Decisions – COA- Jan. 10, 2017

Kim Marie Gwathney v. Gary Joe Gwathney  – cruel and inhuman treatment divorce – Kim and Gary were married for five years when, in 2012, Kim filed for divorce based on cruel and inhumane treatment. She claims that he had assaulted her approximately 15 times. The trial court denied the divorce finding that there was a…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – Jan. 5, 2017

  A. Randall Harris v. State of Mississippi – contempt –   In 2015 Judge Jeff Weill removed public defender Allison Kelly from cases in his courtroom.  Harris was appointed to take over the defense of Cameron Travelsted.  The Miss.S.Ct. ended up  lifting Judge Weill’s blanket ban against Kelly but refused to automatically reassign all…

Decisions – COA – Jan. 3, 2017

  Marci Sklar Teal v. Elaine Jones – alienation of affections – John and Marci were married in December 2005. John was a convicted felon who was on probation during his relationship with Marci.   John worked as a boat captain and was home for only a few weeks out of the year.  John asked Marci…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – Dec. 15, 2016

The Court adopts new rules of criminal procedure that will be effective as of July 1, 2017. Aubrey Mitchell, Individually and on Behalf of All The Heirs at Law and Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Devin R. Mitchell, Deceased, and Myrtle Mitchell, Individually and as the Natural Mother and Next Friend of Aubreonna D. Mitchell, a…

Oral arg. – COA – Dec. 15, 2016

At 10:00 the COA will hear DHealthcare Consultants v. Jefferson County Hospital. DHealthcare was hired to perform services for the hospitalk.  When the Hospital unilaterally terminated the contract, DHealthcare sued. The trial court found the contract unenforceable because it wasn’t spread in the Board of Trustees’  minutes.  dhealthcare-brief jch-brief dhealthcare-reply Watch the argument here.  …

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Dec. 14, 2016

At 1:30 the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the silica case of  American Optical v. Robert Lee Rankin, Jr. In 2013,  Rankin filed suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against 21 companies, including American Optical, for damages associated with lung disease allegedly caused by exposure to respirable silica. American Optical was accused of manufacturing defective…

Decisions – COA – Dec. 13, 2016 – part 2

  Melissa Langley, Wife of Joe (Joey) Langley, Deceased, Dakota Langley, Colton Langley and Harley Langley v. Waddle Trucking, LLC and Dallas National Insurance Company – workers comp. – Joe Langley died of a heart attack while driving an eighteen-wheeler for his employer, Waddle Trucking LLC. The medical examiner’s certificate stated that the immediate cause of death…