Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Comments on the Latest Developments in Mississippi Civil Litigation

Philip is a trial attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi with a diverse civil litigation practice.

Category Archives: National Politics

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I Feel For Trump’s Lawyers

Posted in National Politics
Last week, electoral vote.com noted that top law firms were refusing to represent President Trump. That’s smart. Trump is the worst kind of client. First, he doesn’t listen to his lawyers. Second, he does crazy stuff like gets mad and spouts off that he is willing to testify under oath to special counsel Robert Mueller.… Continue Reading

Will Filling Judge Jolly’s Fifth Circuit Seat Create a Domino Effect?

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
I recently had an interesting conversation about the potential domino effect that could be created by the President’s nomination to fill the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals seat held by Judge Grady Jolly, who will retire in October. Everyone I’ve talked to expects the nominee to be a current District Court judge. If so, that… Continue Reading

Merrick Garland to FBI?

Posted in National Politics
Let me get this straight. Judge Merrick Garland will resign a lifetime appointment on the premier U.S. Court of Appeals to take a job working for a wingnut who is used to firing at least one contestant employee per week? If he’s dumb enough to do that, then he didn’t need to be on the… Continue Reading

Federal Tort Reform on the Horizon?

Posted in National Politics, Tort Reform
The Washington Post reported last week on Republican efforts to pass federal tort reform in Congress. Proponents of the bills espouse the same untrue talking points that the Chamber has been saying for over a decade. The bill that is getting the most attention is one that would cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases… Continue Reading

Arbitration Reform is Toast

Posted in National Politics, Tort Reform, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
When I last talked about the ban of arbitration clauses in nursing home admission agreements, the political climate suggested that this was a first step in broader reform of consumer arbitration. What a difference a few weeks makes. As reported by the ABA last week, on Monday District Judge Mike Mills entered a preliminary injunction… Continue Reading

A Civil Litigator’s Take on the Comey Letters to Congress Regarding Clinton Emails

Posted in National Politics
FBI Director James Comey’s letters to Congress regarding the ‘new’ Hillary Clinton emails sucked. Let me explain. I’ve done a bit of email discovery in my practice. It can be rewarding when you put together a complicated case by organizing the emails into a chronology. Occasionally, you will find a ‘smoking gun’ email. Usually, however,… Continue Reading

Governor Bryant Makes Incoherent Rigged Election Claim

Posted in National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant was on the radio Monday agreeing with Donald Trump’s claim that the presidential election is ‘rigged.’ From Adam Gancheau’s article on Mississippi Today: “The election is rigged,” Bryant said. “Any Republican has to have an overwhelming majority of the vote. And, of course, as it has been designed, as we look… Continue Reading

Is Trump in it to Win it?

Posted in National Politics
This morning Electoral Vote.com mentioned a question that has been on my mind for a few days: is Donald Trump trying to lose? Let’s look at some of Trump’s bizarre moves lately: calling Bernie Sanders crazy as a bedbug; calling Elizabeth Warren Pochantas; blasting a federal judge over his Mexican heritage; suggesting President Obama is… Continue Reading

Debra Brown’s Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting Set for Wednesday

Posted in National Politics, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Jackson attorney Debra Brown’s committee hearing for Wednesday July 10, 2013 in the Senate Office Building. Here is the notice. There will be a webcast of the hearing available at the above linked site. The hearing should be a breeze for Brown with an endorsing introduction by Senator… Continue Reading

Jackson Attorney Debra Brown Nominated for U.S. District Judge

Posted in National Politics, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
On Thursday President Obama nominated Jackson attorney Debra Brown to fill the vacant judgeship in the Northern District of Mississippi. Here is the press release: WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama nominated Debra M. Brown, Pamela L. Reeves and Elizabeth A. Wolford for District Court judgeships.  “These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and… Continue Reading

Obama Claims Senate Republicans Not Sporting on Judicial Nomination Process

Posted in National Politics, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Jennifer Bendery at the Huffington Post had this interesting article last week about President Obama’s attempts to fill federal judge seats. The article explains how appointments are usually made: The process for moving judicial nominees is simple enough. A president takes the lead on circuit court nominees, while, per longstanding tradition, a senator kickstarts the… Continue Reading

Two Female Jackson Attorneys May Be in Running for Open U.S. District Judgeship

Posted in National Politics, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Patsy Brumfield with  the Daily Journal reported Monday that two new names have surfaced as possible candidates for the open U.S. District Court judgeship in North Mississippi. The article mentions Debra Brown of Wise Carter and La’Verne Edney of Baker Donelson as possible nominees. Both are African-American females who have been practicing since the mid-1990’s.… Continue Reading

President Obama Continues to Ass Off on Filling Judicial Vacancies

Posted in National Politics, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
The Los Angeles Times ran this article on Sunday titled “Obama struggles to nominate, confirm federal judges.” It reads like a re-run. The same article could have been written 3 years ago. The byline of the article accurately states the delay in filling vacancies: “Obama has been slow to nominate judges and Senate Republicans even… Continue Reading