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June 18, 2020

A Message from Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP

The gravity of the events over the past weeks resulting from the unjustified killing of George Floyd weighs heavily on our collective hearts and minds.  We hold in the highest regard the civil rights that should and must be afforded to everyone.  As business leaders, and as individuals, we bear a responsibility to speak out and act against injustice. We stand in solidarity with those who are protesting throughout the world to ensure the realization of the inalienable rights held by all global citizens without regard to the color of their skin.  We are proud of those in the FormanWatkins family who have individually spoken out for change. To our African-American and diverse colleagues, clients and community, FormanWatkins reaffirms its commitment to the core values of diversity and inclusion.  We acknowledge that a public statement, such as this one, is only one of many acts necessary to live up to those values.  We promise to continue to listen, speak and act in support of those values.

May 29, 2020

MS Supreme Court Affirms Complete Dismissal of Alleged Price-Fixing Case

On April 30, 2020, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the complete dismissal of claims against clients represented by FormanWatkins attorneys Fred Krutz and Daniel Mulholland in a case brought by the Attorney General of Mississippi regarding alleged price-fixing of Automotive Wire Harness Systems used in automobiles.  The State sued several companies alleging violations of the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act (“MCPA”), the Mississippi Antitrust Act (“MAA”), and a civil conspiracy to violate both Acts. 

May 8, 2020

Giallourakis, Metcalf, and Maron Win Summary Judgment

Nick Giallourakis, Joshua Metcalf, and Ruth Maron won summary judgment on behalf of our client in a King County, Washington living mesothelioma premises liability case on May 6, 2020. Working together with attorneys from Bullivant Houser Bailey, FormanWatkins convinced the Court that the plaintiff’s claims against our client should be dismissed in their entirety because the plaintiff could not present any evidence to support his household exposure claims against our client, rather, his claims were “based on speculation and conjecture.” The Court also noted that the plaintiff conceded that any exposure claims based on his own employment with our client were barred by Washington’s workers’ compensation exclusivity provision. This is a significant victory for our client, in particular in a jurisdiction that does not typically grant summary judgment to defendants. This case is set for trial on August 24, 2020.

April 14, 2020

Hannula and Upchurch Win Summary Judgment

Brian Hannula and Caroline Upchurch, members of our commercial litigation group, worked with attorneys from Parsons McEntire McCleary to win summary judgment on behalf of a commercial real estate broker in a fraud/misrepresentation case pending in Harrison County, Mississippi. The plaintiff alleged multiple defendants made fraudulent misrepresentations about occupancy rates during a multi-million dollar real estate transaction and sought more than $3 million in damages. After reviewing the briefs and hearing oral arguments, the Circuit Court Judge determined the plaintiff failed to produce evidence that the broker (1) made any false statements, (2) had knowledge of the allegedly fraudulent representations, or (3) participated in the alleged falsification of rent roll data.

April 9, 2020

COVID-19: Do I Have a Business Interruption Insurance Claim?

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic drags on, businesses large and small continue to feel the impacts in a variety of ways. In recent days and weeks, in a necessary effort to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 diagnoses, state and municipal governments across the country have issued shelter-in-place or safe-at-home orders that have forced closures of businesses deemed “non-essential,” altered hours or operations for almost all restaurants, and limited potential customer movement to only essential activities and travel. For example, Mississippi’s Shelter-in-Place Order, explained here, took effect last Friday.

April 6, 2020

COVID-19: Applying the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

With the recent implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), small business owners have more questions than answers applying the law in real time as shelter-in-place orders go into effect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of Labor (DOL) has answered several questions in its Q&A sheets to assist employers on their responsibilities under the Act.  The following is a recap of the DOL’s answers to some of the more pertinent questions:

April 2, 2020

Mississippi Issues Shelter-in-Place Order: What You Need To Know

On April 1, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a Shelter-in-Place Order (“SIP Order” – Executive Order No. 1466) requiring all individuals currently living in Mississippi to stay home or in their place of residence (e.g., hotels, shelters, or rental units used as a person’s dwelling), except as specifically allowed by the SIP Order.

March 25, 2020

FormanWatkins Staff Employees Achieve LTC4 Certification

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that 20 of our staff employees have achieved their LTC4 Certification. On February 27, FormanWatkins hosted a special luncheon at the Capital Club in Jackson to recognize these employees. The honorees were treated to a delectable buffet followed by a game that was enjoyed by all. Speeches recognizing their accomplishments were given by the Firm’s COO, Robby Gathings, and HR Director, Mandi Murphy.

March 20, 2020

Employment Law Update – COVID-19 and the Workplace:  An Employer’s Quick Guide

With COVID-19 reaching pandemic status and the total number of cases in the United States surging, it has become critical that employers have a response strategy.  Any response strategy to COVID-19 should consider the current and developing labor and employment laws implicated by the COVID-19 crisis along with the concerns that could arise outside the employment context, including potential tort and contract liability.