Georgia

  • 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.

  • October 19, 2021

    Ga. Justices Grant ACLU Win In Atty's Defamation Case

    The Georgia Supreme Court said Tuesday that a public defender's claims that the American Civil Liberties Union defamed him by calling him "crooked" should have been dismissed under the state's anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation law.

  • October 18, 2021

    11th Circ. Rejects Gender Bias Suit Over Fla. Felon Voting Law

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday refused to revive a gender and race discrimination challenge to a Florida law that requires former felons to pay all fines and fees before allowing them to vote, after finding that the two women who filed the suit failed to show that gender was a motivating factor in the passage of the law.

  • October 18, 2021

    Ex-Ga. Insurance Commissioner To Appeal 7-Year Prison Term

    Georgia's former insurance commissioner filed a notice of appeal of his seven-year prison sentence and a $2.6 million restitution order, following a jury's verdict saying he is guilty of 37 counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering and aiding the filing of false tax returns.

  • October 18, 2021

    Ga. Judges Find Daughter Can't Sue Over Father's Death

    A Georgia appeals court ruled on Monday that the daughter of a man who died after experiencing a stroke can't file a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor and medical group, because only the surviving spouse has the exclusive right to bring such a claim under state law.

  • October 18, 2021

    Truck Driver's Estate Loses Subrogation Action Appeal

    The Georgia Court of Appeals has knocked down an attempt by the estate of a worker injured in a truck collision to claim a piece of an insurance settlement secured through a subrogation action.

  • October 18, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: JB Capital, Agave, Yazvinski

    A JB Capital Management venture is said to have paid $25.5 million for a Florida retail center, Agave Restaurant and Tequila Bar has reportedly leased 4,400 square feet in New York and investor Vadzim Yazvinski is said to have paid $12.5 million for a Florida retail property.

  • October 18, 2021

    Ga. Justice Breaks New Ground With Judicial Maternity Leave

    When a Georgia Supreme Court justice became the first active judge on the court to give birth, she broke new ground by taking judicial maternity leave and helped lead the way for prospective and working mothers who want to climb the legal ladder with families in tow.

  • October 18, 2021

    Stites & Harbison Adds Ex-Chartwell Law Atty

    Stites & Harbison PLLC said a former Chartwell Law partner in Atlanta has joined its torts and insurance practice and business litigation team to advise clients while based in Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee.

  • October 18, 2021

    Embattled Ga. Probate Judge Escapes Suspension Bid

    The Supreme Court of Georgia declined to suspend a state probate court judge accused of illegally jailing a citizen, among a host of other ethics violations, but said it's concerned about the number and severity of complaints against her.

  • October 18, 2021

    T-Mobile Seeks Arbitration Of Consumer's Data Breach Suit

    T-Mobile wants to end a proposed class action over its massive consumer data breach, arguing in Georgia federal court that all customers agreed to arbitrate claims against T-Mobile upon signing the terms and conditions when opening a line.

  • October 18, 2021

    Lin Wood Asks 11th Circ. To Recuse Judge From Bar Suit

    Right-wing attorney L. Lin Wood is asking the Eleventh Circuit to recuse a federal judge who dismissed his challenge to the Georgia state bar's efforts to have him undergo a mental health evaluation, and wants the lawsuit reinstated.

  • October 18, 2021

    3 Firms Guide €709M Deal For Silver Lake Stake In Euroclear

    Technology-focused private equity firm Silver Lake, led by Simpson Thacher and Loyens & Loeff, said Monday it's buying a nearly 10% stake in financial market infrastructure company Euroclear Holding NA/SV from Stibbe-guided Intercontinental Exchange Inc. for €709 million (about $824 million).

  • October 15, 2021

    Nursing Home Chain Gets OK For $25M In Ch. 11 Financing

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said she will sign off on a nursing home chain's $25 million Chapter 11 financing package from its primary landlord as buyers are sought for the company's 28 facilities in three states.

  • October 15, 2021

    Insurers Say GE Knew About Turbine Issues In Plant Failure

    A group of insurance and reinsurance companies is suing General Electric to recoup losses incurred in connection with a turbine blade failure at an Algerian power plant, saying GE knew about problems with its turbine blades.

  • October 15, 2021

    11th Circ. Denies Strip Club's Bid For Extended Alcohol Sales

    The Eleventh Circuit denied a former Atlanta-area strip club's efforts to extend the hours when it can sell alcohol, saying the club doesn't have a vested right to serve drinks into the wee hours despite a city ordinance barring late-night sales.

  • October 15, 2021

    IRS Plan To Force Small Account Reporting Illegal, 20 AGs Say

    The Internal Revenue Service's proposal to require banks and other financial institutions to report information on every account with at least $600 is illegal under constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure, 20 state attorneys general told the agency Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    Nelson Mullins Adds 2 Morris Manning Health Care Attys

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has snagged two Morris Manning & Martin LLP health care regulatory attorneys for its Georgia office.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Weigh Dismissing Every Nonintervened FCA Suit

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    When the U.S. Department of Justice chooses not to intervene in a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit, it should also evaluate whether dismissal would be appropriate, before defendants, courts and the government spend significant resources on litigation that's unlikely to be successful, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

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