VOL. XV, NO. 6
1/7/97 - 1/20/97
by David Underhill
When a case goes wrong in court it's usually the client who has to pay a settlement, or pay a fine, or go to jail - not the lawyer. But that's what happened to Larry D. Simpson last month at Mobile Government Plaza.
He was representing a man in a divorce proceeding before judge Rosemary deJuan Chambers. She and the opposing counsel questioned his credentials as a lawyer. Simpson's answers didn't please them. He was arrested, handcuffed, fingerprinted, mug shot, and booked on a charge of practicing law without a license. A few days later Jerry H. Pogue was also arrested. (...Full Story)
by Neil S. Milligan
"You are not welcome here" was the overwhelming sentiment a month ago when the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held an open meeting in Pascagoula. The purpose of the meeting was to accept public comments on a permit application submitted by Canada-based hazardous-waste handlers OSCO/Laidlaw. OSCO/Laidlaw already operates 55 hazardous-waste facilities in 23 states. The company proposes to build a facility for treating aqueous hazardous wastes in the Bayou Cassotte vicinity, near where Chevron, Mississippi Phosphates, and First Chemical have existing operations, an area called the Stennis Industrial Park. Tellingly, none of these companies already present at the site are in favor of Laidlaw as their neighbor. (...Full Story)
by Edmund Tsang
On December 9, U.S. District Judge Alex T. Howard, Jr. issued an order stating that the parties to a third lawsuit alleging housing discrimination by Mitchell Brothers, Inc. (MBI) and its senior officers has been settled.
MBI has settled two earlier lawsuits in 1996 - Lowman et al vs. MBI, a class- action lawsuit settled for $1.7 million, and Diane Hall vs. MBI, in which the plaintiff alleges sexual harassment and housing discrimination. And, with the sale of all its apartment units on July 31, 1996, MBI has perhaps closed the book on charges of housing discrimination.
The final case, Jamie Craft vs. MBI, in which Craft alleges that she was fired from her position as manager of Ashford Place because she informed a MBI executive, James Spafford, that she would not follow the company policy of discriminating minorities in renting properties, was settled literally at the last hour on the turn of the cards. (...Full Story)