Mississippi Class Action Lawsuits Proposal a Solution in Search of a Problem

Author: Harold Kim, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform | October 02, 2017 | News and Blog

Today, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) filed comments at the Mississippi Supreme Court against a petition to allow class action lawsuits in the state's courts. Quite simply, the proposal is a solution in search of a problem. Read More »

In the News Today - May 3, 2017

May 03, 2017 | News and Blog

Jim Hood, Mississippi's Attorney General, has entered into a contingency fee contract with Barry Thaggard May and Bailey LLP to sue a group of pharmaceutical companies, alleging they engaged in an "unlawful scheme" to force the state to pay for drugs that were not eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. Read More »

Mississippi Becomes Tenth State to Combat Asbestos Fraud

March 29, 2017 | News and Blog

Today, Mississippi legislature passed an asbestos trust transparency measure, H.B. 1426. Governor Phil Bryant is expected to sign the bill into law quickly. Mississippi will be the third state this year to enact needed asbestos reforms, following South Dakota and Iowa, joining a growing chorus of states taking action to combat fraud in the asbestos compensation system. Read More »

In the News Today - January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017 | News and Blog

Lisa Rickard, President of ILR, submitted a Letter to the Editor at the Hartford Business Journal relating to a recent article on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. "Consumers do not benefit from TCPA lawsuits, nor do small Connecticut firms. It's the plaintiffs' lawyers, who rake in millions of dollars in settlement fees in class-action cases." Read More »

Mississippi Legislature Makes Move to Rein in Attorney General's Excessive Hiring of Trial Lawyers

January 30, 2017 | News and Blog

With the Mississippi House passage of HB 555, the state has taken a bold step in providing much needed oversight for the hiring of outside counsel by the state attorney general. Read More »

In the News Today - January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 | News and Blog

The Mississippi House passed a bill this week that would require the attorney general to receive permission from a three-member board consisting of the state governor, the lieutenant governor, and the secretary of state, before hiring outside counsel to pursue litigation. Read More »

Federal Gov't Ban On Nursing Home Arbitration Blocked

November 08, 2016 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills of Mississippi temporarily blocked enforcement of the federal government's pending ban on arbitration in cases involving nursing homes, signaling serious doubts about the government's authority. Read More »

In the News Today - November 4, 2016

November 04, 2016 | News and Blog

Paul Newton Jr, a Mississippi attorney, filed a suit against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he claims to have choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru. Newton has recently decided not to pursue the matter citing "extreme comments" directed at his family. Read More »

Outgoing Louisiana AG's 'Buddy System' Highlighted

December 02, 2015 | News and Blog

The Louisiana Watchdog highlights outgoing Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's questionable use of outside private contingency counsel to sue companies on behalf of the state. Specifically, the report highlights Caldwell's use of private law firms in the Gulf oil spill litigation. Read More »