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Eleventh Circuit Questions Calhoun's Challenge of Injunction on Indigent Bail

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:43

Lawyers representing the city of Calhoun appeared Thursday before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeking to overturn a preliminary injunction that bars the city from detaining indigent defendants in misdemeanor or minor traffic cases for as long as a week simply because they cannot afford a cash bond.


Fulton Jury Awards $45.8M for Mother's Post-Delivery Injury

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 02:29

A Fulton County jury awarded more than $45.8 million to the husband and conservator for a woman left permanently brain damaged when she suffered hypertension-related heart failure a few days after delivering her baby.


PurSHOEing Justice Raises $70K for AVLF

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. PurSHOEing Justice is a fundraiser designed to recognize the legal issues facing domestic violence victims and the volunteers and programs who help them. On Feb. 8, King & Spalding was hopping as friends of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation sipped and shopped the night away, raising nearly $70,000 for AVLF’s Safe Families Office. (All photos identified from left to right.)


Topping the List for Criminal Justice Reform in GA? Probation.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:52

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform said it will focus this year on reducing the amount of time spent on probation for nonviolent offenders completing prison sentences.


Cobb Jury OKs Secret GPS Tracking by Private Eyes

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 06:29

After a Walton County woman discovered that a private investigator hired by her boss's wife had surreptitiously placed a tracking device under her car in order to trail her, her lawyer was certain a jury would view it as an illegal invasion of privacy. Not in Cobb County. After a two-day trial this month that Atlanta attorney Charles Bachman said devolved into a character assassination of plaintiff Melissa Atkins over allegations of an ultimately unproven affair, a Cobb County jury cleared Marietta private eye firm TFP Co. of all liability.


Partner Profits Break $1M in Another Big Year for Troutman Sanders

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 03:18

Troutman Sanders posted healthy revenue gains that helped push profits per partner over $1 million for the first time.


Georgia Court of Appeals Sides With Attack Rooster

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 02:26

A pet-sitter attacked by a rooster named Sam in the suburban city of Roswell cannot sue, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled.


King & Spalding Hires 6 Lateral Partners in Houston

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:41

Lawyers from two big firms in Houston, Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Bracewell, move to the Houston office of King & Spalding.


Douglas County Jury Hits Kroger for $700K in Slip and Fall Trial

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:12

The winning attorney said it's one of the largest verdicts seen in the county and signals a growing trend to award high-dollar verdicts outside of metro courts.


Troubled Ocwen Faces New Complaint in Georgia

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:57

Perennially-troubled mortgage servicer Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC just can't seem to escape complaints about its lending operations. Having reached a $225 million settlement with the state of California just last week that would restore its suspended right-to-service loans in that state, Ocwen Loan Servicing is facing new claims in Georgia that for decades it has collected interest payments from homeowners after their mortgages had been paid in full.


Ex-Prosecutor Andi Dorfman Comes Back for More 'Bachelor' Drama

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:49

Former Atlanta prosecutor turned "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman will make another appearance on ABC's "The Bachelor" next Monday evening.


Former DeKalb DA Joins Plaintiffs Firm—and Other 'On the Move' News

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:30

Former DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has joined plaintiffs firm Moriss Shim James as a name partner after 18 years as a prosecutor.


Claims Tossed Against Jail Health Provider in Suit Over Murdered Inmate

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:22

Ruling in a suit brought by the mother of a young man murdered at the Fulton County Jail, a judge dismissed negligence claims against the jail's care contractor. The claims against Corizon Health, the judge said, were actually for medical malpractice and thus should have been accompanied by an expert's affidavit as required by law.


Criminal Justice Council Recommends Probation Changes

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 01:31

Noting that Georgia has the highest felony probation rate in the country, the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform submitted a report to Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday recommending changes to felony probation.


Amid Laughs and Applause, Atlanta Bar Honors Legal Luminaries

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 06:54

The Atlanta Bar Association recognized two bar leaders—for very different reasons—at a luncheon Thursday at the Piedmont Driving Club. Judge Herbert Phipps, who retired from the Court of Appeals last year, and King & Spalding partner Catherine O'Neil.


Civil Defense Bar Holds 14th Annual Judicial Reception

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:00

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association held its 14th annual judicial reception on Feb. 2 at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters with more than 175 judges and lawyers in attendance. The statewide civil defense bar association has held similar events in Augusta and Savannah. The association's past presidents were honored at a luncheon on Feb. 3 at Capital City Club with 18 of them in attendance.


A Look at the Lawyers Who Won Key Battle in Water War

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:24

From the beginning, the Kirkland team’s strategy was to make it impossible for Florida to build its case against Georgia in an epic battle over water rights.


Court Rules Doctors Have a First Amendment Right to Discuss Gun Safety

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:44

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a Florida law barring doctors from asking patients whether they have guns in their homes violates the First Amendment.


Bessen Takes Helm as Chief Judge of Fulton County State Court

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:39

Bessen's transition comes as the court implements a new e-filing system incorporating other branches of the county's justice system.


Second Guilty Plea Widens City Hall Bribery Probe

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:27

A second city contractor is now cooperating with a federal investigation into allegations of bribery at Atlanta City Hall after he pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count Thursday.