Georgia

  • 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.

  • February 07, 2024

    Truist Will Pay $6.3M To End BB&T High-Yield Rate Cut Suit

    Truist Financial Corp. has reached a $6.3 million settlement to resolve claims that it wrongfully lowered the interest rate on high-yield money market accounts that customers opened three decades ago.

  • February 07, 2024

    Texas Bar, Sidney Powell Trade Jabs Over Each Other's Errors

    The Texas bar's disciplinary arm on Wednesday sought to keep alive its efforts to sanction embattled former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, as both sides told a Texas appeals court that while the other had made fatal errors, their own mistakes were innocent flubs.

  • February 07, 2024

    Surgical Robot Co. Sued Over Internal Burns, Death Of Patient

    A widower is suing Intuitive Surgical Inc. in Florida federal court, alleging the company hid a defect in its da Vinci surgical robots that allowed electricity to arc during his wife's surgery, burning her small intestine and leading to her death.

  • February 07, 2024

    Acella's $46.5M Drug Recall Settlement Gets Initial Signoff

    A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday gave preliminary approval of a nearly $46.5 million settlement from Acella Pharmaceuticals LLC to end a class action alleging the company sold worthless thyroid medication to hundreds of thousands of Americans.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ill. Jury Convicts Trader Of $30M Bond Fraud

    An Illinois federal jury on Wednesday convicted a former bond trader of tanking his Atlanta-based former employer by claiming inflated commissions on his trades and entering false and unauthorized trades that caused $30 million in losses.

  • February 07, 2024

    Georgia Plaintiffs Boutique Expands After Big Wins

    When Tedra Cannella and Rob Snyder left their Atlanta plaintiffs firm Butler Prather LLP to hang their own shingle two years ago, plaintiffs attorney Alexandra "Sachi" Cole said she wasn't the only one who took notice.

  • February 07, 2024

    Trump Renews Push For DA Disqualification In Ga. Case

    Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday opposed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' argument that she should not be disqualified from prosecuting the Georgia election interference case after it was confirmed that she is involved in a romantic relationship with one of the special prosecutors she hired.

  • February 07, 2024

    Georgia's Top Judge Asks Legislators To Keep Judges Safe

    Attacks on and threats to judges across the nation are a serious threat that must be addressed in order to ensure "the very independence of our judiciary," Georgia's chief justice told legislators during his second State of the Judiciary address in Atlanta on Wednesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ga. Loan Fraud Trial Begins With Defendant Still At Large

    A Georgia federal trial over an alleged multi-million-dollar Paycheck Protection Program fraud scheme began belatedly on Tuesday, even as one of the case's three defendants remained unaccounted for after he skipped the trial's planned start date on Monday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Feds' Fraud Case Based On Faulty Assumptions, Jury Hears

    A former bond trader argued Tuesday that an Illinois federal jury should clear him of accusations that he claimed inflated commissions and tanked his former employer with $30 million in losses because trial evidence proved prosecutors "jumped to conclusions" about his trades.

  • February 06, 2024

    Siemens' $13.2M Verdict Upheld In Coal Equipment Dispute

    A Florida federal judge has upheld a $13.2 million award in favor of Siemens Energy Inc. after the Eleventh Circuit revived a dispute over coal gasification equipment, saying the company wasn't being unfair in its agreement with a Canadian oilfield services business.

  • February 06, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Cayman Fund Liquidators Appeal Is Too Late

    The Eleventh Circuit said Tuesday that foreign liquidators can't fight a distribution plan in the wind-down of an embattled Florida investment firm's Caymans-based feeder fund, saying they let their chance to do so go by.

  • February 06, 2024

    11th Circ. OKs Big Lots Widow's $9.6M Win Against Grandsons

    The two grandsons of the Big Lots founder's widow owe her estate $9.6 million for mismanaging her fortune, an Eleventh Circuit panel ruled Tuesday, refusing to overturn an arbitration tribunal award after finding that its chairperson had no conflict of interest and that a virtual final hearing was appropriate in the case.

  • February 06, 2024

    JPML Consolidates Suboxone Dental Decay Suits In Ohio

    The Northern District of Ohio will host consolidated cases brought against Indivior, Reckitt Benckiser and others alleging the companies failed to warn users of opioid addiction treatment Suboxone that it causes dental decay, according to an order from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation joining 15 suits.

  • February 06, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Valley National, Carlyle, Peachtree

    Valley National Bank is said to have loaned $21.3 million for a self-storage project in Florida, a Carlyle Group venture has reportedly paid $265 million for a Manhattan luxury rental tower and Peachtree Group has reportedly loaned $34.5 million for a student housing complex in Florida.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ga. Justices To Review Gov't Listening To Atty-Client Calls

    The Georgia Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear the case of a man serving a 20-year prison sentence and seeking a new assault trial on the grounds that law enforcement officials improperly listened to three jailhouse calls between him and his lawyer.

  • February 06, 2024

    Complex Not Covered For $4M Shooting Claim, Insurer Says

    A Nationwide unit told a Georgia federal court it doesn't owe coverage to an Atlanta apartment complex for a tenant's bid to hold it liable for injuries she suffered during a shooting, claiming the complex waited nearly a year to notify the insurer.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ga. Atty Disbarred For 'Systemic Abandonment' Of Clients

    A Peach State attorney with a history of disciplinary infractions was disbarred Tuesday by the Georgia Supreme Court for his "systemic abandonment of multiple clients," including several jailed criminal defendants.

  • February 06, 2024

    DOD Dodges White Commissary Worker's Race Bias Suit

    The U.S. Department of Defense defeated a white commissary worker's lawsuit claiming she was threatened with a suspension after a Black colleague falsely accused her of using a racial slur, with a Georgia federal judge ruling that she hadn't identified a comparable co-worker who was treated better.

  • February 06, 2024

    Film Producer Owes Crew For Work On Failed Movie

    The producer of a scuttled film project owes unpaid wages to workers and a line manager hired for the production, but the full amount owed to crew members will have to be decided by a jury, according to a Georgia federal court order.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • 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.

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