. Now, as a special tribunal prepares to hear their defense, ATRA renews its call for stiff discipline. . . . → Read More: ATRA Again Urges Stiff Discipline for Two Asbestos Fraud Lawyers in Mississippi