Statement from State Auditor Stacey Pickering on Recent Microsoft Settlement
In these tough economic times, I appreciate the efforts of Attorney General Jim Hood on recovering the funds from Microsoft on behalf of the State of Mississippi. However, Miss. Code Ann. § 7-5-7 is clear that contingency fees paid to attorneys on behalf of the State must be appropriated by the Legislature. This is also supported by a sworn affidavit by former Attorney General Mike Moore in the 2002 case Pursue Energy Corporation v. Mississippi State Tax Commission. The attorneys deserve compensation for their work on this case, but those funds, according to State law, must be appropriated by the Legislature. This issue is already before the courts involving the MCI settlement in Stacey Pickering, in his capacity as Auditor for the State of Mississippi v. The Langston Law Firm.
State Auditor Stacey Pickering Press Release