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Mississippi appeals abortion law ruling
August 14, 2014
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed an appeal Wednesday asking the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse a July ruling that a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the court found th....... [more]

Appeals court overturns law that would close Mississippi abortion clinic
July 30, 2014
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an abortion....... [more]

Mississippi governor signs ban on abortions after 20 weeks
April 24, 2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or as early as 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, passed earlier this month, allows for an exception to the ban if the woman faces death or permanent injury b....... [more]

Mississippi governor signs bill allowing businesses to refuse service for "religious reasons"
April 4, 2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday signed the controversial Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which prevents the state from taking any legislative action that would place a "substantial burden" on a person's exercise of religion. The law also requires a showing that t....... [more]

Mississippi lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban
April 3, 2014
The Mississippi Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that bans abortions from being performed beyond 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which grants an exception for cases where pregnancy would endanger the life of the mother but not for victims of ra....... [more]

Mississippi lawmakers approve 'religious freedom' bill
April 2, 2014
Mississippi lawmakers on Tuesday passed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, pursuant to which the state would be prohibited from taking action that "burdens" a citizen's right to religious exercise if Governor Phil Bryant signs the measure into law. The law defines "burden" as includ....... [more]

Mississippi Senate approves ban on abortions after 18 weeks
March 12, 2014
The Mississippi Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill that would ban abortions as early as 18 weeks. The House version of the bill that was passed last month would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Though the House bill calculated pregnancy as beginning when the embryo impla....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on statute of limitations in class actions
March 10, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc. to rule on the statute of limitations in class action suits. In American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah (1974) the court held that "the commencement of a class action suspen....... [more]

Mississippi House approves 20-week abortion ban
February 15, 2014
The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a measure on Thursday banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the legislation, the bill was introduced out of concern that a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks gestation. House member Andy Gipson, author of HB 1400, said the only ex....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on 'mass action' suit
January 14, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that the lawsuit in question is not a "mass action" suit under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005, reversing the previous holding of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. CAFA allows "mass action....... [more]

Right to Open Carry Correctly Affirmed in Mississippi
September 30, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist M. Reed Martz of Freeland Martz, PLLC discusses recent court decisions concerning a Mississippi legislative measure aimed at clairifying state gun possession laws...On July 1, 2013, Mississippi was set to clear up any ambiguity as to whether its Constitution of 1890 and statut....... [more]