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This post looks at PERS’ investment allocation. The chart below lists PERS’ target allocation for each asset class, return, and the allocations four years ago and today. Asset class Target allocation 1 year return 10 year return 12/31/14 allocation 12/31/18 allocation U.S. equities 27% -5.68% 13.2% 35.80% 25.51% Foreign equities 22% -7.38% 7.25% 21.51% 20.67% Global equities 12% -7.38% 9.83% 6.03% 11.58% Fixed income 20% -.05% 5.1% 20.63% 20.85% Real estate 10% 7.25% 8.12% 10.22%…
This recent news about the comptroller of a New Orleans law firm stealing $2 million from the firm reminded me how common employee embezzlement is in the legal industry. I have several friends over the years who were victims of employee embezzlement. Invariably, it was the last employee they would have suspected who was doing the stealing. I mean that literally. The embezzling employees seemed exceptionally trustworthy. Maybe that’s what gave them the confidence to…
The Mississippi Bar’s Technology Committee will hold its biannual CLE on April 16 at the Hilton on County Line Road in Jackson. This is a great CLE that I highly recommend for all lawyers and legal assistants. This CLE is for legal professionals who want to make their practice and life easier. It’s also for professionals who want to reduce overhead by implementing easy tech. solutions that will save money. Big firm lawyers may think…
Most Michael Cohen/ Donald Trump stories call Cohen Trump’s former fixer. That worries me. If there’s anything solo and small firm lawyers don’t need, it’s more people calling wanting a lawyer to fix their problem. Most people aren’t Donald Trump. Regular people with regular problems have to fix their own problems. A lawyer can’t fix their problem. Here’s an example. Someone is building a house. Their tile guy botched the tile. They call me, wanting…
On February 15, 2019 a federal court jury in Gulfport rendered a total verdict of $4,170,172 in Woulard v. Greenwood Motor Lines. The case involved an 18-wheeler colliding with a car on I-10 in Jackson County. Here is the Complaint. Here is the Final Judgment. The jury apportioned 80% fault to the driver of the 18-wheeler. Economic damages were $2,670,172. Non-economic damages were $1.5 million. The court applied the $1 million cap on non-economic damages…
Here is a preview of the February 2019 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $2 million verdict- Hinds County car wreck case reported here (2/7/19); $968,000 verdict- George County uninsured motorist case (1/31/19); $2.5 million verdict (15% fault)- Hinds County medical malpractice verdict reported here (1/18/19); $350,000 verdict- Jackson federal court civil rights verdict reported here (1/16/19); historic Mississippi jury verdicts- there is an interesting section on a 1984 Holmes County verdict and 1971…
Tate Reeves should be the one having a good time in Washington, D.C. today. He should have taken the appointment to replace Thad Cochran and fought off Mike Espy’s campaign in 2018. He should be in Washington learning, building relationships and biding his time. It might not be ideal, but it’s not too late. For the good of Mississippi, Tate Reeves should withdraw from the governor’s race and instead run for U.S. Senate in 2020.…
On February 11, 2019 a specially appointed Hinds County Chancellor (Judge James Bell) rendered a $55,000 verdict in Tyrone Lewis v. Lewis et al. You can view the Court’s ruling at this post on Jackson Jambalaya. JJ states: Former Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis won a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Tony Davis, and several other defendants in Hinds County Chancery Court yesterday. Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis sued in June 2015 for an…
On Thursday February 7, 2019, a Hinds County jury in Jackson returned a unanimous $2 million verdict for the plaintiff in Kirkland v. Barnett. Plaintiff Carole Kirkland alleged that Defendant Mary Judith “Judy” Barnett ran a red light at the intersection of Pascagoula and State Street in downtown Jackson causing their cars to violently collide.  Ms. Kirkland suffered a broken wrist and a knee injury that left her with a permanent impairment.  She presented proof of…
You Haven’t Heard the Truth About the “Landowners Protection Act” Guest post by: Shanda M. Yates[1] You have no doubt seen at least one article discussing the “Landowners Protection Act” which is pending before both the House and Senate.  But, if you aren’t a lawyer or one of the large corporate sponsors of the bill, have you paid attention?  Many supporters of the Act have gone out of their way to convince the public…