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July 15, 2019

Smith Appointed to Local Government Records Committee

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Ahmad Smith has been appointed to the Local Government Records Committee at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History!  The duty of the Local Government Records Committee is to approve, disapprove, amend, or modify records control schedules for municipalities, participating counties, and other local government entities for the disposition of records, based on administrative, legal, fiscal, or historical value.

July 1, 2019

Kapoor and White Win Pro Bono Criminal Trial

Jackson associates Sam Kapoor and Taylor White recently won a criminal trial in the youth court of Lafayette County, Mississippi.  Kapoor and White represented a minor charged with simple assault by threat.  After Kapoor and White put on the Youth Defendant’s case-in-chief, which involved the cross-examination of the victim, two police officers, and a detective, the Defense moved the Court for a directed verdict.  Finding the State failed to present sufficient evidence of subjective fear, an essential element of the charge of simple assault by threat, the Court granted their motion and directed a verdict in favor of the Youth Defendant.

June 11, 2019

FormanWatkins is Proud Sponsor of Bessie Young Council Summer Social

FormanWatkins is a proud sponsor of the Bessie Young Council Summer Social! The event will take place on Thursday, June 20, at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.  Come mingle and have a beverage with fellow students, law clerks, alumni, and Jackson’s top lawyers!  More details on the event can be found on the attached flyer.  We hope to see you there!

June 6, 2019

Employment Law Update: Failure to File Charge of Discrimination Is Not The Death Knell For A Discrimination Lawsuit

Failure to File Charge of Discrimination Is Not The Death Knell For A Discrimination Lawsuit  By:  Malissa Wilson & Sam Kapoor In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for employees to bypass filing a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before filing suit.  The Court unanimously decided, in Fort Bend County v. Davis, that Title VII’s charge-filing requirement is procedural and not jurisdictional. By making this finding, the Court for the first time made clear that federal courts have the authority to hear Title VII claims that are not the subject of a Charge of Discrimination, and that the charge-filing requirement could be waived by employers for failure to timely assert it as a defense. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlines a specific process for filing employment discrimination claims. Title VII instructs employees to file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC or equivalent state agency stating the specific claim(s) of discrimination before filing litigation in federal court. If the EEOC chooses not to sue or has not acted in response to the charge, employees have then “exhausted” their claims and may pursue them in federal court. In Davis, the employee filed a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC asserting sexual harassment and retaliation claims. While her charge was pending, she was fired for attending a church event.  On an EEOC intake form, she handwrote “religion” in an attempt to amend her charge to add an additional claim for religious discrimination based on her firing. After years of litigation, and with only the religious discrimination […]

June 5, 2019

Join FormanWatkins at the Mini Law School for HR Professionals Seminar

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie will be speakers at the upcoming Mini Law School for HR Professionals seminar.  This is a basic level seminar that will examine the current issues in human resource law for attorneys, Human Resources and financial professionals, and other business executives.  Malissa and Spencer would love for you to join them!

May 22, 2019

Toman and Diesa Win Summary Judgment in Asbestos Litigation

New Jersey partners Tom Toman and Nicole Diesa recently won a summary judgment motion in New Jersey asbestos litigation.  Despite a tentative decision to deny the motion, the Court eventually granted summary judgment and found that based upon a failure to establish causation, plaintiff could not submit a legally sufficient case against the manufacturer of electrical products represented by FormanWatkins.  Ms. Diesa wrote the winning briefs, and Mr. Toman gave the oral argument.

May 20, 2019

FormanWatkins Welcomes New Associate in New Orleans Office

The Firm is proud to welcome Kassie Lee Richbourg to our New Orleans office! Kassie joins us as a third-year associate.  Her previous experience includes handling both state and federal cases in a high-volume general civil litigation practice with a primary focus on matters of personal injury, construction law, and business/commercial disputes, as well as being involved in class actions concerning unfair trade practices and complex multi-district litigation matters related to products liability issues.  While in law school, Kassie gained valuable experience as a judicial intern for the Honorable Milton C. Lee in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as legal intern for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

April 8, 2019

Wilson and Ritchie Speak at Human Resource Law from A to Z Seminar

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie were speakers at the Human Resource Law from A to Z seminar, held March 27-28, 2019, in Pearl, Mississippi. The basic-to-intermediate level seminar provided a comprehensive overview of current issues in human resource law for attorneys, Human Resource and financial professionals, and other business executives.  Wilson and Ritchie spoke about discrimination and harassment; workplace behavioral issues; workplace privacy and employee monitoring; and, disciplining and firing employees. Click here to learn more about FormanWatkins’ Labor & Employment practice.