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Atlanta Bar Extends Condolences on Loss of Judge Jack Etheridge

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:00
The Atlanta Bar Association mourns the recent passing of one of the organization's past president, who served as president during 1962-63.

High Court Grants Woman With Lung Disease Right to Sue Asbestos Pipe-Maker

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:18
The Georgia Supreme Court has given a woman suffering from a fatal lung disease the right to continue with her lawsuit against the company that made the asbestos-containing pipe she claims caused her illness.

Partner Promotions: King & Spalding's Focus This Year Is Washington

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 06:16
Half of King & Spalding's 14 new partners will be in Washington as the firm focuses on regulatory and litigation work in the nation's capital.

The Siren Call of Judicial Diversity

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 02:45
The call for diversity in the judiciary and other groups is a push for demographic quotas, a reader says.

DOJ's Sally Yates Is 'Optimistic' Trump Won't Trash Namesake Enforcement Memo

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 02:16
Sally Yates, the second-in-command at the U.S. Justice Department, is getting a lot of questions these days as the Obama administration draws to a close.

Atlanta Rapper Settles False Arrest Suit for $300K

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:04
A prominent Atlanta rapper and producer who was jailed on charges of being a member of a smash-and-grab jewel-robbing crew has settled his claims against the Richmond County sheriff and two officers for $300,000.

Sutherland Controls Identity in Proposed Eversheds Deal

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:14
The Atlanta legal market stands to see its second trans-Atlantic merger deal in as many years with the news that Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan could combine with U.K.-based Eversheds, but the path and outcome for Sutherland will likely be much different.

High Court Directs Judicial Watchdog Agency to Reconsider Open-Courts Opinion

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 04:07
The Supreme Court of Georgia has ordered the state Judicial Qualifications Commission to reconsider its three-year-old advisory opinion that prohibits the state's judges from barring the public from their courtrooms except in rare circumstances. The court also found it has authority to review the watchdog agency's advisory opinions, even though it has never before done so.

Supreme Court Reverses DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis' Bribery Conviction

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 02:52
The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed attempted extortion and perjury convictions for former DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer W. Burrell Ellis Jr.

Sutherland and Eversheds Are in Talks to Combine

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:39
Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is in talks to combine with Eversheds, one of the U.K.'s largest firms, the two firms announced Tuesday.

Lawyers Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to Reverse $2.7M Fee Sanction

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 05:45
Two Atlanta lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a $2.7 million attorney fee sanction against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. awarded by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, saying the punishment is excessive and violates established rules for making such awards.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Jack Etheridge

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 12:41
State Bar of Georgia president writes to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of former Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jack P. Etheridge Sr. of Atlanta on his recent passing.

Appeals Court Revives High-Stakes Lawsuit Against TBS

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 05:58
Defense attorneys for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. have filed notice of intent to seek Georgia Supreme Court review of an opinion that split the state Court of Appeals, over the company's liability for the catastrophic injury of an electrician's helper.

Young Lawyer Wins $7M for Client Injured in Transport Van Crash

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 03:01
A young lawyer who joined the state bar in 2013 and was trying his second case as lead counsel scored a $7 million victory for his client.

Court Rules Ga. Law Doesn't Bar Coaches from Consensual Sex with Students

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:37
The state Supreme Court found the law's language only makes it illegal for teachers and administrators to have sex with students, even if they are 16.

Atlanta Lawyers Observed 'Fair and Lawful' Haitian Election

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 02:21
Two Atlanta lawyers who traveled to Haiti to observe last Sunday's long-delayed presidential election said it went much better this time around than results last year that left the country with no clear leadership.

Appeals Court Revives Challenge to Georgia Power Nuclear Fees

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 01:44
The Georgia Court of Appeals has revived a proposed class action accusing Georgia Power Co. of overcharging ratepayers on fees added to their bill to help pay for two new reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Legal Malpractice Suit: Attorney's Forgery Cost British Filmmaker Visa, Job

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 06:02

An award-winning British wildlife documentary producer has sued Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart and a former attorney there over claims that she was fired from her position as National Geographic Television's vice president of natural history projects when the nonprofit discovered that a signature had been forged on her annual visa documents.