Decisions – COA – Nov. 24, 2015

The COA had a long  hand down the week of Thanksgiving which I have not been able to summarize before now because of a million holiday and animal-related things.  The summaries are more summary-like than usual. John Layton, Jr. v. Amanda Layton – husband challenges equitable distribution in divorce.  COA affirms. Christopher Edward Thomas v.…

Decisions -Miss. S.Ct. – Nov. 19, 2015

Wellness, Inc. v. Pearl River County Hospital  –  arbitration – Wellness is a company that provides “modular-type rooms that are typically installed in existing hospitals to make them more aesthetically pleasing, increase patient satisfaction and increase patient safety among other things.”   Wellness and PRCH entered into an agreement to retrofit twelve rooms in the Hospital with…

Oral arg. – COA – Nov. 19, 2015

At 1:00 (I originally wrote 1:30) the COA will hear the case of Deliah Colyer v. First United Church of New Albany  This is a wrongful death suit involving the drowning death of 17 year old Marshuan Braxton.  In June 2009 Braxton was on a mission trip to Costa Rica to construct a church. Braxton…

Decisions – COA – Nov. 17, 2015

Willie B. Taylor v. State –  receiving stolen goods – Taylor was convicted of receiving stolen goods after he was found driving a stolen pick up.  On appeal he argues that the court erred in admitting a photo showing damage to the truck when he sustained an objection to the photo but then allowed it…

Oral arg. – COA- Nov. 18, 2015

At 1:30 the Court will hear the case of Michael and Amy Ward v. Carolyn Harrell.   The two sides in this case both claim to own the mineral rights to a five acre parcel in Madison. The parcel was conveyed to James L. Harrell and his first wife, Elizabeth Harrell, as joint tenants in 1969.…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Nov. 18, 2015

At 10:30 the Miss.S.Ct. will hear the City of Tchula and the City of Port Gibson v. The Miss. Public Service Comm’n.  Both Tchula and Post Gibson argue that  their municipal gas systems  which were built prior to gas to the effective date of the Mississippi Public Utilities Act, March 29, 1956, are exempt from regulation…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Nov. 17, 2015

At 10:30 the Court will hear arguments in MDOC v. The MacArthur Justice Center  The MacArthur Justice Center filed suit against MDOC seeking information  pursuant to the Public Records Act regarding the drugs used to kill inmates sentened to death by lethal injection.  MDOC argued that this information was privileged and confidential.  The chancellor ruled…