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Voting Rights Advocates Vow to Continue Fight Against Kemp Despite Dismissal

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:41

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is cheering a federal judge's dismissal of a voting rights lawsuit filed against him by the Georgia NAACP and Common Cause, but his opponents say he's celebrating too soon.


Insurer Settles Bad Faith Claim Over Denial of Coverage in Fatal Bar Brawl

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 05:41

A convoluted case stemming from a brawl that left a man dying in a McDonough bar's parking lot has settled eight years later with the tavern's insurer, Occidental Fire and Casualty, agreeing to pay $7.8 million. The settlement nearly matches a default judgment entered against the bar after Occidental refused to defend the original case, which led to a bad-faith suit against the insurer.


YLD's 11th Annual Fundraiser Benefits the Georgia CASA

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:37

See the photo highlights from the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division's 11th Annual Signature Fundraiser.


Georgia Supreme Court Issues 6 Lawyer Discipline Opinions

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:28

The Supreme Court of Georgia issued the following six lawyer discipline decisions on Monday.


Legal Brawl Over Harassment, Sex Tape Claims Lands at High Court's Doorstep

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:34

After twice sidestepping efforts to draw it into what can aptly be described as a burgeoning legal food fight involving the chairman and former CEO of iconic Southern restaurant chain Waffle House and his longtime housekeeper and personal assistant, the state Supreme Court has decided to weigh in on whether a Cobb County judge should have stripped the housekeeper of her legal counsel.


2 More Suits Over Flawed Sperm Bank Donor Tossed

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:59

A federal judge has thrown out two cases against a Georgia sperm bank over claims that it misled clients about the psychiatric, educational and criminal background of a sperm donor.


Alston Raids Reed Smith, MoFo for New San Francisco Office

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:54

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird has scooped up financial services litigator Michael Agoglia from Morrison & Foerster and a seven-lawyer class action defense team led by Robert "Bo" Phillips Jr. from Reed Smith to open a San Francisco office and expand its Los Angeles office.


Parker Poe Lands Bonds Pro from Eversheds Sutherland—and Other 'On the Move' News

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:27

Parker Poe has recruited public finance partner Matt Nichols from Sutherland Eversheds for its new Atlanta office, which the Charlotte-based firm launched last year.


U.S. Appeals Court Vacates Injunction Halting City's Practice of Jialing Those Too Poor to Post Bail

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

A federal appellate panel in Atlanta whose members had offered blistering verbal critiques of lawyers defending the city of Calhoun's practice of jailing people too poor to post misdemeanor bonds nevertheless have handed the city an appellate win.


Revenue Slips Slightly at Morris Manning After Record Year

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 06:19

Morris Manning & Martin, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, posted modest decreases in revenue and profit for 2016 after landmark gains the year before.


Georgia High Court Rules Internet Streaming of Pre-1972 Recordings Isn't Piracy

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 03:12

Media companies that stream music recordings made prior to 1972 over the internet without paying royalties or licensing fees are not violating Georgia's criminal record piracy law, the state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous opinion handed down Monday.


Bush Appointee Takes Issue With Ending Federal Funding for Legal Services

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 03:01

Among those decrying the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp. is a Republican stalwart who takes issue with conservative arguments for targeting federally-funded legal services. Frank Strickland has fought for funding for LSC before, and he sounds ready to do it again.


Judge Shawn LaGrua an Unlikely Champion of Offender Reform Program

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 01:58

Judge Shawn LaGrua's offender reform program generally targets 16- to 29-year-old offenders facing charges for aggravated assault, burglary, robbery and armed robbery.


Wilson Elser Enters Atlanta With Defense Litigation Focus

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 04:43

Fast-growing Wilson Elser has opened an Atlanta office—its first in the Southeast—with a six-lawyer team from Gordon & Rees led by Jeffrey Melcher.


Cathy Cox Appointed Dean of Mercer Law School

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 03:09

Mercer University School of Law announced Thursday that Cathy Cox, the former Georgia secretary of state and current president of Young Harris College, will take over as dean in July.


U.S. News Rankings Shuffle Law Schools Around Nation and in Georgia

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 01:56

Finally breaking into the top 10 law schools, Northwestern tied with Duke Law School for the No. 10 spot, one of several notable changes among the top schools on this year's list, which was released Tuesday. Yale Law School, which stayed No. 1. Among Georgia law schools, Emory University stayed at No. 22, and the University of Georgia improved three spots to No. 30.


Partner Pipeline Slows for Atlanta Law Firms

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:00

Fewer associates made partner this year at big firms in the city. Most who did were men.


Georgia Keeps 2 US Attorneys Unaffected by Trump Resignation Directive

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 07:00

Only one of Georgia's three U.S. attorneys has resigned following the Trump administration's sudden decision last Friday to terminate nearly four dozen U.S. attorneys across the country appointed by former President Barack Obama.


What's It Like to Hit a Buzzer-Beater in the NCAA Tournament? This Big Law Partner Knows

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 03:00

Barry Goheen has won some impressive defense victories, but this time of year, the King & Spalding litigation partner is remembered by some for his offense ... 29 years ago on a basketball court in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Attorney Asks High Court to Reconsider 'Dangerous' Reversal of Dental Molestation Verdict

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 02:00

After the Georgia Supreme Court threw out a $3.7 million jury award to a woman who was molested while under anesthesia at a dental office, her attorneys last week filed a motion for reconsideration asserting that the unanimous decision was wrong legally and also reflected an "out of touch and dangerous view of sexual assault that does not accord with modern knowledge and understanding."