State Supreme Court: Legal fees must be OK'd by Legislature

By Daily Journal


JACKSON – Outside legal fees must be appropriated through the Mississippi Legislature, the state’s Supreme Court ruled today.
Two cases before the high court came to the same opinion – one involved fees to former Booneville attorney Joey Langston and others related to an MCI settlement and the other related to other attorneys involved with a lawsuit against Microsoft.
The Langston decision reversal came over whether they could collect a $14-million fee for their help in settling a state dispute with MCI, which was based in Clinton.
Langston and the others said the fee was negotiated outside the massive settlement to the state and did not need legislative approval.
But current Auditor Stacey Pickering pressed on for the disagreement begun by then-Auditor Phil Bryant.
The other lawsuit involved $10 million in legal fees.
Numerous parties have argued the issue back and forth across several years. Whether the losing sides will appeal isn’t yet known.
•Come back for more details or read Friday’s Daily Journal.