Chief Justice William Waller

On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and ruled that an airport authority’s negligence in placing stairs at the terminal is a discretionary policy decision. Here is the Court’s opinion in Pratt v. Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority.

The plaintiff in the case was attempting to board a plane when he slipped

Well, things certainly got interesting for Mississippi Supreme Court races Friday with two last minute qualifiers. State Representative Earl Banks qualified to run against Chief Justice William Waller and Hattiesburg attorney Tal Braddock qualified to run against Justice Mike Randolph. Oh, my! 

The Braddock candidacy will be the most talked about in legal circles. Not because Braddock

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice George Carlson will retire at the end of his current term. The term runs through 2012. Chief Justice Waller spoke glowingly of Justice Carlson:

Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. called Carlson “a tireless public servant whose life is characterized by hard work, attention to detail, fairness

On Thursday a unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court reversed and remanded a 2009 Rankin County defense verdict based on the trial court’s refusal to allow attorneys representing different wrongful death beneficiaries to separately question witnesses during trial. Here is the Court’s opinion in Dooley v. Byrd

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The case involved the death of two-year-old Jonathan Dooley, who was killed

On Thursday in Knight v. Woodfield the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that Mississippi’s long-arm statute covered a Louisiana resident who had an affair with a Mississippi resident. The ruling allows the perpetrator’s former spouse to maintain an alienation of affection lawsuit against the Louisiana resident. Here is the Court’s opinion.

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A Harrison County

On Thursday a divided (5–3) Miss. Supreme Court reversed and rendered in favor of the defense in Gardner Denver, Inc. v. Pittman. Here is the Court’s opinion, which Chief Justice Waller wrote. Justice Graves wrote a dissent joined by Justices Kitchens and Chandler.

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