Oral argument – Miss.S.Ct. – Tuesday, Nov., 18, 2014

Dependable Abrasives v. Richard Pierce – this is a silica case.  Pierce was a sandblaster for 16 years and has been diagnosed with silicosis.  He  filed suit against various manufacturers/ suppliers of silica-containing blasting sand and manufacturers of respirators designed to protect the wearer. Before trial, all defendants were dismissed other than Dependable Abrasives and…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – Nov. 13, 2014

Rebecca Jones v. State –  evidence of defendant’s past drug use –  Rebecca was convicted in the murder of her mother.  Her defense was that her mother Jane  saw the gun Rebecca kept in her purse and lunged for it; the two fought over the gun, and it accidentally discharged twice during the struggle.  Rebecca raises sufficiency of…

Oral arguments set for Wed., Nov. 12, 2014

At  10:00 a.m.  in the Mississippi Supreme Court. Melanie Bosarge v. LWC Properties – this is an appeal from a grant of summary judgment to LWC Properties.  Melanie Bosarge and Larry Cooper decided to open a hotel in Ocean Springs and formed a company, Indian Head, for that purpose.  They found a property they wanted…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – Nov. 6, 2014

 Dr. Charles Brent v. Vennit B. Mathis, II – children cannot claim alienation of affections – . Venn and Nicole were married for five years (2005 to 2010) and had two children. At some point, Nicole had a “brief romantic relationship” with Dr. Brent. Venn has sued Dr. Brent for alienation of affections and intentional infliction emotional…

Oxford, Miss. – is this who you want as a judge?

Ok, denizens of whatever circuit court district Lafayette County happens to be in, you voted in sufficient numbers for Shirley Byers to make the run-off.  Here’s her website. In it she states “I am the only candidate with circuit court experience as a sitting judge.  I have extensive judicial training having graduated from the National…

Decisions – Miss.Ct. App. – Nov. 4, 2014 – part 3

Bobby Settlemires v. Capital City Insurance Co. – presumption of total loss of scheduled member – Bobby Settlemires seriously injured his left leg in an on-the-job injury in September  2008.  Capital City Insurance Company admitted the injury was work-related but denied Settlemires was permanently disabled. The AJ awarded Settlemires 87.5 weeks of permanent partial disability benefits for the fifty percent…

Decisions – Miss.Ct. App. – Nov. 4, 2014 – part 2

Zelma Johnson v. Miss.Dep’t of Employment Security – unemployment/allegation of insubordination – Johnson had been employed with Washington County’s  “Head Start” program for 38 years  until she was fired in September  2012, for insubordination. The Employer claims Johnson repeatedly refused to follow an order to transfer a special needs child from a 3-year-olds’ class to a class for…