Archive for January, 2017

Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys Talk about Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Some of the damage that resulted from the BP oil spill was caused by the dispersant that was applied to the oil spill, and not by the oil itself. One dispersant, in particular, Corexit, has been banned from use in Europe since 1998 because it is highly toxic. Over two million gallons of various types of Corexit were put onto the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and pumped deep under the water after the spill, exposing many people and a large area of the natural environment to the substance.

One of the forms of Corexit used at the BP spill, Corexit 9527A, contains the toxin 2-Butoxyethanol. This substance has been linked to injury to red blood cells, kidneys and the liver in individuals who have had repeated or excessive exposure to it. The forms of Corexit that were used on the BP oil spill are more toxic and less effective than other dispersants that are available for use.

In addition to the aforementioned types of injuries, the health effects of Corexit on human health are serious. Exposure to oil and dispersants has been shown to increase the incidence of psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis are just a couple of the conditions that have been found in people who were exposed to the oil and dispersants. Unfortunately, some of the health concerns that exposed individuals are experiencing place them at risk for even greater harm.

For example, researchers have recently discovered a connection between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and osteoporotic fractures. Adults who have severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis appear to be more than twice as likely as people without those conditions to fracture one or more vertebrae, which leads researchers to believe that those people are at greater risk for all kinds of osteoporotic fractures.

Osteoporotic fractures are bone fractures associated with low bone mineral density. Spine, forearm, hip, and shoulders are the most vulnerable areas for these fractures, which occur when forces that wouldn’t normally cause a fracture do in fact fracture the bone because of low bone mineral density.

Many people were exposed to varying amounts of Corexit after the BP oil spill, either from encountering it on the shoreline while walking on the beach, participating in cleanup efforts or by some other method of exposure. The amount of exposure varied from person to person, and it depended on both the type of exposure and length of exposure, as well as how much protective equipment if any, each person was wearing when they were interacting with the oil and dispersants. For example, almost all cleanup workers wore gloves, but only some of the cleanup workers wore masks.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Helping Mississippi Residents Recover from the BP Oil Spill

The BP oil spill caused a variety of health problems for residents of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. While some of the health effects were temporary, many people suffer from long-term health effects from the BP oil spill. If you experience health problems in connection with exposure to oil and dispersants from the BP oil spill, the Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC may be able to help you. Call us today at 1 (800) 707-9577, to set up a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Talks about Winter Weather on the Roads

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Sometimes, the effects of winter weather can be as difficult to predict as the weather itself. For example, as they planned and prepared for one recent winter storm, officials from the Mississippi Department of Transportation said that they did not expect to see much of an impact from the storm in northern Mississippi. The storm had other plans, though. The snow was heavy, and many roads became icy.

Some drivers heeded the advice that the Department of Transportation issued once they realized what effects the storm was having and decided to stay off the roads. Other drivers wanted or needed to travel during the storm, and while most of them reached their destinations safely, there were approximately fifteen incidents in the northern part of the state, as well as many others in other areas. Most of those incidents involved single vehicles that slid off of the road. There were a few severe accidents, including a roll-over. Fortunately, most of the incidents did not cause injury.

Just as the people who work for the Department of Transportation work to keep the roads safe, drivers can do their part to drive as safely as possible when winter weather hits. One way that you can stay safe this winter is to check road conditions before you go out and making a wise choice about whether to make the trip. Also, if your vehicle has snow or ice on it, be sure to remove all of it before you get on the road. Snow from the roof of a car can slide down onto the windshield, blocking visibility completely. Chunks of ice can fly off of the roof, startling other drivers and possibly even crack a windshield. Other safe driving practices that you can use to avoid accidents this winter include slowing down when there is any amount of rain, snow, or sleet, not using cruise control, and avoiding sudden turns, acceleration, and braking.

If you do get in a wreck, seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not seem to be hurt. Some car accident injuries, including some serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, are not always immediately apparent. Also, while it is important to cooperate with police and other authorities in connection with your accident, remember that you may consult with an attorney before discussing details with them and that you do not have to talk to anyone from an insurance company. Insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind, and it is helpful to have an attorney deal with them so that your interests are protected.

Barrett Law PLLC:   Helping Mississippi Car Crash Victims Recover

Winter weather on the roadways can lead to dangerous driving conditions. If you got hurt in a winter weather-related wreck, you might be able to recover financially for your injuries and damages. To learn more about pursuing a claim for damages caused by a winter weather-related accident or any other type of wreck, please call the knowledgeable Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney at Barrett Law PLLC, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to set up an initial consultation.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Talk about Seat Belt Use

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

A recent fatal car crash serves as a somber reminder of how important it is that people wear their seat belts. A young woman got killed when she lost control of her vehicle and went off of the road. She was not wearing her seatbelt, and she got ejected from the vehicle during the wreck. Ejection from a vehicle often results in death. In the rare situation that a person survives after being ejected from a vehicle during an accident, they are often left with severe injuries that could affect their lives permanently.

Ejection is a leading cause of death in car accidents. In any given automobile accident, any person who gets ejected from a vehicle has a twenty-five percent chance of survival. Seat belt use is highly effective in preventing ejection – people who do not wear seatbelts are thirty times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during an accident than people who are wearing seatbelts. What’s more, seatbelt use has been shown to reduce the severity of injuries to vehicle occupants during a crash – the medical bills of accident victims who were not wearing seat belts are, on average, fifty percent more costly than the medical bills of car accident victims who were wearing their seat belts.

Seat belt use is an important safety issue, and it is essential that anyone who drives a car understand that while seat belts are the safest restraint for adult passengers, infant and child passengers require additional protection in the form of child safety seats. Many people do not realize that using the improper child safety restraint or installing the restraint in the vehicle incorrectly can be very dangerous. It is estimated that eighty percent fewer child and infant injuries and deaths would occur if child safety restraints were selected and installed correctly. Fortunately, parents, grandparents, and others who transport children can check in with one of the many local fire stations and police departments that offer free car seat safety checks.

Seat belt laws vary from state to state. Mississippi’s primary seat belt law applies to drivers and passengers who sit in the front seat. This law has helped to reduce the amount car crash fatalities that occur in the state, but adult seat belt use in Mississippi is consistently below the national average, so there is room for improvement. Also, in Mississippi, children under four must ride in a car seat that is appropriate for their age and weight. Children between the ages of four and seven years old must ride in a belt-positioning booster seat unless they weigh more than sixty-five pounds or are over four feet, nine inches tall.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Serving the Needs of Mississippi Automobile Accident Victims

Accidents where one or more vehicle occupants are ejected often result in fatalities. In cases where a person who gets ejected survives, they are likely to face a lengthy recovery and may even suffer from permanent and debilitating injuries. Whether you were injured in a crash or you lost a loved one, you and your family need time to heal. Pursuing a claim for damages in connection with a motor vehicle accident takes time and energy, but you do not have to do it on your own. The Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC have helped Mississippi accident victims and their families to recover physically and financially after car accidents. Please call us today, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys Talks about Employability

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Workplace accident cases seem to have a language that is all their own. The terms that are used in workplace accident cases often define the outcomes of those cases. Anyone who has gotten hurt at work is likely to find themselves immersed in a sea of unfamiliar words that will be used to determine whether they receive compensation for their injuries and how much compensation they will get.

One recent workplace injury case in Mississippi sheds some light on what it means to be employable. The Mississippi Court of Appeals’ decision in Hathorn v. ESCO Corp., No. 2015-WC-01528-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 11/15/16) tells us that there is a difference between being unable to find a job and being unemployable.

The case involves a man who hurt his hand when he was operating a grinder at a facility that makes steel parts for mining equipment. His injury was deemed compensable, and he was eventually able to return to work with medical restrictions. His doctor told him not to use a grinder or lift more than fifty pounds, so he did janitorial and maintenance tasks, and he ran errands. He worked in this way for over a year, and one day he was asked to operate a forklift, so he did. That evening, his hand swelled up dramatically, and he went to see his doctor. The doctor examined his hand and told him not to do any more work involving forklifts.

A couple of weeks after the man had been told by his doctor to refrain from operating forklifts, his employer asked him to use one again. The man asked whether someone else could do it because he could not, and told his superiors that he was medically unable to operate the forklift. He was placed on leave and given a few days to obtain a note from the doctor to certify that he was medically unable to operate the forklift. When he did not produce the note within the prescribed amount of time, he was fired for insubordination.

As a result, the man looked for work, but he was unable to find a job. The fact that he had been working for over a year, taken together with the fact that he was able to perform a range of different tasks while he was working show that he can do at least some types of work. While this man may not be as employable as a person who has no medical restrictions on the types of work that they can do, the man’s injury does not make him unemployable. It also does not seem as though the man exhausted all of the possibilities during his job search – he admitted that he did not look for security, maintenance, or housekeeping jobs, even though he has the skills and the physical abilities to perform at least some jobs in those fields.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Representing Workplace Accident Victims Across Mississippi  

If you got hurt on the job, it is important that you know that you do not have to learn and apply the language of worker’s compensation all on your own. The Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC are here to guide you through the worker’s compensation claims process while you work on recovering from your injury. Please call us today, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule a consultation.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Talk about Wintertime Slip and Fall Accidents

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The recent news coverage of the recent slip and fall injury of former Mississippi Governor William Winter is a reminder that winter weather creates injury risks that are not present during other times of the year. The ninety-one-year-old former governor was recently hospitalized with serious head injuries when he fell on the steep, icy driveway at his home.

Winter weather in Mississippi is unpredictable. Temperatures fall and rise; there are periods of dry weather and periods of rain, snow, and sleet. Snowfall varies from place to place, and within the course of a few hours, a day that presented no real accident risk could pose a substantial threat to safety. During the winter, any outdoor surface can become dangerously icy – from steps, decks, and driveways, to sidewalks, streets, and parking lots.  When this happens, there’s an increased risk of slip and fall accidents. Another factor which increases the risk of injury during the winter is that cold weather makes our joints and muscles tighter than they are in warmer weather. When you combine tight muscles with hard, slippery surfaces, there is the potential for serious bodily harm.

Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of slip and fall injuries by following a few simple winter safety tips. Many slip and fall accidents are preventable. One way that you can avoid getting hurt in a slip and fall accident is by choosing proper footwear. Winter boots may not be your favorite footwear, but they are a lot more comfortable than injuries caused by slip and fall accidents. Wear your boots every time the weather is cold and wet, or if cold, wet weather is in the forecast for the day. Also, if you are walking outside and you can see snow or ice on the ground, walk slowly and pay close attention to walking by avoiding distractions like talking or texting. If you see snow or ice on the ground where you are about to walk, look around and consider whether there is an alternative route to take to where you are going. If there is some other way that looks safer, you could greatly reduce the risk that you will slip, fall, and get hurt.

Sometimes, even the most careful people slip and fall. If you slip and fall, seek medical attention right away, even if you do not feel like you got hurt. Some of the types of injuries that can be caused by slip and fall accidents, such as neck and back injuries, are not always immediately noticeable. Seeking prompt medical attention can help you to get the care that you need right away, and it creates a record of your injury and the care that you have received.

After your accident, it is also important that you report the accident to the property owner as soon as possible. When you report the accident, do not say much about what happened and that you do not fill out an accident report or any other paperwork without speaking with an attorney first. Ask for copies of the forms and take them with you. Then, call a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney and discuss your accident with them.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Helping Mississippi Slip and Fall Accident Victims

If you got hurt in a slip and fall accident, a Mississippi personal injury attorney could help you pursue a claim for damages. To find out more, call the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to arrange a consultation.

Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys Talk about Accidents Involving Contractors

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently issued a worker’s compensation decision that addresses a somewhat unusual but not completely unheard of employment scenario – the situation in which a premises owner acts as its contractor. The case involves a man who got severely burned while he was working at the Chevron refinery in Pascagoula. At the time of the accident, Quindon Thomas worked for a company called American Plant Services (APS), with which Chevron had contracted to perform maintenance services at its refinery. In 2012, Thomas was at the Chevron refinery, doing maintenance work, when a Chevron employee that was working in close proximity to Thomas opened a valve which released hot water, steam, and coke onto Thomas, severely burning most of his body.

After he was injured, Thomas collected worker’s compensation from Chevron as was provided for by a 2010 contract between Chevron and APS that established that Chevron would provide workers’ compensation insurance for all APS employees who were working at the Chevron refinery through Chevron’s Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP).

After Thomas had exhausted the worker’s compensation insurance policy limits, he and his wife tried to sue Chevron over dangerous conditions at the refinery. The circuit court ruled against Thomas, and he appealed the decision to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which recently issued decision NO. 2016-CA-00101-SCT in his favor. That decision allows Thomas and his wife to bring a suit against Chevron for damages that he sustained as the result of dangerous conditions at the refinery. Specifically, Thomas and his wife plan to sue Chevron and the employee who opened the valve for negligence and premises liability.

Chevron had sought immunity from that suit, claiming that it was Thomas’s statutory employer, and, as such that it was entitled to immunity from the lawsuit under the Mississippi Worker’s Compensation Act’s exclusive remedy provision. Specifically, Chevron claimed that Mississippi Code Section 71-3-91 granted it immunity from tort liability because it had acted as its own general contractor in providing worker’s compensation benefits to Thomas. Thomas asserted that premises owners are often employers who carry workers’ compensation insurance and who contract with other people who are not their employees to perform work on their premises. In fact, he references the worker’s compensation coverage contract between Chevron and APS which clearly labels APS as a contractor, thus negating Chevron’s assertion that he was their statutory employee. The Court’s ruling states that Chevron may not obtain immunity from tort liability by voluntarily purchasing worker’s compensation benefits for APS’s workers.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Help for Families Affected by Mississippi Workplace Accidents

If you work as a contracted employee on another company’s premises, Mississippi Supreme Court’s decision in the Thomas case may apply to you under certain circumstances, depending upon the nature of the contracts between your employer and the owner of the premises. This case illustrates that not every worker’s compensation case is simple and straightforward, in fact, they rarely are. If you were injured on the job, it is best not to take any chances when pursuing a claim for compensation. A Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorney understands the nuances of worker’s compensation law, and they can take over the task of pursuing your claim for damages so that you can devote your time and energy to healing from your injury. To learn more, call the Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule a consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Discusses Municipal Whistleblower Cases

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Whistleblower cases occur in all kinds of workplaces. A recent case in Flowood serves as an example of how a police officer might bring a whistleblower claim against a municipality after being forced to resign.

A patrolman from Flowood alleges that he was obliged to resign after he was accused of using excessive force during the arrest and conviction of a woman who had caused a car accident. The woman was belligerent and uncooperative towards the officer and towards other officers that were working with him. A blood sample was eventually taken from the woman, and the test result showed that her blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

As you can see from the description of what happened, it appears as though the woman should have been charged with DUI. The officer had charged her with DUI, but at some point, the chief of police approached him to talk about the woman’s arrest. The chief of police suggested to the officer that the woman might not have been intoxicated when she got arrested, that it was possible that she had been under the influence of Ambien, a prescription sleep medication. The officer told the chief that if that were true, then she should not have been driving.

After that conversation, the officer realized that the chief might have been suggesting that he drop the woman’s DUI charges. Shortly afterward, the chief met with the officer again, this time to discuss his arrest record. The chief told him that he had charged more people with assault on an officer than any other officer in the department. The officer replied that he felt that it was important that officers enforce the law to protect themselves from harm. He also interpreted the conversation as a second suggestion that he drop the woman’s DUI charges. When he did not drop the charges, the chief had a Lieutenant review a video of the officer’s interactions with the woman while she was at the police station. The Lieutenant claimed that the video showed that the officer used excessive force towards the woman, that he belittled her, and that he would recommend that the officer be fired. The officer chose to resign and then brought a lawsuit against the police department for wrongful termination.

Employment in Mississippi is generally at will. However, the McArn doctrine provides an exception to the employment-at-will doctrine that acknowledges wrongful termination if an employee gets fired for refusing to participate in an illegal activity or for reporting illegal activity by his employer. While the officer does not contend that he was asked to take part in any illegal activity, he does assert that being fired after being asked by his employer to refrain from charging an intoxicated person with DUI should be considered reporting illegal activity by his employer. The officer maintains that he got fired for doing his job properly.

The officer’s wrongful termination whistleblower claim got dismissed by the circuit court, and he appealed the decision to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal, which noted that if the court were to rule for the officer, every disciplinary action or personnel decision that any law enforcement agency makes could potentially result in a wrongful discharge lawsuit.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Standing Strong for Mississippi Whistleblowers

If you would like to learn more about whistleblower protection in Mississippi, call the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule an initial consultation.

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys Discuss Pile-Up Accidents

Friday, January 6th, 2017

A tragic chain of events resulted in a fatal motor vehicle wreck involving an eighteen-wheeler and three other vehicles. The pile-up happened on the southbound side of I-270 just south of Clayton. After the accident, the southbound lanes of the highway were closed for over six hours, as multiple agencies worked to remove the wreckage from the roadway and investigate the accident.

A pile-up, or chain reaction accident occurs when one accident or collision occurs and then other vehicles subsequently become ensnared in it. For example, in this recent pile-up accident, the initial incident took place when the driver of a van that was pulling a trailer lost control of their vehicle while they were driving southbound on I-270. As the driver of the van lost control of the vehicle, it crossed lanes, colliding with a tow truck and then a passenger car. During this collision, one or more of the vehicles ended up in the median. At some point during or after that accident, the driver of a tractor-trailer tried to avoid the wreckage. That eighteen-wheeler became entangled in the mess because, despite their efforts, the driver was unable to successfully maneuver around it. Things got worse when the van caught fire, and things continued to get worse when the semi-truck caught on fire. Four people were involved in this devastating and destructive four-vehicle chain reaction crash. One died, two others received serious injuries, and one, the driver of the tow truck, escaped from the experience without harm.

All motor vehicle accidents are tragic, especially those that claim one or more lives and cause large amounts of injury and property damage. Fortunately, drivers can sometimes avoid becoming ensnared in a pile-up accident by employing safe driving strategies. One such strategy is maintaining a constant awareness of the weather and the road conditions where you are driving. We all know that weather is changeable, but did you know that road conditions can change just as quickly as the weather? In fact, some of the most dangerous road conditions can occur right after a change from dry to wet weather, partly because of how the precipitation affects the road surface and partly because drivers are often slow to adjust their driving to variations in the weather. If you reduce your speed as soon as you notice a change in the weather, you will put yourself at an advantage by being able to better maintain control of your vehicle and being better able to see what is happening on the road ahead of you with enough time to safely adjust your course if needed. A second safe driving practice that can help you avoid accidents of all kinds, including chain reaction accidents, is leaving plenty of room between your vehicle and the other vehicles that are near you on the roadway. Space provides time within which you can react to changes in the positions of other vehicles, and can give you enough time to stop or change course safely if a vehicle ahead of you loses control or has a collision.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Serving Mississippi Trucking Accident Victims

If you or someone that you love got hurt or killed in a pile-up accident involving a tractor trailer, be sure to choose an attorney who has experience with handling trucking accident cases. To learn more, call the Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC, at 1 (800) 707-9577, to schedule a free consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Talk about Washington University Whistleblower Case

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Washington University in St. Louis conducts a lot of research, especially in the fields of medicine and medical technology. Research of that nature is critical and is also extremely expensive. Fortunately, the federal government supports research at Washington University and many other research institutions by providing them with funding for their research through federal grants and contracts, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Some of the federal money that Washington University receives is just given to the university by the government, to use as the university sees fit. Other funds are given with strings attached. There is personnel at the University that work with the contract money, individuals who do the job of purchasing supplies for the various research projects in accordance with any requirements that are attached to the funding.

One woman who did that type of work for Washington University is Beth Owen. Beth worked as a contract management liaison for the University from 2014 to 2015. As part of her work, Beth was responsible for overseeing purchase orders that were associated with money that had been given to the University on the condition that a specific percentage of purchases be made from minority-owned vendors and service disabled veteran-owned businesses.

While she was performing her job duties, Beth was instructed by her supervisor to approve any and all purchase requests for a Mississippi-based company called RAS Enterprises. RAS is a business that is certified as a minority-owned vendor and a service disabled veteran-owned business, and it supplies laboratory equipment to the University. As Owen went about her work, she became concerned about the price structure that RAS was using, so she decided to look into it by approaching a University administrator and asking them about the details of the equipment pricing. The administrator told Owen that RAS didn’t provide the laboratory equipment, but they were paid a handling fee to ship equipment to the University that was purchased from Fisher Scientific. This did not sit right with Owen, who believed that using RAS as a middle man to comply with the requirements that were attached to the federal funding was illegal. Owen brought the issue to the attention of her supervisor, and she was subsequently fired. Owen has filed a lawsuit in connection with her termination, claiming that in firing her, the University violated provisions of state law that protect whistleblowers who have a good faith belief that their employer has broken the law.

The Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC support brave individuals like Beth Owen who try to address possible wrongdoing when they see it happening in their workplaces. If you lost your job after attempting to work with others in your company to investigate or correct possible improper business activity, you might qualify for legal protection as a whistleblower. To learn more, call the Mississippi Whistleblower attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to arrange a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Talks about What Can Happen after the Whistle is Blown

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

We often hear about what happens to whistleblowers after they attempt to address wrongdoing within their workplace with people within the workplace who could help them to do so. Whistleblowers often experience retaliation in varying degrees, including mistreatment within the workplace, termination, and continued bullying and harassment from people affiliated with their workplace even after they get fired.

In addition to bringing attention to the effects of retaliation on whistleblowers, it is important that we pay attention to what can happen in regards to the wrongdoing that caused the whistleblowers to speak up in the first place. In some cases, the wrong that is exposed by a whistleblower gets addressed and remedied. The ways in which this can happen are, of course, as varied as the wrongs that get exposed.

One thing that can happen after a corporation’s illegal actions are brought to light by a whistleblower is litigation. You may already be aware that a whistleblower brought attention to the cost and construction estimation debacle that is the Kemper “clean coal” power plant project in Kemper County, Mississippi. The whistleblower believed that Southern Company put a positive spin on some very negative facts regarding construction progress and cost projections for the power plant because the company knew that investors would panic if they became aware that the project was in danger of losing federal subsidies because of the delays in completing the project.

Southern Company’s “positive spin” that it presented to investors may have gone so far as to result in violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of shareholders who purchased Southern Company securities during the period from April 25, 2012, to October 29, 2013. The complaint alleges that Southern Company did not disclose construction setbacks to its investors, even though those delays would prevent the project from being completed by a deadline that the company had announced previously. When the delays and the associated cover-up were disclosed, the value of the company’s stock declined.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Protecting Mississippi Whistleblowers

The filing of a class action lawsuit for investors in the Kemper “clean coal” project is just one example of what kinds of things can happen after a whistleblower sheds light on corporate wrongdoing. Investors trust the information that the companies that they have invested in give to them, and when the information that they get is not truthful, the investors’ financial well-being is placed at risk without their knowledge. It is important that corporate misconduct like this is brought to the attention of regulators and the public so that it can be addressed. This is why whistleblowers play such an important role. Whistleblowers take a risk in exposing the wrongs that they bring to light, and they often suffer personally after they have done so. If you have experienced retaliation as the result of your actions as a whistleblower, the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney at Barrett Law PLLC might be able to help you. Call us today, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to set up an initial consultation.