Georgia

  • February 09, 2024

    Trump Co-Defendant Says DA Lied About Romance Timeline

    Former President Donald Trump's co-defendant in the Georgia election interference case who first accused Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis of having a romantic relationship with the special prosecutor she hired to lead the case on Friday accused her of lying about when the now-confirmed romance began.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC's 'Orwellian' Trade Database Is Unlawful, 11th Circ. Told

    Citadel Securities LLC and the American Securities Association have laid out their objections to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission directive that requires brokerage firms to fund the buildup of a database known as the consolidated audit trail, telling the Eleventh Circuit that the tool created an "Orwellian surveillance regime" that puts American investors at risk of being hacked.

  • February 09, 2024

    Russian Mobster Gets 10 Years For Luxury Car Biz Drug Ring

    A man who pled guilty last summer to running an Atlanta-based luxury car leasing business that doubled as a sprawling money laundering ring for drug traffickers has been sentenced to 10 years in prison following his extradition to the U.S. from Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    11th Circ. Won't Restore Sex Trafficking Suit Against Ga. Hotel

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday rejected a woman's attempt to revive her lawsuit claiming that a Georgia hotel owner knowingly benefited from years of her forced prostitution, ruling there wasn't enough evidence to show the company took part in sex trafficking.

  • February 09, 2024

    21 GOP States Back High Court Petition On Ending FCC Subsidy

    Officials from 21 Republican-led states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to torpedo the Federal Communications Commission's system for subsidizing rural telecom and phone services, calling on the justices to grant a request from a free market group to take up its challenge to the FCC's fee structure.

  • February 09, 2024

    Atlanta Atty Keeps $1.15M Fee Award Despite Tossing Notes

    A Georgia state appellate court has upheld an award of $1.15 million in attorney fees to a solo-practice attorney, saying an Atlanta-based airport travel spa operator he did work for failed to show the trial court was wrong in finding the attorney didn't have to save notes about the legal services he provided.

  • February 09, 2024

    Inquiry Of Georgia DA No 'Witch Hunt,' State Committee Says

    The chairman of a Georgia Senate special committee investigating the district attorney overseeing the election interference case against former President Donald Trump said during the committee's first meeting Friday that the investigation would be a "quest for the truth," not a "political witch hunt."

  • February 09, 2024

    Bo Jackson Awarded $21M In Suit Alleging Family Shakedown

    Dual-sport great Bo Jackson has been awarded more than $21 million in damages for an attempted shakedown scheme by Jackson's niece and nephew, who were found to have tried to stalk and harass Jackson into paying them $20 million.

  • February 09, 2024

    CORRECTED: 11th Circ. Says Guilty Plea Sinks Appeal In Investment Fraud Case

    The Eleventh Circuit declined to take up the appeal of a man who pled guilty to wire fraud after being accused of stealing investment funds from a wealthy widow, ruling that his plea was unconditional. Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the defendant and had an incorrect case number and counsel information. The errors have been corrected.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. Judicial Watchdog Wants Probate Judge Ousted

    The long-running trial of a Georgia probate judge accused of violating the state's Code of Judicial Conduct on social media and jailing a woman seeking to amend her marriage record wrapped Thursday, with the head of the state's judicial watchdog arguing she should be removed from the bench.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. Man Behind $49M Ponzi Scheme Gets Nearly 8 Years

    An Atlanta-area investment adviser who pled guilty to using his companies as vehicles for a $49 million Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to just short of eight years in prison by a Georgia federal judge, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Lucky Bucks Ch. 7 Trustee Seeks Docs About $237M Payout

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge should let the liquidating trustee for bankrupt gambling machine operator Lucky Bucks Holdings LLC examine its former subsidiary to evaluate whether he can recover anything related to over $237 million in allegedly fraudulent transfers to insiders, the trustee told the court.

  • February 08, 2024

    Tech Co.'s 401(k) Committee Dodges Workers' Fee Suit

    A Georgia federal judge tossed out a proposed class action brought by two former technology company workers who claimed the company's 401(k) committee allowed the plan to be saddled with unlawfully hefty fees, saying they failed to show they went through the proper internal channels before filing suit.

  • February 08, 2024

    Wellstar Beats Whistleblower Retaliation Claim By Ex-Exec

    A Georgia federal judge has scuttled claims from a former Wellstar Health Group executive who said he was fired after blowing the whistle on the healthcare system's questionable procurement practices, finding the company had plenty of grounds to terminate him over his "abrasive" management style.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. Judge Hits Medicare Fraud Duo With 37-Month Sentences

    A Georgia federal judge on Thursday sentenced a man and woman to 37-month prison sentences for their role in a scheme that used their marketing company to trade doctors' medical device orders and rip off Medicare for more than $1.5 million.

  • February 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Won't Undo State Farm's Shooting Coverage Loss

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to hear State Farm's challenge to a lower court decision ordering it to cover an $877,660 judgment for a gas station employee shot on the premises that he obtained against his employers, finding it lacked jurisdiction since the decision wasn't final or immediately appealable.

  • February 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Keeps Nissan's Win In Mechanics' Wage Suit

    Nissan can escape a proposed wage and hour collective action brought by dealership mechanics because it didn't jointly employ them, the Eleventh Circuit said Thursday, upholding a Florida federal court's decision in favor of the car manufacturer.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-UPS Worker Urges 11th Circ. To Save Retaliation Suit

    A former United Parcel Service package handler and Teamsters union member in Florida has pressed the Eleventh Circuit to reinstate a retaliation lawsuit over his termination after sustaining a knee injury, saying he was fired while recovering but not properly notified until months later.

  • February 08, 2024

    Question On Wrongful Death Damages Sent To Ga. Justices

    A Georgia appeals court is kicking an appeal challenging $7.2 million in noneconomic damages in a wrongful death claim to the state's Supreme Court, saying the justices need to decide whether the state's $350,000 cap on such awards applies.

  • February 08, 2024

    OpenAI Asks 11th Circ. To Uphold Fee Ruling

    OpenAI urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a federal judge's decision not to dock it attorney fees for attempting to remove a Georgia radio host's defamation lawsuit to federal court, saying it had "an objectively reasonable basis for removal."

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurer Improperly Settled Shooting Claims, Court Told

    A Seattle-based housing provider said its primary insurer improperly tendered policy limits to settle two underlying claims alleging the provider was liable for deadly shootings near its apartment buildings in Georgia, telling a Washington state court that its insurer's actions have diluted its coverage for other claims.

  • February 08, 2024

    States Back ND Lawmaker's Bid To Overturn VRA Ruling

    More than two dozen states are backing an Eighth Circuit bid by North Dakota Secretary of State Micheal Howe to overturn a ruling that affirmed Voting Rights Act violations, arguing that despite the law's clarity, the district court allowed private plaintiffs to challenge a redistricting plan.

  • February 08, 2024

    Justices Hear Ga. Sheriff Is Immune From Guards' Overtime Suit

    A Georgia county is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject jail guards' attempt to revive their suit against the local sheriff for allegedly failing to pay overtime, arguing federal appeals courts have repeatedly found the Constitution shields state officials from wage suits.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. DA Moves To Quash Trump Co-Defendant Subpoenas

    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has moved to quash subpoenas that would require her, members of her staff and the attorney who represented special prosecutor Nathan Wade in his divorce to testify during a hearing on whether she should be disqualified from prosecuting the Georgia election interference case.

  • February 07, 2024

    Spouses Ran PPP Fraud In Secret, Ga. Defendants Tell Jury

    A Georgia man and woman standing trial for charges that they helped orchestrate a scheme to illegally obtain $11 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans were unwittingly implicated in the fraud by their respective spouses, the defendants' lawyers told a federal jury Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Trump NY Fraud Trial Shows Civil, Criminal Case Differences

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    Former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial currently unfolding in New York provides a reminder that civil bench trials can be just as damaging, if not more so, than criminal prosecutions, due to several key elements of civil litigation procedure, says retired attorney David Moskowitz.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Ga. Appeal Shows Benefits Of Questioning Jury Instructions

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    A Georgia Court of Appeals’ October decision, holding a trial court erred in using pattern jury instructions that refer to a long-repealed standard of evidence, underscores the importance of scrutinizing language in established jury instructions and seizing the opportunity to push back against outdated patterns, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Young Thug Case Spotlights Debate Over Lyric Admissibility

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    A Georgia court’s recent ruling, allowing prosecutors to use some of rapper Young Thug’s lyrics in his conspiracy trial, captures the ongoing debate about whether rap lyrics are admissible, with courts often stretching the boundaries of the federal evidence rules, say Amy Buice at Smith Gambrell and Emily Ward at Continuum Legal Group.

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