Georgia

  • March 19, 2024

    Bradley Arant Adds Ex-Chamberlain Hrdlicka RE Team In Ga.

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has strengthened its real estate practice in Atlanta with a four-attorney team from Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry.

  • March 19, 2024

    Alston & Bird, Ex-Staffer Dodge Ga. Judge's Contempt Threat

    A Georgia federal judge in a hearing Tuesday backed off a threat to hold in contempt lawyers for Alston & Bird LLP and a former diversity staffer who sued the firm, alleging unpaid overtime claims, over their repeated failures to file a $55,000 settlement agreement with the court.

  • March 18, 2024

    FCC Fines Ga. Radio Broadcaster Over Station Silences

    The former owner of a Georgia sports radio station has been slapped with a $16,200 fine by the FCC for repeatedly suspending operations, allowing the station to change hands without permission and not answering the agency's inquiries about any of it.

  • March 18, 2024

    How A Car Crash And 20 Years Of Litigation Ended With $25M

    A $25.5 million verdict returned by a Georgia jury for the family of a woman killed in a 2003 taxi crash was the result of decades of litigation perseverance, with more work ahead to help ensure that a similar tragedy does not occur, her family's lawyer told Law360.

  • March 18, 2024

    5 Moments That Swayed Ga. Judge In the Trump Case DQ Bid

    After days of testimony about the romantic and financial relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis and the lawyer she appointed to lead the election interference case against Donald Trump, a Georgia judge last week ordered Willis to shuffle the prosecution team. How did he reach that ruling? Here are five moments that swayed the judge.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ga. Surgery Biz's False Claims Penalty Boosted To $5.4M

    A Georgia surgical center and its former head must now pay $5.4 million to end a kickback scheme tied to the indictment of the state's former insurance commissioner, an increase from a previous $3 million penalty that the federal government said the clinic and doctor had shirked.

  • March 18, 2024

    11th Circ. Urged To Nix Ala. Coach's Win In Gender Bias Suit

    Alabama State University has urged the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a win for the school's former softball coach, who claimed she was suspended because of her gender, saying she did not demonstrate a case of bias.

  • March 18, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Detention Officers' Overtime Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it won't weigh in on whether a Georgia sheriff acted as an employer and qualifies for immunity from an overtime suit brought by two detention officers, rejecting the officers' bid for review of an Eleventh Circuit decision tossing their case.

  • March 18, 2024

    DC Panel Explains Denial Of Ethics Subpoena On Ex-DOJ Atty

    A subpoena from D.C. attorney ethics authorities demanding that former U.S. Department of Justice attorney Jeffrey Clark produce documents pertaining to his alleged role in promoting Donald Trump's stolen election narrative would be "sufficiently testimonial and potentially incriminating" to implicate the Fifth Amendment, a D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled.

  • March 18, 2024

    Trump, Co-Defendants Seek Appeal Of Willis DQ Ruling

    Former President Donald Trump on Monday asked a Georgia judge to let him appeal a ruling allowing Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis to continue prosecuting him and his co-defendants in the state's election interference case.

  • March 18, 2024

    Barnes & Thornburg Lands Morris Manning Bankruptcy Team

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP picked up a former Morris Manning & Martin LLP bankruptcy group in Atlanta, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Bookseller Says Ga. Jail's Book Policy Is Unconstitutional

    A Georgia bookseller filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing an Atlanta-area sheriff of imposing an unlawful policy that only allows books into the county jail from "authorized retailers" under the guise of security concerns, alleging the practice is arbitrary, subjective, and an "unconstitutional permitting scheme."

  • March 18, 2024

    Doctors Keep Win In Suit Over Patient's Drowning Death

    A Georgia appeals court won't revive claims from the parents of a man who died by drowning after he was discharged from an Augusta hospital, saying the death is too far removed from his treatment and discharge, and the court can only speculate as to what led to the death.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • What Panama Canal Award Ruling Means For Int'l Arbitration

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    As the prevalence of international arbitration grows, the Eighth Circuit’s recent decision in Grupo Unidos v. Canal de Panama may change how practitioners decide what remedies to seek and where to raise them if claims are rejected, says Jerry Roth at FedArb.

  • Hollywood Labor Negotiations Provide AI Road Map

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    Sigma Khan at Henein Hutchison uses the recent Hollywood labor strikes — one of the first instances of a mass entertainment industry legal conflict where concerns over artificial intelligence's intrusion into the workspace has become a crucial issue — to analyze how litigation, legislation and contracts can aid in a landscape transformation precipitated by AI.

  • 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.

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