Mississippi Supreme Court News

Viewpoint: Vehicle Need Not Be in Motion for Accident to Occur, Miss. Supreme Ct. Rules

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in April, on first impression, that an automobile did not need to be in motion for an “auto accident” to occur. In Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. v. Powell, the court ruled that an …

Assault at Job Covered by Workers’ Comp, Mississippi Supreme Court Rules

A man gets assaulted at work by two co-workers. Is the man’s recourse for his injuries limited only to the exclusive remedy of the workers’ compensation system? The Mississippi Supreme Court this month said, “yes,” despite the employee’s claims of …

Mississippi High Court: Pilot Waited too Long to File Lawsuit Over Crash

The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2009 helicopter accident that left its pilot partially paralyzed. Justices ruled 6-2 last week that a proper complaint was not filed by Rob Hammons of Greenwood …

Mississippi High Court Refuses to Dismiss Katrina Claims Suit Against State Farm

The Mississippi Supreme Court won’t dismiss a state lawsuit against an insurer over Hurricane Katrina claims. The Sun Herald reports that Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against insurance giant State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. can go forward. The lawsuit …

Mississippi High Court Hears Appeal in Contract Worker Lawsuit

A worker is fighting one of Mississippi’s largest industries in a skirmish over who can be sued when employees suffer on-the-job injuries. The Mississippi Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments in a suit by Quindon Thomas against Chevron USA. Thomas was …

Mississippi High Court Upholds Insurance Scheme Conviction

The Mississippi Supreme Court declined Thursday to hear an appeal from Eric Jerome Boone, who is serving a five-year sentence on charges that he converted insurance premium payments to his personal use. Prosecutors say Boone, a former insurance agent in …

Mississippi Supreme Court Restores Former Alderman’s Workers’ Comp

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered the state Workers Compensation Commission to determine what benefits should be paid to former Ripley alderman Lonnie Smith. The Supreme Court rejected arguments, in a 6-3 decision Thursday, from Tippah Electric Power Association that …

Mississippi High Court Rules Prisoner Can Get Workers’ Comp

A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie …

Mississippi High Court Sends Back Navy SEAL’s Wrongful Death Case to Circuit Court

A jury in DeSoto County will hear the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a Navy SEAL killed during a training exercise at a northwest Mississippi shooting range. Petty Officer 2nd Class Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr. was killed …

Court to Review Workers’ Compensation Appeal

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a former Ripley alderman who lost both hands after being electrocuted. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that Lonnie Smith was working for the Tippah Electric Power Association when he came in contact …