Janet D. McMurtray's Notable Cases

jmcmurtray@purdieandmetz.com

 

Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson v. Morrison, 905 So. 2d 1213 (Miss. 2005) – successfully obtained ruling that reversed Trial Courts’ ruling that the Diocese had to turn over all church files. The Supreme Court found that those files covered by the priest-penitent privilege, attorney/client privilege, or work product should not be produced to plaintiffs.

Bland v. Hill, 785 So. 2d 414 (Miss. 1991) –  obtained reversal of alienation of affection verdict, finding that husband’s adultery was part of the fabric and value of the relationship and should have been admitted.

CLC of Biloxi, LLC v. Mississippi Division of Medicaid, 189 So. 3d 726 (Mississippi App. 2016) successfully defended the Division of Medicaid’s decision to freeze rates during an administrative appeal, finding that provider failed to exhaust administrative remedies in challenging DOM’s freeze of rates.

Warren v. Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, 700 So. 2d 608 (Miss. 1997)  – successfully defended challenge to the constitutionality of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation system where the challengers claimed delays in the system, and depriving them of claims of negligence against their employers violated their due process rights under both the U.S. and Mississippi Constitutions.

Braidford v. William Carey College, 793 So. 2d 642 (Miss. App 2000) – successfully defended college against claims of retaliatory discharge.

Koestler v. Mississippi College, 740 So. 2d 1122 (Miss. 1999) successfully defended college for giving a failing grade to a graduate student after she failed to complete her internship, even though she claimed the College had agreed to allow an earlier internship’s hours to count toward her requirement.

Reliance National Insurance Co. v. Tomlinson, 171 F3d 1033 (5th Cir 1999) – successfully represented Reliance Insurance in obtaining a ruling that the “owned aircraft” exclusions in the insurance policy prevented coverage for an accident in which a pilot took his employer’s aircraft for a joy ride, killing the pilot, a passenger, and injuring two additional passengers.

American Guaranty and Liability Insurance Co. V. 1906 Company 273 F3d 605 (5th Circuit 2001) – successfully obtained coverage for insured for invasion of privacy for employee’s videotaping of photography clients in the dressing room and also obtained attorney’s fees for insured’s in obtaining the Moeller counsel of its choice.