Georgia

  • March 15, 2024

    Trump Case DA Won DQ Battle, But Legal War Far From Over

    The resignation of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' former romantic partner and top lieutenant in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump and others will not end the legal wrangling or intense scrutiny over Willis' presence in the high-profile case, experts told Law360.

  • March 15, 2024

    Atlanta Police Taser Trial Ends In Late Night Mistrial

    A four-day Georgia federal trial over allegations that a former Atlanta Police Department officer Tasered a woman while she was handcuffed during a traffic stop ended in a mistrial late Friday night with the trial's eight jurors unable to agree on a verdict.

  • March 15, 2024

    Perdue Beats Back Chicken Farmers' OT Collective Cert. Bid

    A Georgia federal judge refused to certify a proposed collective action of broiler chicken farmers claiming Perdue Foods LLC misclassified them as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime, saying one single opt-in after six months of discovery is insufficient to show that other farmers are interested in joining the suit.

  • March 15, 2024

    Ga. Juror's Google Search Sinks Child Cruelty Conviction

    A Georgia court of appeals threw out in part a man's conviction in a sexual battery and cruelty to children case after a juror looked up the charges on Google during re-deliberation, finding Friday that he is entitled to a new trial on one of the seven counts against him.

  • March 15, 2024

    NCAA Trans Policies Attacked By Female Student-Athletes

    A group of female college athletes have attacked the National Collegiate Athletic Association's transgender policies, alleging that the group violated their civil rights to retain its control over monetized college sports, according to a proposed class action filed in Georgia federal court.

  • March 15, 2024

    Alston & Bird, Ex-Employee File Deal After Contempt Threat

    Alston & Bird LLP and its former diversity and inclusion administrator have presented their proposed $55,000 settlement in Georgia federal court concerning unpaid overtime claims, after a judge ordered them to appear in court to explain why they hadn't already filed one.

  • March 15, 2024

    Wade Resigns From Ga. Election Case After Judge's Ultimatum

    Special prosecutor Nathan Wade resigned Friday from the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants, hours after a judge ruled that either he or Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis must do so in order for the case to move forward.

  • March 14, 2024

    Life Became 'Pointless' After Handcuffed Tasering, Jury Hears

    A woman who says she was Tasered while handcuffed by a former Atlanta Police Department officer told jurors Thursday that the trauma of the 2018 incident had, in the intervening years, shattered her career, her relationships with her friends and family, and her sense of self.

  • March 14, 2024

    No New Trial In $22M Death Case, Georgia Court Says

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday said a trial court rightly refused to grant an off-road adventure park's motions for directed verdict and new trial in a case in which a jury awarded $22 million to the wife of a man who died while riding his dirt bike on a park trail. 

  • March 14, 2024

    Trump Can't Duck Classified Doc Charges Over Vagueness

    The Florida federal judge overseeing the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate denied his bid Thursday to toss the indictment based on the "unconstitutional vagueness" of the Espionage Act, opting instead to punt the issue to later in the case.

  • March 14, 2024

    Ga. Farm Retreat Fails to Back H-2B Bid With Growing Season

    An administrative law judge on Wednesday shot down a Georgia farm retreat's bid to temporarily hire foreign employees during the Peach State's growing period, saying in two decisions that the employer failed to show that either of the job positions were seasonal.

  • March 14, 2024

    Ex-Mechanic, Trucking Co. Reach Deal In OT Suit

    A former employee and a transportation company told a Georgia federal judge they have reached a deal to end the worker's lawsuit alleging he was misclassified as an independent contractor and shorted overtime wages, saying he will recover all of his missing pay under the settlement.

  • March 14, 2024

    Sanctions Order Tossed In Ga. Convenience Store Attack Suit

    A Georgia appeals court has vacated sanctions and a default judgment against Golden Pantry Food Stores Inc. in a suit over an attack that happened at one of its stores, saying the trial court used the wrong standard when it found the store destroyed relevant video evidence.

  • March 14, 2024

    Security Guards Score $132K Win In Drawn-Out Wage Suit​​​​​​​

    A Georgia security company must pay nearly $132,000 to four guards for years of unpaid overtime wages and retaliation after the company failed for years to respond to its workers' class action according to a Peach State federal judge's ruling.

  • March 14, 2024

    Appeals Court Frees Atlanta Theme Park From Injury Suit

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday said a trial court should have freed an Atlanta-based theme park from negligence claims levied against it by a man who was injured when another patron crashed into the back of his go-kart.

  • March 14, 2024

    Ex-Drew Eckl Attys' Arbitration Fight To Get Appellate Review

    The Georgia Court of Appeals agreed Thursday to take up a bid from former Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP partners who say that the firm they helped co-found, Burke Moore Law Group LLP, should not be beholden to arbitration with Drew Eckl in a fees dispute because of agreements they signed.

  • March 14, 2024

    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

  • March 14, 2024

    EPA Slashes Ethylene Oxide Emissions Levels For Sterilizers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized new Clean Air Act standards that it said will reduce emissions of ethylene oxide from commercial sterilization facilities by 90%, an action the agency said is necessary to help reduce the impact of the carcinogen on communities.

  • March 13, 2024

    Probe Found Woman 'Likely' Tasered By Ex-Atlanta Cop

    An Atlanta Police Department internal affairs investigator found that a former officer "more than likely" tasered a woman during a 2018 traffic stop at the heart of a federal civil rights lawsuit, according to testimony from the investigating officer presented in a jury trial Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-Alston & Bird Aide Should Arbitrate Vax Suit, Judge Says

    A former Alston & Bird LLP aide fired for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 should have to take her discrimination claims against the firm to arbitration, a Georgia magistrate judge recommended Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2024

    Womble Bond Adds Parker Hudson Corporate Pros In Atlanta

    Womble Bond Dickinson has strengthened its corporate capabilities by adding two former Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP attorneys in Atlanta, including a former Womble Bond partner who is returning to the firm.

  • March 13, 2024

    Walmart Loses Bid To Reduce Ga. $300K Slip-And-Fall Verdict

    A Georgia Court of Appeals panel has rejected Walmart's attempt to cut three-quarters of a $300,000 award to a customer who was seriously injured after slipping in one of its stores, ruling new information that surfaced during litigation overrode a federal order limiting damage recovery in the case.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ga. Judge Tosses 6 Counts In Trump Indictment

    A Georgia judge on Wednesday threw out six counts of the indictment charging former President Donald Trump and several of his co-defendants with solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, saying the state didn't provide enough detail in the charges to allow the defendants to properly defend themselves.

  • March 12, 2024

    Atlanta Cop Made Traffic Stop 'A Nightmare,' Jury Told

    Attorneys for a woman who was allegedly tasered by an ex-Atlanta Police Department officer told a federal jury Tuesday the officer had "turned a routine traffic stop into a nightmare," as a civil trial began Tuesday over the more than five-year-old excessive force case.

  • March 12, 2024

    Retirees Seek Final OK On $8.7M Data Breach Settlement

    Employer benefit plan members whose sensitive data was exposed in a massive breach at a consulting company have asked a Georgia federal judge to approve an $8.7 million agreement to resolve allegations the firm failed to protect their information.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • 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.

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