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.

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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

Is Romney Running the Worst Campaign Ever?

Posted in National Politics
Note: I wrote the below post before yesterday’s revelation that Mitt Romney threw a hand grenade into his own foxhole. Forget the national polls. If national results counted, then Al Gore would have been president. If ESPN reported in-game football scores the way the media reports polls, it would report yardage instead of the score. "The Saints… Continue Reading

U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams to get U.S. District Judge Appointment

Posted in National Politics, Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Patsy Brumfield reported in the NEDJ last week that Northern District U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams will be appointed to replace the late Judge Allen Pepper in the Northern District. Adams would be Mississippi’s second female and third African-American district court judge. It has been a meteoric rise for Adams in the last four years. The… Continue Reading

Electoral-Vote.com is My Favorite Web Site Between Now and November Election

Posted in National Politics
Without question my favorite web site for the November presidential election is electoral-vote.com. Rather than focus on somewhat meaningless national polls, the site focuses on the electoral college math that will actually decide the election. The current standings: Obama–  332 Romney–  206. Romney has a lot of work to do. Much more than if you… Continue Reading

It Could Be a Long Wait to Fill Judge Allen Pepper’s District Judge Seat

Posted in National Politics, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Patsy Brumfield had a good article Sunday in the NEMS Daily Journal about the U.S. District Judge seat created by the sudden death of Judge Allen Pepper in January. Here is the article. The article reports that Judge Pepper’s case load has been absorbed by Judges Michael Mills and Sharion Aycock and Senior Judges Neal… Continue Reading