Mississippi Supreme Court News

Mississippi Court Grants Appeal in ‘King Of Torts’ Case

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated the appeal of a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. In 2011, FBI agent …

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 …

Court Invalidates Sex Harassment Award to Southern Mississippi Coaches

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled against three former University of Southern Mississippi soccer coaches who claimed sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. The Hattiesburg American reported that the ruling reversed a 2008 Forrest County Circuit verdict that awarded a total …

Federal Court Seeks Rebriefing on Mississippi Damages Cap

A federal appeals court has asked parties involved in a personal injury lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages to re-brief the issue. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans filed the …

Mississippi Court Hears Challenge to Death Certificate As Evidence in Accident

Prosecutors have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to reinstate the conviction of Jeffrey Dale Beecham, who won a new trial because the state failed to offer testimony to authenticate a death certificate in a fatal DUI case. Special Assistant Attorney …

Mississippi Court to Hear Case on Pre-Need Funeral Policy Transfers

The Mississippi Supreme Court was to hear arguments this week in a lawsuit filed over the portability of pre-need funeral policies. At issue is whether under Mississippi law such a policy, contracted with one funeral home, is transferable to another. …

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 …

Mississippi High Court OKs New Trial in Asbestos Case

The Mississippi Supreme Court has let stand an order for a new trial in a workplace asbestos exposure case in which a Jones County man was awarded $15.2 million. The court denied a request from Troy Lofton to reconsider its …

Mississippi High Court Declines to Rule on State’s Damages Cap

The Mississippi Supreme Court says it does not have enough information to decide whether the state’s limit on non-economic damages — as applied to a federal lawsuit — is constitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, …

Mississippi Supreme Court Orders Trial in Car-Horse Accident

The Mississippi Supreme Court has order a trial in a lawsuit over a George County accident involving a car and a horse. The personal-injury case involved a 2008 automobile collision between Diana Ladnier and Diego, a horse owned by Joseph …