Georgia

  • July 23, 2024

    Rudy Giuliani Says MyPillow CEO Covered His RNC Travel

    Rudy Giuliani clarified Tuesday that his travel to and from the Republican National Convention was covered by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's conservative media outlet FrankSpeech, according to a filing in New York federal bankruptcy court.

  • July 23, 2024

    Prosecutor Turned Witness: 'Rust' Case Shows Rare Dilemma

    The botched "Rust" trial of Alec Baldwin and Donald Trump's election interference case in Georgia have offered scarce examples of prosecutors taking the stand, demonstrating how ethics scandals can snowball and make government attorneys choose between protecting themselves or their cases.

  • July 23, 2024

    Mercedes-Benz Wants Defective Wheel Suit Tossed

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC is asking a Georgia federal judge to scrap a proposed class action over an allegedly defective wheel configuration on S580 sedans, arguing that a Nevada man's two punctured tires on a cross-country road trip aren't enough to support his claims.

  • July 23, 2024

    Bros. Want New Trial For Concrete Price-Fixing Convictions

    Two brothers convicted earlier this month of involvement in a ready-made concrete bid-rigging and price-fixing scheme asked a Georgia federal judge Monday for another shot at trial, arguing that repeated testimony about purported law-breaking tipped the scales in favor of federal prosecutors.

  • July 23, 2024

    Red States Seek High Court Stay Of EPA Power Plant Rule

    Dozens of red states Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to block implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, four days after the D.C. Circuit rejected a stay request.

  • July 23, 2024

    Arbitrator On Pain Meds Didn't End Dispute, Ga. Panel Says

    The Georgia Court of Appeals vacated an arbitration award in an inheritance dispute between siblings after finding the award failed to resolve a "significant dispute" related to the alleged withdrawal and misuse of escrow funds.

  • July 23, 2024

    Ga. Judge Slams Ethics Charges As Demands For 'Perfection'

    A Georgia state judge has denied violating ethical rules, arguing that her call to a personal friend about a pending child custody case — and other actions — shouldn't amount to public sanctions and said the judicial ethics watchdog's charges violate the state's constitution.

  • July 23, 2024

    Sig Sauer Says $2.35M Verdict Result Of 'Passion & Prejudice'

    After a Georgia jury hit gunmaker Sig Sauer Inc. with a $2.35 million verdict last month over charges that a defect in its popular P320 pistol caused a man to accidentally shoot himself, the company filed a slew of motions Monday saying the judgment should be tossed or, at the least, cut down in size.

  • July 23, 2024

    11th Circ. Should Uphold Tax Court Protection, IRS Says

    The Eleventh Circuit should uphold a U.S. Tax Court ruling that denied a widow tax relief and also rejected her claim that Tax Court judges have unconstitutional job protection, the Internal Revenue Service told the circuit court.

  • July 22, 2024

    Globetrotters' Parent & Media Cos. Want Out Of Sex Bias Suit

    The parent and media companies of the Harlem Globetrotters want out of a female former player's sex bias and harassment suit, telling a Georgia federal court she failed to exhaust her administrative remedies by not first filing her complaints against them with the EEOC and obtaining a right-to-sue letter.

  • July 22, 2024

    Equifax Bracing For CFPB On Dispute-Handling, Coding Glitch

    Equifax said Monday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to pursue fines over the credit reporting giant's handling of consumer disputes and a separate, short-lived "coding issue" that affected some credit score calculations in 2022.

  • July 22, 2024

    Approval Sought For $1.2M Deal In Labor Trafficking Suit

    A car parts manufacturer, two recruiting agencies and a group of Mexican engineers who alleged the companies lured them to the U.S. with false promises of high-paying jobs before forcing them to work manual labor for long hours and low wages have reached a tentative $1.2 million settlement.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ga. Dems Challenge 'Cronyism' Behind Fundraising Law

    A special campaign finance committee created by Georgia Republicans three years ago to sidestep limits on political fundraising is in the crosshairs of a recent lawsuit filed by the state's Democratic Party, which alleges the law creates an "asymmetrical campaign contribution scheme" designed to protect incumbents.

  • July 22, 2024

    Morgan & Morgan Unit Faces Malpractice Class Claims

    Personal injury giant Morgan & Morgan PA's Jacksonville, Florida, unit allegedly misled a Georgia deputy sheriff in his back injury case, costing him potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a proposed class action the firm has removed to federal court.

  • July 22, 2024

    Baker Donelson's 'Growing' Atlanta Office Hires 2 Of Counsel

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has brought on two attorneys from FordHarrison LLP and Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP to its Atlanta office, strengthening its labor and employment group and its complex litigation and class actions group, the firm announced Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ga. Child Therapists Say Employer Cheated Them Out Of Pay

    A Georgia children's therapy provider has not been paying its registered behavior technicians for the time spent working before appointments, traveling, performing administrative work and attending required training sessions, four ex-workers claimed in a proposed collective action in federal court.

  • July 22, 2024

    Paul Hastings Lands New GC From Kirkland

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that Kirkland & Ellis LLP's former deputy assistant general counsel has joined its roster and will serve as its general counsel.

  • July 19, 2024

    House IP Committee Heads Unveil Drug Pricing Bill

    Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Hank Johnson, D-Ga., respectively the chair and top Democrat of the House intellectual property subcommittee, on Friday introduced a new bill that would change patent law to increase competition in the prescription drug market in order to lower patient costs.

  • July 19, 2024

    Atlanta Strikes Deal To End Ex-Worker's Retaliation Suit

    The city of Atlanta has reached a deal with its former immigrant affairs director to resolve her lawsuit alleging she was fired after blowing the whistle on failures in the city's immigrant outreach services, according to a filing in Georgia federal court.

  • July 19, 2024

    Jan. 6 Witness Says Defamation Suit Has 'Little Substance'

    Former Trump White House aide and Jan. 6 committee witness Cassidy Hutchinson renewed her calls Thursday to spike a defamation lawsuit from a former business partner of Hunter Biden, arguing her impressions of him described in her book aren't enough to stand up his claim.

  • July 19, 2024

    DC Circ. Won't Block EPA Power Plant Emissions Rule

    The D.C. Circuit refused Friday to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, saying challengers haven't shown they're likely to succeed in overturning the regulations.

  • July 19, 2024

    Tweeting Holdout Ga. Juror's Removal Demands New Trial

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered a new trial for a man convicted of child molestation, ruling that the trial judge wrongly replaced a holdout juror even though he'd described himself on social media as "walking grounds for a mistrial."

  • July 19, 2024

    Lin Wood Loses Bid To DQ Judge In Ga. Defamation Case

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to recuse himself from presiding over a trial in the defamation case against retired attorney L. Lin Wood from his former colleagues, ruling that Wood's disqualification bid against him is "untimely and, in any event, meritless."

  • July 19, 2024

    Civil Rights Groups Ask Judge To Block Georgia Voting Law

    A coalition of civil rights and advocacy groups lodged a renewed complaint asking a Georgia federal judge to block parts of a controversial Peach State election law that's facing a number of challenges, including by the federal government.

  • July 19, 2024

    Draft Constitutional Amendment Would Ax Trump Immunity

    Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday released a draft of a constitutional amendment that would ensure no one is above the law, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that former President Donald Trump has immunity from official acts as president.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Being A Luthier Makes Me a Better Lawyer

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    When I’m not working as an appellate lawyer, I spend my spare time building guitars — a craft known as luthiery — which has helped to enhance the discipline, patience and resilience needed to write better briefs, says Rob Carty at Nichols Brar.

  • Lead Like 'Ted Lasso' By Embracing Cognitive Diversity

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    The Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” aptly illustrates how embracing cognitive diversity can be a winning strategy for teams, providing a useful lesson for law firms, which can benefit significantly from fresh, diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving, says Paul Manuele at PR Manuele Consulting.

  • Justices' Criminal Law Decisions: The Term In Review

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    Each of the 11 criminal decisions issued in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recently concluded term is independently important, but taken together, they reveal trends in the court’s broader approach to criminal law, presenting both pitfalls and opportunities for defendants and their counsel, says Kenneth Notter at MoloLamken.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: July Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy considers cases touching on pre- and post-conviction detainment conditions, communications with class representatives, when the American Pipe tolling doctrine stops applying to modified classes, and more.

  • Opinion

    Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • Series

    Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • Opinion

    States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Series

    Solving Puzzles Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Tackling daily puzzles — like Wordle, KenKen and Connections — has bolstered my intellectual property litigation practice by helping me to exercise different mental skills, acknowledge minor but important details, and build and reinforce good habits, says Roy Wepner at Kaplan Breyer.

  • 1st Gender Care Ban Provides Context For High Court Case

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    The history of Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming medical care — the first such legislation in the U.S. — provides important insight into the far-reaching ramifications that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Skrmetti next term will have on transgender healthcare, says Tyler Saenz at Baker Donelson.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • In Memoriam: The Modern Administrative State

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    On June 28, the modern administrative state, where courts deferred to agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes, died when the U.S. Supreme Court overruled its previous decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council — but it is survived by many cases decided under the Chevron framework, say Joseph Schaeffer and Jessica Deyoe at Babst Calland.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For Nationwide Race-Based Hair Protections

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    While 24 states have passed laws that prohibit race-based hair discrimination, this type of bias persists in workplaces and schools, so a robust federal law is necessary to ensure widespread protection, says Samone Ijoma and Erica Roberts at Sanford Heisler.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • Opinion

    A Tale Of 2 Trump Cases: The Rule Of Law Is A Live Issue

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week in Trump v. U.S., holding that former President Donald Trump has broad immunity from prosecution, undercuts the rule of law, while the former president’s New York hush money conviction vindicates it in eight key ways, says David Postel at Henein Hutchison.

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