Georgia

  • March 12, 2024

    Feds Cement Plea Deals In Ready-Mix Bid Rig Case

    A Georgia concrete company and an executive accused of participating in a price-fixing and bid-rigging scheme have reached plea agreements with the federal government, according to notices filed Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Security Systems Co. Beats Ex-Sales Worker's Sex Bias Suit

    A security systems company defeated a former sales worker's lawsuit alleging she wasn't given the same commission splits as men and was fired for speaking up about the disparity, a Georgia federal judge ruled, agreeing with a magistrate judge that her suit wasn't detailed enough to move forward.

  • March 12, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Golf Course Volunteers Aren't Owed Pay

    The Eleventh Circuit agreed with a lower court's dismissal of a wage lawsuit brought by attendants at a golf course owned by Palm Beach County, Florida, saying Tuesday that the workers were not owed wages under federal labor law because they knew they signed up for volunteer positions.

  • March 12, 2024

    Atty Chided For Gun Confiscation Bid In Trump Defamation Row

    A Philadelphia attorney handling a Pennsylvania election worker's defamation case against Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and two Delaware County poll watchers improperly couched a bid to confiscate the poll watchers' guns, among other things, as a discovery motion, a state judge ruled Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ga. Judge Says Lin Wood Did Defame Ex-Colleagues

    A Georgia federal judge handed a win to former colleagues of former attorney L. Lin Wood in their defamation suit on Tuesday, ruling that Wood falsely accused them of criminal extortion.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ga. Attys Face Sanctions Bid Over 'Factually Impossible' Suit

    Companies operating vessels in a Georgia port have fired off a request to sanction a Peach State law firm that pursued claims that the businesses failed to protect a worker against COVID-19, saying the attorneys brought a "factually impossible" suit that was dismissed by a federal court last month.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ga. Restaurant Owes Workers $373K In Tips, Unpaid Wages

    A Georgia judge on Monday ordered a Japanese restaurant located in Peachtree City and its owner to pay more than $373,000 to workers who accused the restaurant and its owner of stealing tips, failing to pay minimum wage and firing workers who opposed those practices.

  • March 11, 2024

    Atlanta Wants Out Of Suit Over Airport Active Shooter Incident

    The city of Atlanta asked a Georgia federal judge on Friday to free it from an Iowa woman's suit alleging she was injured in the chaos surrounding an active shooter situation at Atlanta's international airport in November 2021.

  • March 11, 2024

    Atlanta Must Pay EPA $485K Fine Over Trail Construction

    The city of Atlanta will be forced to pay a $485,000 fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its unauthorized construction of a public trail along a protected creek after a Georgia federal judge ruled Monday that the project had violated the terms of a decades-old consent decree.

  • March 11, 2024

    Georgia Security Co. Broke Overtime Law, Suit Claims

    A former supervisor at an Atlanta area security and investigations company alleged the firm underpaid its hourly employees by failing to dole out overtime wages, according to a proposed class action filed in Peach State federal court.

  • March 11, 2024

    US Appeals Corporate Transparency Act Ruling To 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving quickly to appeal an Alabama federal judge's ruling that the Corporate Transparency Act is unconstitutional, filing a notice of appeal to the Eleventh Circuit on Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Walmart Fails To Sink Feds' Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

    A Delaware federal judge on Monday kept alive a government lawsuit accusing Walmart of fueling the nation's opioid crisis, ruling that the company could be held liable for filling illegitimate prescriptions its compliance officers allegedly failed to flag for unwitting pharmacists.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ga. Panel Finds $43M Trust Not On Hook For Legal Fees

    The Georgia Court of Appeals rejected a request from beneficiaries of a $43 million furniture fortune, finding on Monday that the trust's ex-trustees should not be saddled with attorney fees and litigation costs while the trust's beneficiaries sued them for allegedly mishandling the trust and overpaying themselves.

  • March 11, 2024

    Split 11th Circ. Won't Revive Doctor's Equal Pay Suit

    A split Eleventh Circuit panel backed the dismissal of a female obstetrician's suit claiming a hospital gave a male doctor better opportunities to earn bonus pay, saying the medical center put forward enough proof showing the male doctor's experience justified the difference.

  • March 11, 2024

    Insurance Worker Wants Full 11th Circ. Rethink In ADA Suit

    A former insurance worker urged the full Eleventh Circuit to rethink the company's win in her lawsuit accusing the business of abruptly firing her to sidestep healthcare costs related to her multiple sclerosis, saying there's evidence her disability played a role in her termination.

  • March 08, 2024

    Feds Slam Trump's Immunity Bid In Classified Docs Case

    The Special Counsel's Office has taken aim at former President Donald Trump's various attempts to dodge criminal allegations in Florida that he mishandled classified documents, in particular criticizing his "frivolous" presidential immunity argument as nothing more than a delay tactic.

  • March 08, 2024

    SEC's Climate Regs Face Multipronged Courtroom Attack

    The future of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's long-awaited corporate climate disclosure regulations is up in the air as the agency stares down lawsuits challenging its authority to promulgate the rules, with even more parties threatening to force the agency to defend its decision in court for years.

  • March 08, 2024

    Experian Biased Jury In Credit Reporting Suit, 11th Circ. Told

    An attorney for a Florida resident who sued Experian alleging it inaccurately reported a discharged mortgage in his credit history told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that a lower court judge allowed the company to introduce improper evidence at trial, arguing it caused jurors to deliver an unfavorable verdict against her client.

  • March 08, 2024

    Exclusion Bars Coverage For Ga. Fair E. Coli Suit

    Nautilus Insurance Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify a harvest fair accused in an underlying state court suit of exposing two children to E. coli, a Georgia federal court has ruled, saying an infectious disease exclusion unambiguously precludes coverage.

  • March 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Declines To Hear Building Defect Coverage Dispute

    It's too early to determine whether a Florida federal court erred in its coverage determinations in a long-running construction defect insurance dispute, the Eleventh Circuit has ruled, finding that the "purported final judgment here does not dispose of all claims against all parties."

  • March 08, 2024

    Court Stands By Tossing Journo's Cop City Arrest Suit

    A Georgia federal judge won't walk back his decision to toss a civil rights lawsuit from a journalist who says he was prevented from filming at the controversial Atlanta "Cop City" project, finding Thursday that he was trying to relitigate arguments already rejected by the court about the city's alleged pattern of interfering with reporters.

  • March 08, 2024

    Google Can't Shake Video Ad Tech Claims In MDL

    A New York federal court has refused to toss claims targeting Google's control over online video advertising from a defunct video publisher in the sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing the tech giant of monopolizing digital ad technology.

  • March 08, 2024

    Nelson Mullins Grows In Atlanta With New Corporate Partners

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has expanded its Atlanta office, adding two seasoned corporate attorneys, one from Thompson Hine LLP and the other from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • March 08, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Settles ADA Claims From Ex-Legal Aide

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has reached a settlement to end disability discrimination claims from a former legal assistant who alleged she was fired after she needed to work remotely to manage chronic pancreatitis, according to an order filed in the Georgia federal lawsuit.

  • March 08, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig, Attys Face Music Exec's Malpractice Suit

    A music producer has alleged in a Georgia malpractice suit that his former legal team — Greenberg Traurig LLP and a now-Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorney — actively worked against him, causing him to lose a $2.1 million deal with Warner Music Group Corp.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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