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…

Oral Argument on Damage Caps Canceled

Oral arguments were scheduled for 10am Wednesday, September 24, 2014 on the Constitutionality of Mississippi’s caps on non-economic damages awards.  The case was Carter v. Interstate Realty Management out of Coahoma County.  It involved the death of a child in an apartment fire.  The jury verdict was approximately $7.5 Million, $6.5 Million was non-economic damages. …

A Warning Sign

warningsign Amusing warning sign from Wisconsin.  Reminds me of one of those tidbits you learn when you start working at a law firm – “assume every letter you write will be an Exhibit one day.”

By Brad Best

Use of Facebook at Trial

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently addressed the use of Facebook messages at trial in SMITH v. STATE, NO. 2012-CT-00218-SCT. The question arose as to if the specific page was in fact posted by who the page said or fake. In the court’s words, was the particular page and its information ‘authentic’? The court noted that…