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October 9, 2018

York Argues Before Fifth Circuit on Behalf of Pro Brono Client

Benton York represented an indigent prisoner seeking medical care at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The prisoner represented himself at the trial court, and the Fifth Circuit ordered that pro bono counsel be appointed for his appeal. As an approved member of the Fifth Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel, Benton was selected to handle the appeal. Benton drafted the appellate briefing and argued the appeal before the Fifth Circuit. The firm has numerous attorneys who served as appellate court clerks and is proud to provide legal services for indigent litigants through the multiple FormanWatkins attorneys who have been approved for the Fifth Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel.

September 25, 2018

Jackson Office Design Receives Awards for Excellence and Sustainable Design by IIDA

Forman Watkins & Krutz is honored to receive two awards for our Jackson office space and design in the International Interior Design Association’s 2018 IDEA Competition . We received the Sustainable Design award by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC): Forman Watkins & Krutz Law Office project by Wier Boerner Allin Architecture – the jury was delighted to see the use of renewable and reclaimed materials throughout the project from reclaimed timber to thoughtful renewable flooring materials. They also loved the way design elements intentionally integrated natural daylight and helped to define zones of transparency between the public and private zones of the office.” The Firm also received an Excellence Award in in the Corporate – Large 7,500+ sq ft category.

August 22, 2018

Forman Watkins Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce attorneys named to the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

August 8, 2018

Silica Team Won Summary Judgment in Hinds County on Behalf of Precision Packaging

On August 1, 2018, Judge Joseph Sclafani entered an Order granting Precision Packaging’s motion for summary in the Robert Tucker case pending in Hinds County, Mississippi. Plaintiff had two claims against Precision: (1) a failure to warn claim; and (2) a “sand is defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous” claim. Plaintiff conceded Precision’s summary judgment motion on plaintiff’s failure to warn claim because plaintiff admitted in his deposition that the did not read Precision’s warning. However, plaintiff vigorously pursued his defective design claim.

August 3, 2018

Forman Watkins & Krutz Silica Team Won Summary Judgment in Crittenden County, Arkansas

On June 22, the silica team of Forman Watkins and Krutz won summary judgment in Crittenden County, Arkansas. The plaintiff claimed he contracted silicosis as a result of his exposure to silica sand supplied by FormanWatkins’ client. The judge ruled that plaintiff did not prove he was ever exposed to defendant’s sand as a matter of law and dismissed plaintiff’s claims against our client with prejudice. The client was defended in this case by Fred Krutz, Brian Hannula, and Andrew Stubbs.

August 1, 2018

Employment Law Update: Summertime and Taking Leave Is Easy – August 2018

Summertime and Taking Leave Is Easy By: Malissa Wilson Summertime brings summer vacations and holidays.  However, for employers, it can also bring a pattern of Friday and Monday absenteeism by employees on intermittent leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or, perhaps in these instances, better referred to as the “Friday Monday Leave Act.”  Understandably, this pattern may raise the suspicion of an employer who questions the validity of the absence, but feels there is no recourse for fear of violating the FMLA.  However, employers, have no fear, there are ways to address the matter without running afoul of the FMLA. The FMLA allows eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for a specified family or medical reason with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.  Once it has been determined that an employee is eligible for leave under the FMLA, leave can be taken all at once or intermittently. It is intermittent leave that gives rise to the Friday/Monday absence pattern. Once an employee is certified for intermittent FMLA, an employer can request recertification every 30 days for pregnancy, chronic or permanent/long term conditions, none of which have a specified minimum duration of incapacity, provided the recertification is requested in connection with an absence and it is made on a “reasonable basis.”  If circumstances change significantly, or the employer receives information that cast doubt on the continuing validity of the certification, recertification […]