Georgia

  • October 22, 2021

    CoreCivic Still Can't Nix Suit Over Body Cavity Search

    Private prison company CoreCivic has failed to end a suit over allegations that one of its employees subjected a correctional officer to a warrantless and dehumanizing body cavity search, with a Georgia federal court saying Friday newly filed documents had satisfied an earlier defect.

  • October 22, 2021

    Cox Appeals Chancery Ruling That Killed Verizon Deal

    Cox Communications Inc. appealed a Chancery decision that killed an about-to-launch wireless pact with Verizon to the Delaware Supreme Court Friday, calling it "a sweeping restraint on Cox's business" that has cast a "cloud of uncertainty" over Cox's ability to ever enter the wireless market.

  • October 22, 2021

    Ga. Judge Can't Extend Noncompete, Appeals Court Says

    A trial court's extension of a contractual noncompete provision was improper, the Georgia Court of Appeals said Thursday, reversing the trial court's indefinite ban on the operators of a towing business from competing with the company they sold to.

  • October 22, 2021

    Ga. High Court Rule Change To Limit Improper Direct Appeals

    The Supreme Court of Georgia has changed its rules to limit improper direct appeals by adding a requirement for appellants to include at the outset a specific showing of how their cases reach the high court's jurisdiction.

  • October 22, 2021

    11th Circ. Upholds Convictions In Boiler Room Scam

    The Eleventh Circuit reversed the acquittals of two officers of a Florida microcap company accused of defrauding investors nationwide and upheld the conviction of three others, saying prosecutors' behavior in the case didn't rise to formal misconduct.

  • October 21, 2021

    Ga. Judges Won't Revive City's Energy Purchase Suit

    The Georgia Court of Appeals let stand a jury verdict clearing the city of Sandersville from allegations it improperly stopped paying for electricity under a $41 million contract with the city of College Park.

  • October 21, 2021

    Commissioners Clash Over FERC Power Market Plan Inaction

    Republicans on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday claimed that their Democratic colleagues are trying to force southeastern states to join regional transmission organizations, an accusation one Democratic commissioner derided as a "straw man."

  • October 21, 2021

    Snapchat Tells Ga. Justices Speed Filter Safe Unless Misused

    In fighting a Georgia couple's bid to revive their personal injury case over a distracted driver, Snapchat on Thursday likened the "speed filter" of its social media application to any product that could cause harm when misused.

  • October 21, 2021

    Wine Co. Owner Says $27M Arbitration Voided By Secret Deal

    The majority shareholder of a Chilean wine company told the Eleventh Circuit that other controlling shareholders illegally colluded with each other against him during arbitration to procure an award worth more than $27 million.

  • October 21, 2021

    Top Ga. Justice Hints Double Recovery Of Atty Fees Allowed

    The chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court indicated Thursday that a car wreck plaintiff can recover attorney fees and litigation costs under each of two Georgia statutes without it constituting impermissible double recovery.

  • October 21, 2021

    Ga. Court Leery Of Class Status In Walking Trail Fight

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday sounded skeptical of efforts by landowners to move forward as a class with claims that Atlanta improperly took their land for the BeltLine walking trail.

  • October 20, 2021

    Biden Admin. Drives 'Remain In Mexico' Fight Amid Criticism

    The Biden administration struck back at a Texas federal judge's order to restart the Remain in Mexico program in its appellate reply brief Tuesday, calling the court's read of the federal immigration statute "deeply intrusive," as groups on both sides criticized the government's handling of the program's end.

  • October 20, 2021

    Purdue Asks To Pay Ch. 11 Costs Of Government Committees

    Bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP asked for permission from a New York judge late Tuesday to pay $12.4 million in fees and expenses incurred by committees of nonconsenting state and local governments during a Chapter 11 plan mediation process.

  • October 20, 2021

    Ga. Judges Drop Malpractice Claim Over Firm's Escrow Duty

    A Georgia law firm that acted as an escrow agent for a failed $1.6 million property purchase had no attorney-client relationship with the seller that would support the seller's legal malpractice claim, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

  • October 20, 2021

    3 Firms Steer Blackstone's $1.2B Deal For Spanx

    Womenswear brand Spanx said Wednesday that Blackstone will grab a majority stake in the company at a $1.2 billion valuation, in a deal guided by Cravath, Simpson Thacher, and King & Spalding.

  • October 20, 2021

    11th Circ. Upholds Atlanta's Restrictions On Adult Stores

    The Eleventh Circuit has rejected a challenge to Atlanta's zoning ordinance for adult bookstores and video shops, saying the shop owners failed to show the regulations are overly broad.

  • October 20, 2021

    Jones Day Atty Tapped As Ga.'s New Solicitor General

    A Jones Day associate will be Georgia's new solicitor general, the state's attorney general announced Wednesday.

  • October 20, 2021

    Ga. Justices To Review General Motors CEO Deposition Fight

    The Georgia Supreme Court will review whether the CEO of General Motors can be deposed in a Georgia widower's product liability suit, in a case that could change how top corporate brass are treated in state court.

  • October 20, 2021

    Ga. High Court Denies Cert. In Abortion Clinic Nuisance Case

    The Supreme Court of Georgia has turned away an effort by business owners near an abortion clinic to reinstate a $1.1 million verdict in their favor stemming from alleged disruptions caused by protestors.

  • October 19, 2021

    11th Circ. Won't Disturb Regions Bank Check Kiting Rulings

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Florida federal court's decisions that cleared an investor in a $64 million Ponzi scheme from Regions Bank's claim that he knowingly kited checks to cover up the fraud but also left him on the hook for $6 million in overdraft fees.

  • October 19, 2021

    Ga. High Court Won't Take $8M 'Walking Dead' Stuntman Case

    The Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday declined a bid to revive an $8 million verdict awarded to the parents of a stuntman who died while filming "The Walking Dead."

  • October 19, 2021

    Ga. Justices Leery That Insurance Waives Immunity For Cities

    Justices on the Supreme Court of Georgia appeared skeptical Tuesday of a lower court ruling that Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. can't cap its liability coverage for the City of College Park at $700,000 for an incident in which three people died after a police chase.

  • October 19, 2021

    Atlanta Lateral Market Stays Hot As Firms Pay Up For Talent

    BigLaw's Atlanta outposts are offering enticing salaries and poaching partners from smaller firms amid a lateral-hiring boom that experts say shows no signs of slowing down.

  • October 19, 2021

    Ga. Justices See Holes In Atty Group's Attack On Bar's Advice

    Georgia Supreme Court justices showed support Tuesday for the state bar's proposed guidance on ex parte communication, and highlighted flaws with a defense attorney group's bid to restrict lawyers from talking with former employees of organizations involved in litigation.

  • October 19, 2021

    Real Estate Pros Look To Nix Clients' Easement Tax Fraud Suit

    A group of real estate practices and professionals urged a Georgia federal court to toss a suit accusing them of promoting illegitimate conservation easement schemes, saying clients were warned about the tax and audit risks of their investments.

Expert Analysis

  • Financial Planning Tips For Retiring Law Firm Partners

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    As the pandemic accelerates retirement plans for many, Michael Delgass at Wealthspire Advisors outlines some financial considerations unique to law firm partners, including the need for adequate liquidity whether they have capital accounts or pension plans.

  • Preparing Remote Deposition Defenses For Corporate Entities

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    As remote depositions will remain common for the foreseeable future, attorneys defending a deposition notice or subpoena to a corporation should implement certain strategies to mitigate unique challenges, such as less planning time and increased difficulty of establishing rapport with witnesses, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • 4 Antitrust Risk Areas To Watch For Government Contractors

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    To plan for the increased likelihood of detection and stiff penalties for antitrust violations following the anticipated passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, compliance efforts should focus on joint bidding, dual distribution, legal certifications, and hiring and compensation, say Andre Geverola and Lori Taubman at Arnold & Porter.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • Tips For Cos. On Ga. College Athlete Endorsement Law

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    Georgia recently joined many other U.S. states in adopting a statute enabling collegiate athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, but some of the law's restrictions diverge from typical expectations of celebrity endorsements and similar arrangements, so potential sponsors must proceed with caution, say attorneys at BCLP.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • How Ga. High Court Ruling May Shape Damage Liability

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    The Georgia Supreme Court’s recent holding in Alston & Bird v. Hatcher Management that damages cannot be apportioned to nonparties in single-defendant cases means parties facing tort claims will need to explore various avenues to counter this precarious result, say Christian Bromley and Kevin Arocha at BCLP.

  • Perspectives

    One-Subject Rule Strategy Can Defeat Dangerous State Laws

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    Attorneys at Ulmer & Berne explain how single-subject rule violation claims can thwart certain unconstitutional or controversial state statutes and protect civil rights in the face of state governments under one-party rule.

  • Series

    Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: Wis. Tackles Climate Risk

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    Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Mark Afable talks about educating consumers on potential climate-risk coverage gaps and mitigation efforts, and encouraging insurers to recognize the latter in underwriting, in the face of increasingly frequent and severe weather disasters.

  • How 6th Circ. May Resolve District Court TCPA Exception Split

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    Depending on how the Sixth Circuit, in Lindenbaum v. Realgy, resolves a district court split over whether severance of the government debt exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act excuses otherwise unlawful robocalls, defense counsel may have to seek alternative arguments if they want their cases dismissed, says Arielle Katz at Gibbons.

  • Rebuttal

    FCA Relator Pursuit Of DOJ's Declined Cases Is Vital

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    While a recent Law360 guest article suggests that the U.S. Department of Justice consider dismissing all False Claims Act cases it declines, that policy would undermine the FCA's broad remedial purpose of empowering private citizens to combat fraud against the government, say Jacklyn DeMar at Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund and Renée Brooker at Tycko & Zavareei.

  • Texas Ruling Shows Weight Of State Immunity In IP Claims

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    Unusual circumstances led to the Texas Supreme Court’s recent copyright decision in Jim Olive v. University of Houston — a case that likely should have been subject to federal preemption — and the court’s conclusions reveal that copyright owners may have little redress when a state government infringes their intellectual property rights, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

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