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Form of Production for E-Discovery: Know the Rules

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:15

In e-discovery, function follows form. As a result of this truism, I've found that there is a correlation between the amount of experience an attorney has with e-discovery and the strength of his feelings about the form in which documents should be produced.

        

Reed Seeks to Have Former Fire Chief's Lawsuit Dismissed

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:30

The city of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the city's former fire chief who was fired after self-publishing a book that described homosexuality as a perversion.

        

Before the Billable Hour

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:00

It was the mid-1960s and associates at Alston, Miller & Gaines were upset about a rumor floating around their tony offices that a clerk was adding up the hours each attorney worked—a new concept called "billable hours."

        

Editor's Note: About Our Methodology

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:00

For more than 20 years, the Daily Report's Going Rate issue has offered a peek at Georgia lawyers' hourly rates. The rates were culled from Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in Georgia's three U.S. bankruptcy courts.

        

How Does Your 2015 Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Updated Database

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:00

Find out what Georgia lawyers charge. Plus, our annual Going Rate special issue coverage explores what law practice was like before the billable hour.

        

Lockheed Pays $2 Million to End Probe

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:15

Lockheed Martin will pay $2 million to the federal government to end an investigation that it overbilled for fuel it used while manufacturing C-130 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced Friday.

        

Judge Defends Telling Jury of Mandatory Sentence

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:45

Judge Wendy Shoob said she has a right to express her opinion on mandatory sentences and had a duty to tell Fulton County Superior Court jurors that if they convicted a defendant of armed robbery, she'd have to sentence him to life.

        

Georgia Justices Toss Stalking Order Against Critic of 'Dash' Poet

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:45

The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday tossed a lower court's order that a Columbus man stay away from a Marietta woman—the author of the oft-cited poem "The Dash"—and remove hundreds of posts about her from his website.

        

Lockheed to Pay $2M to Settle Allegations it Overbilled Govt

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:10

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say Lockheed Martin Corporation has agreed to pay $2 million to settle allegations it overbilled the government for fuel it used while manufacturing planes for the U.S. Air Force.

        

Newell Rubbermaid Names New GC

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:30

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. has named Bradford Turner its new general counsel, succeeding John Stipancich, who became the company's chief financial officer and executive vice president in February.

        

Jury Awards Nearly $1M in Motorcycle-Truck Crash

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:30

A jury in the small town of Thomson has awarded nearly $1 million to a motorcycle rider whose ankle was crushed after he was hit from behind by a truck.

        

Congratulations to Attorney on Diversity Council Selection [LETTER]

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:30

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to attorney Damany F. Ransom of Baker Donelson in Atlanta on his selection into the 2015 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization of top general counsels and managing partners in the legal profession.

        

New UGA Law School Program Focuses on Environmental Law

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:00

Students at the University of Georgia's law school are getting a new opportunity to learn about environmental law in coastal communities.

        

Business Lobby Fights to Soften Bill Allowing More Suits by Sex Abuse Victims

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 06:00

The sponsor of a bill that would make it easier for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers or other entities that allowed the abuse said the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is responsible for diluting the measure.

        

Ga. Appeals Panel Rejects Claims Against Insurance Inspector Who Looked at Sugar Plant

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:30

The Georgia Court of Appeals has rejected claims against an insurance company affiliate over its inspection of a Georgia sugar refinery plant that experienced a deadly explosion in 2008.

        

Fulton DA Wants Judge Off Case Over Comment to Jury

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:00

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is seeking to disqualify Judge Wendy Shoob from a criminal trial after she purportedly told a jury that if they convicted a defendant for armed robbery, the man would spend his life in jail.

        

Pregnancy, Childbirth Can Be 'Injury' in Molestation Case, Judges Rule

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:45

Pregnancy and childbirth can constitute a "physical injury" so as to support a prosecution for aggravated child molestation, a panel of the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

        

Marietta Resident Charged With Smuggling Guns to Colombian Cartel

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:20

On March 1, Colombian drug agents intercepted a package destined for Medellin, Colombia, from Marietta, Georgia, at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota.

        

Anonymous Tip, Drugs in Car Aren’t Enough for Home Search, Panel Says

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:25

The Georgia Court of Appeals has thrown out the discovery of 10 types of drugs in a man's home, holding that an anonymous tip and the finding of a small amount of marijuana in the man's car were not enough to justify the search of his house.

        

High Court Sides With Ex-UPS Worker Who Claims Pregnancy Bias

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:00

The U.S. Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

        

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