Georgia

  • 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.

  • February 01, 2024

    Judges And Attys Up For 3 Ga. State Court Vacancies

    Judges, prosecutors and private practice attorneys are all on the short list for vacancies in the Georgia state courts of Coweta and DeKalb counties as well as one on the Paulding County Superior Court.

  • February 01, 2024

    Meme Stock Investors Want To Revive Suit Against Apex

    Meme stock investors asked the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revive their suit looking to hold broker-dealer Apex Clearing Corp. liable for trading losses, arguing that the lower court erred in determining that Apex did not owe any duty to the investors.

  • February 01, 2024

    Possible Bias Spurs New Trial In Royal Caribbean Injury Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday ordered a new trial for a passenger who sued Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. after she tripped and injured herself on a ship, saying the trial court should have investigated further when it found out one of the jurors was related to an employee of the cruise line.

  • January 31, 2024

    Digital Lender, Partner Bank Seek To Sink Usury Claims

    Lender Helix Financial and its partner bank, Lead Bank, have asked a Georgia federal judge to toss a proposed class action alleging their relationship was a "front" to issue loans with unreasonably high interest rates, arguing the allegations in the suit are "simply not plausible."

  • January 31, 2024

    Glock Hit With Sex Discrimination Suit Over Crude 'Cat Calls'

    A former Glock shooting competition worker claims she was abruptly fired by the handgun company after enduring crude sexist comments from a male coworker, according to a discrimination suit filed in Georgia federal court.

  • January 31, 2024

    Contractors In GOP States To Face Brunt Of Pay Equity Plan

    A proposed rule to improve pay equity for employees of federal contractors will likely result in significant changes to contractors' hiring practices especially in southern and Midwestern states, while its broad scope could catch some smaller contractors and subcontractors unaware.

  • January 31, 2024

    11th Circ. Skeptical Of Bid To Nix Retail Heiress's Award

    The Eleventh Circuit appeared disinclined on Wednesday to vacate an arbitral award finding the grandsons of a retail store heiress liable for mismanaging her $70 million fortune based on the tribunal chair's failure to disclose a lawsuit she filed against State Farm, which had recently hired one of the grandsons.

  • January 31, 2024

    Suits Say Fulton Co. Withheld Docs On Alleged DA Romance

    A right-wing group and an attorney for one of the co-defendants in former President Donald Trump's Georgia election interference case have filed lawsuits alleging that Fulton County and its district attorney's office are stonewalling efforts to get documents related to allegations that District Attorney Fani Willis had a romantic relationship with the case's top prosecutor.

  • January 31, 2024

    Touch-Screen Voting Is Cheaper, Safer, Ga. Official Testifies

    A top Georgia official testified Wednesday that the ballot-marking devices being challenged in the closely watched trial over the future of Georgia's election system are secure, and that discontinuing their use would be costly to taxpayers.

  • January 31, 2024

    Atlanta Restaurant Co. Sues Conn. Brewery With Similar Name

    A Connecticut brewery is using a name, signage and designs similar to that of the two-location, Georgia-based 5Church restaurant even after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the brewer's own registration attempt, according to a new trademark infringement lawsuit.

  • January 31, 2024

    11th Circ. Weighs Legality Of Grant Contest For Black Women

    A conservative group asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse an order rejecting its bid to temporarily block an Atlanta-based venture capital firm from operating a grant contest for Black female business owners, arguing that the contest violates civil rights law and is not a protected form of speech, as the firm claims.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-Ga. Tech Prof Gets Home Confinement For Tax Fraud

    A former Georgia Institute of Technology professor was sentenced to a year of home confinement and three years' probation on Wednesday for shirking hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal taxes by inflating his charitable deductions through a scheme involving Chinese nationals' donations to the university.

  • January 31, 2024

    No Fee Win For Condos After Midcase Appeal, 11th Circ. Told

    The Eleventh Circuit should not grant attorney fees to two Florida condominium associations that persuaded the court to reject Empire Indemnity Insurance's bid to avoid appraisal, the insurer told the court, arguing their victory over the insurer's appeal doesn't entitle them to recover those costs.

  • January 31, 2024

    State Farm Policyholder Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Class Suit

    A State Farm auto policyholder urged the Eleventh Circuit to revive her proposed class action accusing the insurer of unlawfully denying coverage for medical expenses, saying a Georgia federal court's interpretation of the medical payments provision went against precedent and the policy language.

  • January 31, 2024

    PGA Tour Gains US Partners As Saudi Talks Drag On

    The PGA Tour has partnered with a group of investors that includes several owners of U.S. pro sports franchises in a deal worth up to $3 billion, an agreement reached while negotiations continue to complete its proposed merger with the Saudi-based investment fund that owns rival LIV Golf.

  • January 30, 2024

    Special Prosecutor Settles Divorce Amid DA Romance Rumors

    Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade and his estranged wife temporarily settled their divorce case Tuesday, weeks after allegations arose that Wade was engaging in a "clandestine" personal relationship with Fani Willis, the district attorney overseeing the Georgia election interference case.

  • January 30, 2024

    Ga. Judge Scolds Attys For 'Nasty' Sparring In Voting Trial

    Sparks flew Tuesday in federal court as attorneys debated whether the executive director of a nonprofit suing the state should be allowed to testify about a hack allegedly carried out by co-defendants of former President Donald Trump in the Georgia election interference case.

  • January 30, 2024

    FTC Urges 11th Circ. To Uphold Judgment Against FleetCor

    The Federal Trade Commission has called on the Eleventh Circuit to affirm its win in a suit accusing FleetCor Technologies of deceptive advertising and unfair fee practices, arguing that the lower court's decision is supported by "overwhelming undisputed evidence."

  • January 30, 2024

    Ga. Woman Gets 5 Years For Lying In Pandemic Fraud Case

    A Georgia tax preparer has been sentenced to five years in prison for lying to investigators as they looked into whether she obtained more than $550,000 in loans by submitting fraudulent applications for federal pandemic relief programs, federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Ga. Man Pleads Guilty To Role In $9.4M Amazon Fraud Scheme

    A Georgia man pled guilty in Atlanta federal court Tuesday to his involvement in a scheme that defrauded Amazon out of over $9.4 million via a series of fraudulent invoices prepared by former employees of the online retailer.

  • January 30, 2024

    DA Oversight Bill Gains Momentum Amid Fani Willis Scrutiny

    Georgia lawmakers inched closer this week to passing legislation that would empower a prosecutorial oversight commission at a time when Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis is under fire over her allegedly improper romantic relationship with a special prosecutor in the election interference case against Donald Trump and others.

  • January 30, 2024

    Man Asks 11th Circ. To Reduce Sentence For Med Device Fraud

    A businessman who received a 10-year prison sentence for buying discounted medical devices intended for Afghanistan but instead reselling them in the U.S. told the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that the district court overstated the loss to the medical device makers and erroneously enhanced his sentence as a result.

  • January 30, 2024

    Law Firm Faces FDCPA Suit In Ga. Over Predecessor Firm

    Lloyd & McDaniel PLC has been hit with a Fair Debt Collection Practices suit in Georgia state court from a former client of Cooling & Winter LLC alleging that firm improperly sought to collect a debt she had already paid. 

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Legal Subject Matters Popping Up In AI Litigation

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    The past five years have brought judicial opinions addressing artificial intelligence in many different legal areas, so a study of existing case law is an important first step for in-house counsel addressing how to advise on the uncertainty driving many of the AI legal disputes, says Mark Davies at Orrick.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Upcoming High Court ADA Cases May Signal Return To Basics

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    Recent cases, including Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October, raise a fundamental question of whether Americans with Disabilities Act litigation has spiraled out of control without any real corresponding benefits to the intended beneficiaries: individuals with true disabilities, says Norman Dupont at Ring Bender.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Protected Are AI Product Developers From Liability?

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    ChatGPT is at the center of one of the first notable lawsuits testing the boundaries of defamation protection for artificial intelligence products, and the scarcity of similar litigation underscores how many unanswered questions remain about responsibility for the inaccurate information emerging from AI, says Christopher MacColl at Zuckerman Spaeder.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • What 11th Circ. Revival Of Deaf Employee's Bias Suit Portends

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent Beasley v. O'Reilly Auto Parts decision, which created a circuit split involving the issue of linking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to essential job functions, is a curiosity about the court's analysis at least and a potential game changer for employer duties at most, says John Doran at Sherman & Howard.

  • What Courts' Deference Preference Can Mean For Sentencing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Vargas decision deepens the split among federal appeals courts on the level of deference afforded to commentary in the U.S. sentencing guidelines — an issue that has major real-life ramifications for defendants, and is likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, say Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha at Jackson Walker.

  • Trump's 'I Thought I Won' Jan. 6 Defense Is Unlikely To Prevail

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    Since being indicted for his alleged attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump’s legal team has argued that because he genuinely believed he won, his actions were not fraudulent — but this so-called mistake of fact defense will face a steep uphill battle for several key reasons, says Elizabeth Roper at Baker McKenzie.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Lenders Must Look To The Law As Fla. Joins Disclosure Trend

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    Given the varying range in scope of state commercial financing disclosure laws — including the one recently enacted in Florida — and the penalties for noncompliance, providers of commercial credit should carefully consider whether such laws apply to their commercial lending business, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • OECD Treatment Of Purchased Ga. Film Credits Isn't Peachy

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    Producers considering Georgia as a prospective location for filming may already be concerned that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's July decision will hamper the eventual 2026 or later sale of their Georgia film tax credits, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

  • Ga. Mirror-Image Rule Makes Settlements Fraught For Insurers

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    The Georgia Court of Appeals' recent decision in Pierce v. Banks shows how strictly Georgia courts will enforce the rule that an insurer's response to a settlement demand must be a mirror image of the demand — and is a reminder that parties must exercise caution when accepting such a demand, says Seth Friedman at Lewis Brisbois.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Data Breach Rulings Stress Duty For Protecting Worker Data

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    Two recent rulings from the Eleventh Circuit have restricted employers' ability to defend class action claims stemming from data breaches that target employees' personal information, highlighting the importance of cybersecurity measures that acknowledge a heightened obligation to protect workers’ data, say attorneys at Polsinelli.

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