• September 22, 2023

    Accountant, Atty Convicted In $1.3B Tax Case In Georgia

    A Georgia jury found two men guilty on Friday of conspiring to defraud the government by promoting a scheme that sold $1.3 billion in fraudulent tax deductions in connection with conservation easements, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 22, 2023

    Giuliani Ordered To Cough Up $237K In Ga. Poll Workers' Suit

    Rudy Giuliani owes roughly $237,000 stemming from unpaid sanctions and legal fees in a suit brought by Georgia poll workers who say he accused them of ballot fraud in the 2020 presidential election, according to an order issued Friday.

  • September 22, 2023

    Excess Insurer Balks At $22.5M Ask In Kroger Shooting Row

    An insurer for The Kroger Co. urged a Georgia state court to reject another Kroger insurer's bid to recoup $22.5 million it paid toward a $50 million settlement over a shooting in 2015, following a jury's $61.4 million verdict against the grocery giant.

  • September 22, 2023

    Ga. City Can't Escape $33M Verdict Over Yale Student's Death

    A Georgia trial court has denied the city of Milton's attempt to avoid a $33 million award over the death of a Yale University student whose car crashed into an ornamental roadside planter, saying the jury's verdict was sufficiently supported by the evidence.

  • September 22, 2023

    Bid To Nix ICE Doc's Subpoena Of Detainees' Lawyer Punted

    A south Georgia federal court has ruled it lacks jurisdiction over a doctor's subpoena seeking to depose the lawyer representing migrant women who accuse the doctor of performing unnecessary procedures on them without consent at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, punting the motion upstate. 

  • September 22, 2023

    Eyewear Co. Sues Ga. Biz For Patent Infringement

    Oregon-based eyewear company VDPP LLC sued Barco Inc. in a Georgia federal court Thursday, claiming the Georgia-based visualization solutions company infringed two of its patents for 3D glasses.

  • September 22, 2023

    11th Circ. Not Convinced $2.67B Blue Cross Deal Was Bad

    The Eleventh Circuit didn't seem to be buying what objectors to a $2.67 billion antitrust deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield were selling Friday during oral arguments, where the panel heard from more than half a dozen attorneys, and one pro se litigant, on why they should or should not undo the settlement.

  • September 22, 2023

    Software Co. Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Licensing Deal Suit

    Arno Resources LLC urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to revive its suit accusing the former owners of a now-dissolved gaming company of violating a software development agreement by licensing the software to third parties, arguing that the lower court should not have dismissed the claims for lack of jurisdiction.

  • September 22, 2023

    Ga. Libel Litigants Face Essay Style Sanctions

    A Georgia federal judge ordered both sides of a defamation lawsuit to read moderate conservative cultural commentator David Brooks' column entitled "How Did America Get So Mean?" as a sanction in the libel suit that the judge said "devolved into a particular form of meanness — social media harassment," while also handing defendants a win.

  • September 22, 2023

    Georgia DAs' Fear Of 'Witch Hunt' Unfounded, Judge Told

    Counsel for members of Georgia's new commission tasked with investigating complaints against prosecutors urged an Atlanta judge Friday to reject an attempt by four district attorneys to halt the commission's work before it starts accepting complaints Oct. 1.

  • September 22, 2023

    Atlanta Wants River Group's 'Cop City' Challenge Tossed

    The city of Atlanta and its police foundation have asked a Georgia federal court to either dismiss or abstain from hearing a Clean Water Act suit brought against them by an environmental group over the construction of the $90 million "Cop City" law enforcement training complex.

  • September 22, 2023

    Feta Maker Puts Greek Font Labeling Suit Out To Pasture

    A New York federal judge tossed a proposed class action alleging a feta cheese maker falsely brands itself as having Greek origins, saying it's unreasonable to conclude that a consumer would be duped to believe the product was made in Greece based "on little more than a font style."

  • September 22, 2023

    Alabama Reps. Urge High Court To Uphold Congressional Map

    Republican members of Alabama's House delegation have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a three-judge panel's order to redraw the state's congressional map amid a lawsuit from voters, arguing the issue they raise is one of "partisan gerrymandering" and not "racial gerrymandering."

  • September 22, 2023

    How Latham Attys Won $200M Trade Secrets Case In Ga. Trial

    Following almost nine years of litigation, Georgia manufacturer Universal Alloy Corp. defeated allegations it stole Alcoa's trade secrets and a $200 million contract with Boeing for aircraft wing parts. Here, UAC's lead trial attorneys from Latham & Watkins LLP reveal to Law360 how they did it.

  • September 21, 2023

    Chesebro Wants Evidence Excluded In Ga. Election Case

    Former Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro, one of two defendants in the Georgia election interference case scheduled for trial in October, has asked the judge to throw out key evidence the state plans to use, including legal memos specifically mentioned in the indictment.

  • September 21, 2023

    Real Estate Rumors: Elton John, Albany Road, Penske Media

    Elton John is rumored to be leaving Atlanta after listing his condo for nearly $5 million, investment firm Albany Road Real Estate Partners has reportedly purchased nearly 30 acres in South Florida for $21 million, and Penske Media is said to be moving its headquarters after signing a 125,000-square-foot lease in Los Angeles.

  • September 21, 2023

    Hartford Unit Scores 11th Circ. Win In Opioid Coverage Row

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a Hartford unit's early win in an opioid drugmaker's coverage dispute, agreeing with an Alabama federal judge that the carrier was not provided with timely notice.

  • September 21, 2023

    Delta Freed From Ghostwritten Bias Suit In Ga.

    Delta Airlines Inc. had been freed from a pro se plaintiff's discrimination lawsuit by a Georgia federal judge on the recommendation of a federal magistrate judge who suggested both a quick end to the litigation and sanctions for the plaintiff over concerns that a serial litigator ghostwrote her lawsuit.

  • September 21, 2023

    EPA Air Plan Disapproval Must Fail, Alabama Tells 11th Circ.

    Alabama and two power providers told the Eleventh Circuit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in disapproving the state's implementation plan for federal ozone standards after wrongly finding Alabama's emissions are contributing to downwind air quality problems.

  • September 21, 2023

    McGuireWoods Adds Top Ga. Politics Pro To Gov't Affairs Arm

    A former chief of staff to the Georgia Speaker of the House has joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior vice president.

  • September 21, 2023

    Panel Lifts Restrictions On Ga. Gas Station In Nuisance Case

    Restrictions on the operation of a gas station and convenience store considered by the city of Atlanta to be a public nuisance were imposed without authority by a municipal judge, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled.

  • September 21, 2023

    11th Circ. Frees Insurers From Covering $54M Tenant Award

    Insurers for a pair of apartment management companies have no duty to cover a $54 million arbitration award over underlying claims of poor living conditions at a federally subsidized Georgia apartment complex, the Eleventh Circuit ruled, finding it was the management companies that breached their policies.

  • September 21, 2023

    Nonprofit Counters Atlanta In 'Cop City' Referendum Row

    A voting advocacy nonprofit group called on the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a Georgia federal court's ruling barring the enforcement of an Atlanta ordinance requiring signature gatherers for a referendum vote on a controversial "Cop City" training facility to be city residents.

  • September 21, 2023

    Actuarial Co. To Pay $7.75M In Retirement Plan Privacy Suit

    A benefits consulting firm agreed to shell out $7.75 million to wrap up a proposed class action claiming the company's negligence allowed hackers to access the personal data of millions of retirement plan participants, according to a Georgia federal court filing.

  • September 20, 2023

    Ex-Pastor Seeks Default Win On His Defamation Claims In NC

    Larry Reid, an Atlanta-based online talk-show host and former pastor, has asked a North Carolina federal judge to grant him a victory by default for his defamation claims against one of his former parishioners who claimed Reid molested him as a teenager, arguing his accuser has failed to answer the claims. 

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Circuit Rulings Confirm Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Refund Trend

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    Recent Ninth and Eleventh Circuit rulings that Chapter 11 debtors are entitled to refunds for unconstitutional bankruptcy trustee fees paid under the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act support a developing trend in debtors' favor, making it likely that courts considering the same question will follow suit, says Adam Herring at Nelson Mullins.

  • In Ga., Promptness Is Key To Setting Aside Default Judgments

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    The Georgia Court of Appeals' recent vacating of a lower court's decision to set aside a default judgment against Samsung Electronics America is a reminder of the processes and arguments provided by Georgia's statutes for challenging default judgments — including the importance of responding quickly, says Katy Robertson at Swift Currie.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Ore. Warranty Ruling Complicates Insurance Classification

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    The Oregon Court of Appeals' recent TruNorth v. Department of Consumer and Business Services holding that a service contract — commonly referred to as an extended warranty — covering commercial property is subject to the state's consumer service contract laws raises regulatory questions for contract obligors, sellers and administrators, say attorneys at Locke Lord.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Post-Mallory, Calif. Personal Jurisdiction Unlikely To Expand

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway decision, affirming that registration to do business in Pennsylvania means consenting to be sued in that state's courts, could prompt other states to experiment with similar laws — but such efforts would likely fail in California, say Virginia Milstead and Raza Rasheed at Skadden.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Lessons From High-Profile Witness Tampering Allegations

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    As demonstrated by recent developments in the cases against former President Donald Trump and FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, allegations of witness tampering can carry serious consequences — but attorneys can employ certain strategies to mitigate the risk that accusations arise, says Kenneth Notter at MoloLamken.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • The 7 Most Notable FCRA Cases Of 2023 So Far

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    Both consumer reporting agencies and furnishers should take note of Fair Credit Reporting Act decisions by federal district and appellate courts so far this year, especially those concerning dispute processing and the distinction between legal and factual inaccuracies, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 3 Factors That May Complicate Jury Selection In Trump Trials

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    As former President Donald Trump prepares to face four trials in Georgia, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C., judges and attorneys in these venues may find it challenging to seat fair and impartial juries for several key reasons, says Richard Gabriel at Decision Analysis.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

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