Fall Issue of The Quarterly is Now Available

The 2016 Fall Issue of The Quarterly is now available under the “Publications” tab. This issue features: The Joint Seminar of MS Claims Association and MDLA – November 4, 2016 at the Table 100 Conference Center in Flowood Funding Litigation and Treatment Employee Theft of Trade Secrets A Casino’s Cheat Sheet to Mississippi Law OFCCP…

MDLA Expert Witness Listing Now Available

We invite members to go to the Publications / Experts tab, enter the MDLA password, and journey through a list of prominent experts in a variety of fields. This resource has been added as a benefit to membership in the MDLA, and our hope is that this listing will expand to include more experts, CVs, and…

Amicus Victory for MDLA – Employment Law

In July, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and refused to expand Mississippi’s employment “at will” exception when the employee was a willing participant in the alleged wrongful activity.  The Supreme Court noted the MDLA’s amicus brief on the issue in ruling in favor of our position. On March 2, 2015, the MDLA filed a…

Request for Admission Denials Not Proper Summary Judgment Evidence

In Hill v. City of Horn Lake, the Mississippi Supreme Court announced an obscure civil procedure point.  The Court refused to accept a denial to a request for admission as proper summary judgment evidence.  The Court explained that only matters “admitted” are imbued with the special, conclusive treatment under Rule 36.  Therefore, the Court surmised, denials were not deserving…

Consolidation of Two MVAs for Both Contributing to Injury?

A defendant in Grenada County has filed an interlocutory appeal presenting a consolidation issue. In August of 2012, Ronnie Willis filed a lawsuit against two defendants, Lindsay S. Taylor and Bennie Bailey, over two separate auto accidents. The one involving Taylor occurred on May 10, 2011 and the second, involving Bailey, occurred on September 9, 2011.  …

Mississippi Creates Mini-MDLs (Really, MCLs)

Mississippi created mini-MDLs or more appropriately, mini-MCLs.  The Mississippi Supreme Court amended Rule 42 of the Rules of Civil Procedure on September 25, 2014. The Court added a new section designed to permit the consolidation of similar cases with similar facts that are pending in counties that are within a single judicial district (either chancery…