Georgia

  • September 30, 2022

    Atlanta, Ex-Mayor Dodge White Worker's Race Bias Claims

    The city of Atlanta and its former mayor don't have to face allegations that a white department director was paid less than Black colleagues, after a Georgia federal judge said she hasn't shown that department head salaries were based on race rather than responsibilities.

  • September 30, 2022

    11th Circ. Says Solid Atlanta Harassment Policy Dooms Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday backed the city of Atlanta's win in four female employees' lawsuit alleging the city didn't take proper action after they complained about a colleague sexually harassing them, ruling the city had a solid reporting policy in place that the workers failed to use.

  • September 30, 2022

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Takes Bench, Makes History

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson received her official commission Friday in a ceremony attended by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, becoming the first Black female justice to take the nation's top bench in its 230-year history.

  • September 29, 2022

    Georgia Developer Sues County For Nixing I-20 Travel Plaza

    An Atlanta-area county's rule barring new truck stops unlawfully thwarted plans for a QuikTrip-branded travel plaza near Interstate 20, a Georgia real estate company said, alleging violations of a federal statute and the Constitution in federal court.

  • September 29, 2022

    Ahmaud Arbery's Mother Fights DAs' Bid To End Civil Case

    Wanda Cooper, the mother of slain Black man Ahmaud Arbery, has responded in opposition to various motions to dismiss her civil case against the former and current district attorneys and others who handled the criminal investigation into her son's murder.

  • September 29, 2022

    11th Circ. Reverses Geico's Early Win In $18M Golf Cart Case

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a golf cart is covered by a Geico auto insurance policy issued to the cart driver's parents, reversing a Florida district court's decision that the insurer doesn't have to cover an $18 million collision between the golf vehicle and a car. 

  • September 29, 2022

    Ga. Woman Ends Legal Malpractice Suit Against Fla. Firm

    Attorneys at Florida law firm Gary Williams Parenti Watson and a former Gary Williams attorney told a Georgia federal judge on Wednesday that their former client, a Georgia woman who sued them in December 2020, has agreed to permanently dismiss her legal malpractice, fraud and other claims.

  • September 29, 2022

    Ga. Panel Issues Mixed-Bag Ruling In Property Transfer Case

    A Georgia resident's transfer of three properties while in default on a $2 million bank loan was fraudulent, the Georgia Court of Appeals found Thursday, reversing a lower court's finding about a fourth property transfer.

  • September 29, 2022

    Disbarred Atty Arrested Over Attempt To Practice Law

    A disbarred Georgia attorney was arrested at a municipal court last week and is now facing criminal charges for allegedly trying to practice law without a license.

  • September 28, 2022

    Jury Awards Trans Deputy Damages In Transition Surgery Suit

    A federal jury awarded a deputy sheriff $60,000 in emotional damages in her suit alleging the Georgia county she worked for and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield unlawfully denied her health care coverage for gender transition surgery.

  • September 28, 2022

    Netflix Urges Ga. Judges To Reject Franchise Fee Attempt

    Netflix, Hulu and other streaming service giants urged the Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday to affirm that they don't have to pay franchise fees to local authorities under the state's Consumer Choice for Television Act.

  • September 28, 2022

    Ga. Panel Ponders Insurer's Office Closure In Service Dispute

    An insurer argued Wednesday before the Georgia Court of Appeals that a default judgment against it in a church's Hurricane Irma coverage suit should be tossed because the church improperly tried to serve the complaint via the state insurance commissioner since an agent's office was closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • September 28, 2022

    Global Self-Storage Builder In Ga. Promotes Atty To GC

    Temple, Georgia-headquartered Janus International Group Inc. has named a general counsel, elevating its corporate counsel who has worked with the self-storage manufacturer and supplier for four years, including representing the company when it went public last year.

  • September 28, 2022

    Contractor Cops To Forced Labor Of Migrant Farmworkers

    A fourth person pled guilty to being part of a scheme to force Mexican migrants to work against their will for a Florida-based farm labor contracting company, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 27, 2022

    Ga. Judge Says College Can't Escape Ex-Staffer's Bias Case

    A Georgia federal judge refused to let the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia off the hook in a bias case brought by a former Valdosta State University administrator, according to an order that also partially granted her request for more documents from the university system.

  • September 27, 2022

    Colliers Says Insurer Owes $1M Defense Costs For Broker Suit

    Colliers International - Atlanta LLC and its former insurer, a unit of The Hartford, battled in a Georgia federal court Tuesday over the commercial real estate agency's request for more than $1 million it spent defending allegations that it failed to supervise a corrupt broker.

  • September 27, 2022

    UPS Beats Ex-Worker's Sex Harassment, Retaliation Suit

    A Georgia federal judge granted UPS a win in a former supervisor's suit claiming he was sexually harassed, discriminated against and then fired in retaliation for reporting the conduct, ruling that the worker didn't put forward enough evidence to support his claims.

  • September 27, 2022

    Ga. Firm Wants Fees For Deal Enforcement Bid In Realty Row

    A Georgia law firm that was sued over its role as an escrow agent in a failed $1.6 million property purchase urged a state court Tuesday to compel the would-be buyer to cover its legal costs for a bid to enforce a settlement agreement freeing it from the case.

  • September 27, 2022

    White & Case Adds 2 Real Estate Pros From Paul Hastings

    White & Case LLP has continued to expand its global mergers and acquisitions practice and real estate group with the addition of partners in New York and Houston, both of whom came aboard from Paul Hastings LLP.

  • September 27, 2022

    11th Circ. Revives Fla. Atty's Bid To Block IRS On Testimony

    A Florida attorney can seek a protective order to bar the IRS from using potentially incriminating testimony in a penalty investigation into allegations that he ran a $35 million tax scheme, the Eleventh Circuit ruled, reversing a lower court's decision.

  • September 27, 2022

    Contractor Urges 11th Circ. To Uphold Win In Race Bias Suit

    A bridge construction company urged the Eleventh Circuit to keep its win in three Black former employees' discrimination suit, saying the district court correctly found that the workers needed to show that race was the basis for their firing.

  • September 26, 2022

    Ford Says 'Death Penalty Sanctions' Caused $1.7B Trial Loss

    Ford Motor Co. requested a new trial on Monday following a $1.7 billion jury loss, telling a Georgia state court that "death penalty sanctions" precluded it from defending itself against allegations that older Super Duty pickups have defective roofs, and that contributed to a Georgia couple's death in a rollover accident.

  • September 26, 2022

    Railroad Says Insurer Shirked Ga. Wrongful Death Indemnity

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. asked a Georgia federal court Monday to find an insurer must pay to defend a wrongful death lawsuit brought against it by the husband of a woman killed by a train while crossing tracks in 2021.

  • September 26, 2022

    Insurer Can't Escape Bad-Faith Claims, Ga. Gas Cos. Say

    Navigators Insurance Co. can't escape its coverage duties to Atlanta Gas Light Co. even if its named insured reached a settlement over a gas leak explosion that injured three people, the gas company told an Indiana federal court Monday, arguing it is entitled to additional insured coverage.

  • September 26, 2022

    Pioneering Ga. Judge Eyes Retirement After Nearly 30 Years

    The chief judge of the state trial court in Clayton County, Georgia, is retiring at the end of the year after almost 30 years on the bench, including two decades as the court's first and only female judge.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Practicality Over Perfection

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Wooden v. U.S. last year, I discovered that preparation is key, but so is the right kind of preparation — in giving decisive answers to the U.S. Supreme Court justices' hypothetical questions I was not aiming for perfection, just the best response available, says Allon Kedem at Arnold & Porter.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • High Court Likely To Review Social Media Speech Censorship

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    In light of the circuit split on whether two state laws intended to prohibit social media platforms from censoring speech violate the First Amendment — and Justice Samuel Alito's recent dissent in support of U.S. Supreme Court review — it's very probable that at least one of the laws at issue will head to the high court, say attorneys at Cahill Gordon.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • 11th Circ. Ruling Emphasizes Article III Struggles After Spokeo

    The Eleventh Circuit's element-comparison test in Hunstein v. Preferred Collection to determine when intangible harm meets Article III standing sparked a sharp divide in the court, showing the struggle with this analysis will likely continue in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo v. Robins decision, say attorneys at Hinshaw & Culbertson.

  • Considerations For Interstate Travel For Abortion Post-Dobbs

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    Due to the patchwork of state laws regarding the legality of abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, it's important to consider the state of current and potential laws about traveling for abortion services, say Virginia Bell Flynn and Tina Safi Felahi at Troutman Pepper.

  • The Murky Status Of TCPA Standing In The 11th Circ.

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    The Eleventh Circuit's lack of clarity regarding Telephone Consumer Protection Act standing, which it acknowledged in its recent Drazen v. Pinto decision, may be rooted in a number of cases involving different subsections of the TCPA, say Aaron Weiss and Charles Throckmorton at Carlton Fields.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

  • AML Regulation Of Lawyers Is Imminent And Controversial

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    The U.S. House of Representatives' recently passed National Defense Authorization Act subjects lawyers engaged in certain financial-related activities to anti-money laundering regulation under the Bank Secrecy Act, which could pit lawyers against clients in ways harmful to the rule of law and administration of justice, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

  • Key Adaptations For Law Firms Amid Quiet Quitting Movement

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    While quiet quitting may not be sustainable at law firms with billable hour requirements, there are specific steps law firms should take to maintain engagement and otherwise respond to the trend's underlying message that associates won't spend all their waking hours at work if they don't feel it's worthwhile, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • Creating A Hybrid Work Policy? Be Intentional And Inclusive

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    The pandemic has changed expectations for the future of work forever, and as more employees demand hybrid working options, law firms must develop policies and models that are intentional, inclusive and iterative to lead the industry into the future, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Humane Layoffs As Recession Looms

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    Amid warnings of a global recession, law firms should prepare for the possibility of associate layoffs, aiming for an empathetic approach and avoiding common mistakes that make the emotional impact on departing attorneys worse, say Jarrett Green, a wellness consultant, and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Consider Liability Before Accessing Workers' Personal Emails

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    A Georgia state appeals court's ruling in Patel v. Duke Hospitality around monitoring employee computer and email use demonstrates that employers must establish airtight legal justification, backed by company policies and employee consent, before initiating digital investigations that may lead to access of personal employee accounts, says Benjamin Fink at Berman Fink.

  • Learning From Trump And Bannon Discovery Strategies

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    Court-imposed sanctions on both former President Donald Trump and his former aide Steve Bannon for failing to comply with subpoenas illustrate that efforts to bar the door to valid discovery can quickly escalate, so litigants faced with challenging discovery disputes should adopt a pragmatic approach, say Mathea Bulander and Monica McCarroll at Redgrave.

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