The Jackson, Mississippi, office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has scored a nice win by luring commercial litigator Alan Perry to its ranks. Perry comes to BABC, which has about 35 lawyers in Mississippi's capital, from Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, which is home to more than 80 attorneys.
Regarded as one of the state’s leading lawyers, Mr. Perry has been involved in some of the largest and most complicated litigation matters in Mississippi. He has handled banking, securities, and antitrust cases, as well as matters involving business torts and statutory claims. With a background in accounting Mr. Perry is often hired in accounting and auditing matters, as well as other cases involving financial institutions. He is widely regarded as one of Mississippi’s leading lawyers in cases of that sort. Mr. Perry also maintains an active appellate practice.
Executives at Nissan have declined a State Department offer to mediate a dispute between the automaker and the United Auto Workers and IndustriALL Global Union, which contend the company is violating international labor laws at its Canton, Mississippi, complex. Company officials say they are focused on complying with U.S. labor laws and the structures organized by the National Labor Relations Board.
The State Department wrote that it "determined that the issues raised by UAW/IndustriALL are material and substantiated and merit further examination," but also said that if Nissan had chosen to mediate, that shouldn't be taken as an admission of guilt.
Nissan executives want to crank up production at their Canton, Mississippi, plant to 507,000 in 2017 from about 300,000 today. The plans call for extra lines and shifts as well as expansion investments and could involve hiring another 1,000 workers in central Mississippi.
“To build to 507, we do a couple of crazy tricks,” Martin said. “We have lunch breaks but we work through them. We have special squads of people that keep the lines moving.”
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The backers of the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame have chosen Clarksdale, Mississippi, as the home for their museum, which will occupy a city-owned art deco building that formerly housed a bus station. Clarksdale beat out Nashville, Memphis and Detroit.
Two airlines have submitted proposals to Tupelo Regional Airport officials to fly from there to Nashville and/or Memphis. AirChoice One and SeaPort Airlines are two of four carriers — Aerodynamics and SunAir are the others — looking to service Tupelo after Silver Airways decided to end its service from the city to Atlanta and Greenville, Mississippi. Northeast Mississippi residents have until July 9 to take part in a survey that will help determine which of the four companies will be the best fit for Tupelo.
Nissan is moving all worldwide production of its Murano crossover to Canton, Mississippi, and has asked contractor Kelly Services to recruit 500 workers. Ramped-up production is scheduled to begin this fall and will take the company's employment at Canton above 6,000 for the first time. Suppliers based in a new park nearby are expected to hire another 400 people.
Community Health Systems executives have signed a letter of intent to acquire the 179-bed Natchez Regional Medical Center in southwestern Mississippi, which is located just half a mile down the street from the company's 101-bed Natchez Community Hospital. The hospital's managers hope to put the agreement before the county-owned hospital's trustees soon. Following approval by that group, other interested bidders will have a chance to beat CHS' offer via an auction.
CHS, which runs 12 hospitals in Mississippi, has a history with Natchez Regional. The company's Quorum Health Resources management arm ran the hospital for more than a decade but was sued for $46 million in 2009 after the facility had to file for bankruptcy.
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