Home Court Rule Introduced by Representative Bell 1-22-18

Representative Bell has introduced House Bill No.1306 that would require construction claims for projects located in Mississippi be litigated or arbitrated in Mississippi.  This requirement would apply regardless of whether or not the contract has a provison that required the claims to be resolved in another jurisdiction.This is an important bill for Mississippi contractors since many foreign contractors frequently include a venue provison forcing Mississippi contractors to litigate or arbitrate their claims in the foreign contractor's home state.  Without this legislation, the cost to pursue a claim against a foreign contractor could be cost prohibitive and potentially force Mississippi contractors to settle their claim for pennies on the dollar.  Mississippi Contractors should keep their eye on this litigation and encourage its passage.