Articles by Holbrook Mohr

Lawsuit Alleges Mississippi Health Center Negligent in Sexual Abuse

A woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a central Mississippi mental health facility failed to protect her 11-year-old son from being sexually abused by a nurse while he was a patient. The lawsuit says Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare of Mississippi, …

Judge Dismisses Faulkner Estate’s Copyright Claim Against Woody Allen Movie

A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights LLC sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October in U.S. …

Mississippi City’s Pitbull Ban Faces Court Challenge

A pet owner has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a central Mississippi city’s ban on pit bull dogs. The city of Richland, a Jackson suburb of about 7,000 residents, passed an ordinance in April 2006 that bans American Pit Bull …

Mississippi Man Run Over by Lawnmower Sues Manufacturer

A lawsuit in Mississippi says a man was seriously injured after he was attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets, jumped off his riding lawnmower and was run over by the machine. Everardo Garfias claims a cut-off switch should have …

Court Upholds Mississippi Attorney Scruggs’ Corruption Conviction

A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, one of Mississippi’s most prominent attorneys before going to prison on judicial corruption charges. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Scruggs’ …

Insurers Handling Claims from Southeast Hail Storms

Several southern states are cleaning up after powerful winds and massive hail hammered the region. Hundreds of claims are pouring in to insurance companies in Mississippi, an early indication of the widespread damage left behind by a hail storm that …

Coast Guard Battles Oil Spill Cleanup, Traffic Demands on Mississippi River

The Coast Guard let vessels pass through a closed section of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg as it evaluates how traffic would affect efforts to remove and clean up oil from a leaking barge, a Guard spokesman said. Chief Petty …

Massachusetts Pharmacy Settled Meningitis Death Lawsuit in 2004

Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man’s death in 2004. Earlier this summer, a separate pharmaceutical firm with common …

Mississippi Ending 11-Year Old Insurance Fraud Case Involving Frankel

Mississippi officials are dropping the remnants of an 11-year-old lawsuit after collecting as much money as they think they can get in reparations for insurance fraud by a convicted financier who claimed Vatican ties. Attorneys for Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike …

Mississippi Court Rules Wal-Mart Not Liable in Gun Ammo Sale to Underage Shooter

If a store sells ammunition to an underage person who uses the bullets to kill someone, is the retailer responsible? Not necessarily, according to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The court ruled 5-4 this week in favor of Wal-Mart. The lawsuit …