Mississippi Supreme Court News

Settlement in Mississippi Damages Cap Case Avoids Supreme Court Test

The parties in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a legislatively imposed cap on how much juries can award in non-economic damages say they have settled the case. Oral arguments had been set for Wednesday in Jackson before the Mississippi …

Mississippi Supreme Court to Decide If Damages Cap Is Constitutional

The Mississippi Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a state judge’s ruling that a legislatively imposed cap on how much juries can award in non-economic damages is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Charles Webster in Coahoma County issued the ruling in …

Exxon Not Liable for Alligators in Mississippi Dump, Court Rules

Exxon Mobil Corp. isn’t responsible for alligators overrunning a rural dump site it owns in Mississippi, the state supreme court ruled, because the global oil explorer can’t control wild animals. The family that felt menaced by the scaly reptiles infesting …

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 …