While Mississippi has passed some important tort reforms over the years, it ranked #44 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. The state scored 49th in the key element category of scientific and technical evidence, 45th in trial judges impartiality, and 45th in its treatment of class action suits and mass consolidation suits.

Mississippi at a Glance

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. U.S. Chamber Urges Mississippi House to Pass Bill to Rein in State Attorney General Hiring of Outside Plaintiffs' Lawyers

    February 29, 2016 | Press Release

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  5. 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

  6. In the News Today - November 5, 2015

    November 05, 2015 | News and Blog

    Oil Spill Fraud Defendant Was Also Convicted in Fen-Phen Fraud Case: A sixth defendant in a $2.3 billion Gulf oil spill fraud case in Mississippi was also convicted ten years ago "for providing false names for claims against the manufacturer of the diet drug Fen-Phen." That defendant, Gregory Warren, was arraigned this week on charges related to the ongoing fallout from the indictment of well-known plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts. Watts was recently indicted in Mississippi "on 95 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and aggravated identity theft," arising out of the oil spill settlement litigation. (Biloxi Sun-Herald)... Read More

  7. In the News Today - October 30, 2015

    October 30, 2015 | News and Blog

    Transocean Ltd., the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill, has reached a settlement that has led to the dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas agains the company. Alabama reportedly will receive $20 million from the settlement; Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi's amount has not yet been released. (Wall Street Journal)... Read More

  8. Survey: Mississippi Lawsuit Climate Makes Big Gains

    September 10, 2015 | Press Release

    State's Rank Jumps Five Slots; Now at an All-Time High... Read More

  9. Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

    September 10, 2015 | Press Release

    New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot... Read More

  10. Plaintiffs' Firm "Strengthening Relationships With State AGs, Earning Millions"

    April 22, 2015 | News and Blog

    Plaintiffs' firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll donated more than $70,000 to numerous state attorney general campaigns since 2010, reports Legal Newsline.... Read More