Articles by Jack Elliott Jr.

Prisoner Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Mississippi High Court Rules

A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie …

Mississippi Extends Trade Secret Protections for Research

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state’s Open Records Act before the research is published. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 116, …

Mississippi Court Hears If Exxon Liable for Land Depreciation Caused By Alligators

The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corp. over an alleged alligator infestation. Justices heard oral arguments Tuesday. The dispute involves more than 80 alligators that Tom Christmas and his wife argue …

Mississippi Navy SEAL Wrongful Death Case to Be Heard

A jury in DeSoto County will hear the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a Navy SEAL killed during a training exercise at a northwest Mississippi shooting range. Petty Officer 2nd Class Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr. was killed in …

Mississippi Jury to Hear Navy SEAL Wrongful Death Suit

A jury in Mississippi’s DeSoto County will hear the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a Navy SEAL killed during a training exercise at a northwest Mississippi shooting range. Petty Officer 2nd Class Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr. was killed …

Mississippi Asbestos Ruling Throws Out Product Liability Standard

Union Carbide Corp. has until Jan. 27 to file a motion asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to review an unfavorable ruling in an asbestos case. The Supreme Court on Dec. 12 overruled a Smith County judge who threw out a …

Union Carbide Faces Deadline to File for Asbestos Case Rehearing in Mississippi

Union Carbide Corporation has until Jan. 27 to file a motion asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to review an unfavorable ruling in an asbestos case. The Supreme Court on Dec. 12 overruled a Smith County judge who threw out a …

Mississippi Homeowners Renew Lawsuit Against Exxon Over Alligators

Tom Christmas and his wife argue that they didn’t discover the 84-plus alligators on land next to their homestead until four years after they bought the property in southwest Mississippi. ExxonMobil Corp. counters that the Christmases’ real estate agent told …

Texaco Disputes $17 Million Mississippi Claim Over Children’s Disabilities

Attorneys for Texaco Inc. argued this week that no evidence showed the oil company was responsible for ailments of children born to five women who claimed they were exposed to leaded gasoline fumes. Texaco, now part of Chevron, asked the …

Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds Funeral Policy Restriction

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled the there was nothing improper about pre-need funeral services contracts written by Waller Funeral Home that forbid their transfer to another provider. Coleman Funeral Home had challenged the prohibition, losing in Lafayette County Circuit …