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Reynolds Explains the Benefits of the 2014 Lien Law at Construction
Law Seminar

Jeff Reynolds at the Subcontractors Alliance of Mississippi Construction Law Seminar, alongside attorneys Dorsey Carson and Trey Copeland Jeff Reynolds at the Subcontractors Alliance of Mississippi Construction Law Seminar, alongside attorneys Dorsey Carson and Trey Copeland.

On October 27, 2015, Jackson attorney Jeff Reynolds gave the Subcontractors Alliance of Mississippi an overview of the new lien law and guidance on how to use it to get paid.

Under Mississippi's prior law, only prime contractors held rights to a construction lien. The new law extends lien rights to subcontractors and material suppliers.

Jeff reviewed the benefits of the new law and the mechanics of how to file a construction lien in Mississippi. He also covered the various deadlines and provisions that subcontractors must meet to preserve their lien rights.

Jeff closed by saying: “This is a great law for subcontractors, but it can be complicated.” He recommended that suppliers and subcontractors performing work in Mississippi consult an attorney experienced in construction law about how to protect their rights under the new lien law.

May 15, 2014: The Mississippi Supreme Court reinstates Summary Judgment for ExxonMobil in Wilkinson County, MS "Alligator" case.

On May 15, 2014, the Mississippi Supreme Court reinstated the Wilkinson County Circuit Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by two landowners adjacent to ExxonMobil’s property located near Woodville, MS. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs had alleged that a former waste treatment facility now owned by ExxonMobil caused environmental damage to their property. The Plaintiffs also claimed that ExxonMobil should be held responsible for wild alligators seen near and on their property. The Plaintiffs wanted ExxonMobil to pay them damages totaling the entire purchase price of their property.

Jeff Reynolds, lead counsel in this matter, obtained Summary Judgment for ExxonMobil at the trial court level based on the expired statute of limitations and the “prior trespass” doctrine. Upon appeal, the Mississippi Court of Appeals reversed this decision, holding that (1) there were disputed facts as to when the Plaintiffs’ should have discovered the alligators on or near their property and (2) the prior trespass doctrine did not apply. The Court of Appeals sent the case back for a trial on the merits of the Plaintiffs’ alligator claims. (The Plaintiffs did not appeal the dismissal of their environmental damage claim.)

Mr. Reynolds next filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Mississippi Supreme Court, asking for a further review of the matter. Although such Petitions are rarely granted, the Supreme Court accepted the case. After en banc oral argument, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision in a 5-4 split and reinstated the dismissal with prejudice of this lawsuit.

The Supreme Court held, as ExxonMobil had argued, that there is no legal claim for liability due to wild alligators and that the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has exclusive authority over the protection and management of all wild alligators. The Supreme Court’s decision closed the door on a potential flood of litigation by landowners against their neighbors for the actions and movement of wild animals over which Mississippi residents have no control.

ExxonMobil deserves credit for a significant victory in a Mississippi county that historically has been a dangerous venue for defendants.

Jeff Reynolds Speaks on NORM Disposal at the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission Summit

On May 20th 2014, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant hosted the yearly summit in Biloxi. Started by President Roosevelt in 1935, the Commission is made up of 30 energy producing states.  It advocates for environmentally sound ways to strengthen our national security and economy by increasing the supply of American energy.

Jeff spoke to the Environmental & Safety Committee on Legal Issues Associated with the Mississippi Oil & Gas Board’s Rule 68 – Landspreading Small Amounts of NORM as a Disposal Option.  Jeff represented several oil companies when the landspreading amendments were affirmed by the Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board, and throughout the 15+ year, ongoing appeal process.

Jeff shared the podium with Mr. Mark Nechodom, Director, California Department of Conservation, and Mr. Matthew Lepore, Director, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

$19 Million Natural Gas Claim - Jeff Reynolds obtains defense verdict for TOTAL Petrochemicals USA, Inc. in $19 million natural gas claim

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Southern States Police Benevolent Association lauds Jeff Reynolds and the lawyers in his firm.

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Reynolds leads CLE program for oil and gas in-house counsel in Houston on September 1, 2009

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