NEWS & UPDATES

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FOUR BNSC&B ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED BY SUPER LAWYERS

December 7, 2020

BNSC&B is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys are recognized in the 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine.  John A. Banahan is selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of Insurance Coverage, and H. Benjamin Mullen is selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense.  Jessica B. McNeel is selected as a Rising Star in the area of Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense, and Michael R. Moore is selected as a Rising Star in the areas of Insurance Coverage.

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SUMMARY JUDGMENT AFFIRMED IN DENTAL MALPRACTICE CASE

May 12, 2020

John A. Banahan and Michael R. Moore successfully argued on appeal that the trial court correctly granted summary judgment in favor of an oral surgeon.  The appeals court agreed that the plaintiff failed to serve the oral surgeon within the statute of limitations.

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SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON BAD FAITH AFFIRMED

May 5, 2020

H. Benjamin Mullen and Michael R. Moore obtained a favorable ruling from the Mississippi Court of Appeals, which affirmed summary judgment on the plaintiff's "bad faith" claim against an uninsured motorist carrier.

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JURY VERDICT FOR INSURANCE AGENT

February 21, 2020

John A. Banahan and Michael R. Moore obtained a jury verdict in favor of an insurance agent accused of negligent insurance procurement.  The case proceeded to trial after the Fifth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment on the plaintiff's claim for punitive damages.

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JURY VERDICT FOR UM CARRIER

December 16, 2019

John A. Banahan and Calen J. Willis obtained a jury verdict in favor of their client, an uninsured motorist carrier.  The jury agreed that the carrier was not responsible for any additional UM benefits.

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DISMISSAL AFFIRMED

November 19, 2019

After obtaining dismissal for failure to prosecute in the trial court, H. Benjamin Mullen briefed and Michael R. Moore argued to the Mississippi Court of Appeals their client's arguments for affirming the trial court.  The Court of Appeals agreed that the plaintiff failed to timely prosecute her claims and affirmed in favor of BNSC&B's client.

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RISING STARS

November 14, 2019

Jessica B. McNeel and Michael R. Moore were named to Super Lawyers 2019 Mid-South Rising Stars List.  Jessica was named a Rising Star in the area of Medical Malpractice Defense, and Michael was named a Rising Star in the area of Insurance Coverage.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT AGREES NO DUTY TO INDEMNIFY

August 12, 2019

Michael R. Moore and John A. Banahan obtained affirmation from the Fifth Circuit that their client, a general liability insurer, did not owe a duty to indemnify its insured for a state court judgment.  The Court agreed that the state court judgment embodied purely economic losses and not property damage as required for coverage.

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APPELLATE WIN

May 31, 2019

John A. Banahan, Calen J. Wills, and Michael R. Moore prevailed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of their client, an insurance carrier, finding that the carrier did not owe uninsured motorist benefits.  Because the carrier was entitled to assert the defenses of the tortfeasor, and because the tortfeasor was immune from liability under the Mississippi Tort Claims Act, the carrier was likewise “immune” such that it did not owe insurance benefits.

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CIVIL SERVICE AFFIRMATION

May 14, 2019

After the civil service commission upheld the termination of a covered employee, the employee appealed, arguing that he was denied due process.  Representing the employer, H. Benjamin Mullen successfully obtained an affirmance from the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

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ONE COAST RECOGNITION

April 23, 2019

BNSC&B proudly congratulates Jessica B. McNeel on being named one of 2019's Top 10 Business Leaders under 40 by One Coast.

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JURY VERDICT FOR UNINSURED MOTORIST CARRIER

April 3, 2019

H. Benjamin Mullen obtained a jury verdict in favor of an uninsured motorist carrier in the County Court of Jackson County, Mississippi.  The jury agreed with the insurance carrier that the insured plaintiff failed to prove that the subject motor vehicle collision caused his alleged injuries and, therefore, he was not entitled to any uninsured motorist benefits under the policy.

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JURY VERDICT FOR ED PHYSICIAN

February 6, 2019

John A. Banahan and Jessica B. McNeel obtained a jury verdict in favor of an emergency department physician accused of failing to diagnose a spinal epidural abscess.

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MISSISSIPPI BAR LEADERSHIP FORUM

January 25, 2019

The Mississippi Bar Association accepted Michael R. Moore into its 2019 Leadership Forum class.

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APPELLATE VICTORY FOR SUBCONTRACTOR

January 17, 2019

Vincent J. Castigliola successfully defended an appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court, after he obtained a judgment in chancery court upholding the validity of a subcontractor's construction lien.  In its first interpretation of Mississippi's new comprehensive lien statute, the Mississippi Supreme Court agreed that precedent based upon the Miller Act did not control the dispute.

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BNSC&B WELCOMES NEW PARTNERS

January 1, 2019

BNSC&B is proud to announce that Calen J. Wills and Michael R. Moore have joined the firm as partners.  Both attorneys previously worked as associates at BNSC&B, making valuable contributions to our team.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT VICTORY

December 6, 2018

John A. Banahan and Michael R. Moore obtained a favorable ruling in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in which the court affirmed summary judgment in favor of an insurer, finding that the insurer was not vicariously liable for its agent's actions.

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SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR TELECOM CLIENT

June 11, 2018

Jessica B. McNeel obtained summary judgment for a telecom client in a case where a motorist struck a downed utility line.  The court agreed that the client was entitled to summary judgment because it lacked notice of the allegedly dangerous condition.

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VENUE VICTORY

April 19, 2018

John A. Banahan and Michael R. Moore prevailed on appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of a physician who was sued in an improper venue.  The supreme court ordered that the claims against the physician be transferred to the proper venue.