Georgia

  • February 05, 2024

    Ayahuasca Church Asks 11th Circ. To Rehear DEA Fight

    A Florida church has asked the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider a ruling affirming the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's denial of a request to use the psychedelic substance ayahuasca for religious purposes, arguing that the majority made a "precedent-setting error."

  • February 05, 2024

    Proposed Class Action Settlement May Cost Acella $46.5M

    A proposed agreement to end a class action over thyroid medication, after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection found products with an active ingredient above and below label specifications, may cost Acella Pharmaceuticals $46.5 million.

  • February 05, 2024

    AWOL Defendant Puts Ga. Pandemic Loan Fraud Trial On Hold

    A Georgia federal judge put on ice a trial that was planned to begin Monday after one of the three defendants accused of taking part in a multimillion-dollar pandemic loan fraud scheme failed to show up in court and now has federal marshals on his trail.

  • February 05, 2024

    Norfolk Southern Slams Investors' Fraud Suit Over Derailment

    Norfolk Southern has asked a New York federal court to dump proposed class allegations that it misled investors by falsely touting its commitments to safety while embarking on risky cost-cutting operational and staffing changes that ultimately led to last year's fiery derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

  • February 05, 2024

    No CGL Coverage For Home Depot Data Breach, 6th Circ. Told

    Two insurers have told the Sixth Circuit they owe no commercial general liability coverage to Home Depot for its $172 million settlement with financial institutions over a 2014 breach of customer payment information, arguing an electronic data exclusion wholly barred coverage for the institutions' claimed losses.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ga. Sues Federal Gov't Over Medicaid Expansion Program

    Georgia has sued the Biden administration to keep the state's Medicaid program for low-income residents running until 2028, arguing the program was illegally cut short by a federal agency and that its initial five-year term must be honored.

  • February 05, 2024

    Music Publisher Asks Justices To Limit Copyright Damages

    Warner Chappell Music Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to limit the damages a plaintiff can recover in copyright ownership litigation to three years before a complaint is filed, arguing that the only time a party can extend that period is for instances involving fraud.

  • February 05, 2024

    Walmart Slip Suit Revived After Panel's Video Review

    A man who slipped on water at Walmart will get to continue his case after an Eleventh Circuit appellate panel overturned summary judgment in favor of the retail juggernaut, ruling that a jury could reasonably find water on the floor not only caused the slip but was there long enough for Walmart to fix the hazard.

  • February 05, 2024

    BakerHostetler Brings On Ex-Federal Prosecutor In Atlanta

    BakerHostetler has built out its white collar and litigation team in Atlanta with the addition of a former federal prosecutor of over a decade, bringing expertise in working on cybersecurity, national security offenses and violent crimes.

  • February 05, 2024

    Feds Want 20-Year Term For $30M Laundering Scheme Head

    A Georgia man convicted for his role in a $30 million money laundering scheme has urged a federal court to reject prosecutors' recommended 20-year prison sentence for his "horrendous criminal conduct" and for fleeing his trial.

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurance Coverage Excluded In Condo Sale, 11th Circ. Told

    An insurance company urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to reverse a lower-court decision forcing it to provide coverage in a Florida condominium sale gone wrong, saying it was excluded from defending a claim against a real estate agent accused of converting the transaction's proceeds.

  • February 02, 2024

    Pushing To Make The Formerly Incarcerated A Protected Class

    After a pair of formerly incarcerated activists helped convince local leaders in Atlanta to extend anti-discrimination protections to people with criminal records by making them a legally protected class, they and others are now working to get more cities — and eventually maybe the federal government — to do the same.

  • February 02, 2024

    Clerk Says Ga. School District Fired Her For Pumping At Work

    A Georgia school district engaged in pregnancy discrimination when it fired a clerk for refusing to meet with students and visitors while pumping breast milk, the clerk alleged in a suit filed in Georgia federal court.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ga. Appeals Court Scraps Bond Order In Auto Plant Fight

    A group of Georgia residents hoping to block the construction of a $5 billion Rivian electric car plant shouldn't have been required to post a six-figure bond to continue with their litigation, a state Court of Appeals panel ruled Friday, overturning a county trial court's ruling.

  • February 02, 2024

    Foreign Liquidators Say SEC Plan Is Counter To Cayman Law

    Liquidators appointed by a Cayman Islands court to wind down a Cayman-based feeder fund of a Florida investment firm accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of defrauding hundreds of investors urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to toss a distribution plan they say contravenes Cayman Islands law.

  • February 02, 2024

    Progressive Faces Trial In Car Undervaluation Class Action

    Progressive insurance units may have to face a jury trial on claims they systematically undervalued totaled cars after a Georgia federal judge rejected the company's bid to end the suit, ruling policyholders had enough evidence to argue they were shortchanged on claim payouts.

  • February 02, 2024

    Atlanta DA Admits To Romance With Trump Prosecutor

    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis admitted Friday she is involved in a personal relationship with a special prosecutor hired to work on the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants, but said the "meritless" and "salacious" rumors raised by the defense do not justify disqualifying her from prosecuting the case.

  • February 02, 2024

    11th Circ. Sides With Chinese Citizens In Fla. Land-Buy Row

    A unanimous Eleventh Circuit panel granted two of four Chinese citizens' bids to freeze enforcement of a Florida law barring nationals of certain countries from owning land, saying they showed "a substantial likelihood of success" that the state regulation is preempted by federal law.

  • February 01, 2024

    Voter Confidence In 2024 At Issue As Ga. Election Trial Wraps

    A monthlong trial over the integrity of Georgia's elections wrapped up Thursday in Atlanta with state officials arguing that switching from Dominion ballot-marking devices would fuel election deniers ahead of the 2024 presidential election, while voter plaintiffs said their trust is already broken by the state's use of the machines.

  • February 01, 2024

    Models Say Atlanta Clubs Stole Glamor Shots For Promo

    A group of models filed a pair of lawsuits in Georgia federal court Thursday accusing two Atlanta-area clubs of illegally lifting photos from their social media accounts and using them to promote their respective venues online.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ga. Health System, Class Seek Initial OK Of $2M ERISA Deal

    A Georgia health system and a 6,800-member class of retirement plan participants urged a federal court to greenlight a $2 million deal that would put an end to the participants' lawsuit alleging their retirement accounts lost millions of dollars because of poor investment options and excessive fees.

  • February 01, 2024

    Reality Star At Risk Of Losing Fraud Conviction Challenge

    Former reality TV personality Maurice Fayne's attempt to vacate a 17-year prison sentence for defrauding investors and a pandemic relief program is in jeopardy unless he quickly files arguments against the conviction, according to a Thursday filing in Georgia federal court.

  • February 01, 2024

    Barnes & Thornburg Expands Atlanta Finance Practice

    A commercial finance team from an Atlanta-based AmLaw 200 law firm has joined Barnes & Thornburg corporate department, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Judge Maintains Most Claims In Mercedes-Benz Sunroof Suit

    A suit alleging Mercedes-Benz offered vehicles with panoramic sunroofs prone to randomly shattering under normal conditions will mostly move forward, with a Georgia federal judge ditching only the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claim from the case, according to a Thursday opinion.

  • February 01, 2024

    Publicis Reaches $350M Opioid Settlement With All 50 States

    Publicis Health LLC settled a lawsuit on Thursday with all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories for $350 million over claims that it helped exacerbate the opioid crisis through its work with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer behind OxyContin.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Circuit Rulings Confirm Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Refund Trend

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    Recent Ninth and Eleventh Circuit rulings that Chapter 11 debtors are entitled to refunds for unconstitutional bankruptcy trustee fees paid under the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act support a developing trend in debtors' favor, making it likely that courts considering the same question will follow suit, says Adam Herring at Nelson Mullins.

  • In Ga., Promptness Is Key To Setting Aside Default Judgments

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    The Georgia Court of Appeals' recent vacating of a lower court's decision to set aside a default judgment against Samsung Electronics America is a reminder of the processes and arguments provided by Georgia's statutes for challenging default judgments — including the importance of responding quickly, says Katy Robertson at Swift Currie.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Ore. Warranty Ruling Complicates Insurance Classification

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    The Oregon Court of Appeals' recent TruNorth v. Department of Consumer and Business Services holding that a service contract — commonly referred to as an extended warranty — covering commercial property is subject to the state's consumer service contract laws raises regulatory questions for contract obligors, sellers and administrators, say attorneys at Locke Lord.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Post-Mallory, Calif. Personal Jurisdiction Unlikely To Expand

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway decision, affirming that registration to do business in Pennsylvania means consenting to be sued in that state's courts, could prompt other states to experiment with similar laws — but such efforts would likely fail in California, say Virginia Milstead and Raza Rasheed at Skadden.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Lessons From High-Profile Witness Tampering Allegations

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    As demonstrated by recent developments in the cases against former President Donald Trump and FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, allegations of witness tampering can carry serious consequences — but attorneys can employ certain strategies to mitigate the risk that accusations arise, says Kenneth Notter at MoloLamken.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • The 7 Most Notable FCRA Cases Of 2023 So Far

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    Both consumer reporting agencies and furnishers should take note of Fair Credit Reporting Act decisions by federal district and appellate courts so far this year, especially those concerning dispute processing and the distinction between legal and factual inaccuracies, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 3 Factors That May Complicate Jury Selection In Trump Trials

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    As former President Donald Trump prepares to face four trials in Georgia, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C., judges and attorneys in these venues may find it challenging to seat fair and impartial juries for several key reasons, says Richard Gabriel at Decision Analysis.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

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