Lawyer fees case going before Miss. Supreme Court

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It’s round two for State Auditor Stacy Pickering and Attorney General Jim Hood.

The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments Aug. 3 in a second lawyers’ fees lawsuit.

In this one, Pickering is appealing a judge’s decision last year upholding $10 million in fees paid to lawyers for handling a state lawsuit against computer software manufacturer Microsoft.

Microsoft is not a party to the lawsuit.

Hinds County Chancellor Denise Owens last April ruled against Pickering.

Microsoft reached a $100 million settlement with the state of Mississippi in 2009. It agreed to pay $10 million to private lawyers hired by the attorney general’s office to handle the case.

Pickering sued, arguing the fees should be paid with money appropriated by the Legislature.

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