Attorney General Jim Hood

The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday on Thursday’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision that legal fees paid to private attorneys hired by Attorney General Jim Hood are public funds. The Court reversed two Hinds County judges who ruled that the attorney fees could be paid straight to the private attorneys.

Both the plaintiff in the case (State auditor Stacey Pickering) and

Mississippi had two big wins recently in civil litigation headed by Attorney General Jim Hood.

Mississippi Recover $8.1 Million in Tobacco Litigation

A couple of weeks ago, Jackson County Chancery Judge Jaye Bradley ordered R.J. Reynolds to pay the State over $8.1 million based on the company under paying the State in money owed from the 1997 tobacco settlement. Here

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ran this editorial tilted “Mississippi Justice on Email”. The article makes a poor attempt to connect the Scruggs State Farm litigation to Attorney General Jim Hood’s request to Congress that it rewrite federal law to allow Mississippi to sue Gulf Oil Spill companies in state court. In attempting to make a connection

Today’s Wall Street Journal contained an article on plans that states have to recover oil spill related losses from BP. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood seems to have a handle on the scope of the possible litigation:

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has sought advice from state university researchers, economists and lawyers to assess the