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Court of Appeals Reverses Judge Who Denied Transgender Name Changes

7 hours 50 min ago

The Augusta judge who denied two transgender name changes on grounds they would "confuse and mislead" the public has been reversed by the Georgia Court of Appeals and ordered to approve both requests.


Defense Firm McAngus Lures Carlock Team for New Atlanta Office

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:00

The new recruits plus a separate associate hire boost McAngus Goudelock & Courie's Atlanta lawyer headcount to 11. The office launched last summer with three partners.


Fulton Commission OKs $6M in Justice Reinvestment Spending

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 02:46

The Fulton County Commission has approved more than $6 million in spending for the county's Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a multipronged program aimed at reducing the population at the Fulton County Jail, improving behavioral health care for inmates and moving cases more quickly through the courts.


Justices to Hear Challenge to Abortion Law

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 02:36

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday on a challenge to a restrictive abortion law in which the state will claim sovereign immunity against lawsuits, as well as in a closely-watched suit over a law allowing tax credits for private school tuition.


Ogletree Adds New Offices in Oklahoma, California

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:00

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stweart, one of the nation's largest labor and employment firms, is kicking off the new year with new offices in Oklahoma City and Sacramento, California.


Atlanta Lawyer Celebrates Presidential Pardon for Client Court-Martialed for 'Being Gay'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:55

Among those President Barack Obama pardoned during his last days in office is a former U.S. Army officer who was imprisoned for having a relationship with another man while they served at different bases in Germany in 1988.


New Attorney General Carr Vows to Uphold Federalist Values

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:48

Chris Carr says he hopes for less federal overreach in his first speech as a new presidential administration prepares to step in.


House Speaker Appoints Longtime Investigator to JQC But Rejects Bar Nominees

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 06:06

The Speaker of Georgia's House of Representatives has reappointed Richard Hyde, the state Judicial Qualifications Commission's former longtime investigator, to continue serving as a commissioner on the newly-constituted agency now under the Legislature's control.


Eleventh Circuit Nixes Fraudster's Sentence, but Bolsters Prosecutors' Case

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 04:00

A ruling for from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provides new guidance for handling circumstantial evidence in securities fraud cases.


What Coca-Cola Can and Cannot Say

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:35

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has sued Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association in a case that will be heard in California, alleging they downplayed the health risks associated with its soda products.


Senior Gwinnett ADA Jailed in Prostitution Case

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 06:01

A Gwinnett County prosecutor is in jail on felony racketeering and misdemeanor pandering charges related to a raid on a Dunwoody apartment in an investigation into a purported prostitution ring.


Kardashian Sisters Lose Arbitration Bid; Carnes Cracks Cosmetic Jokes in Opinion

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:54

The Kardashian sisters were on the losing side of 11th Circuit Judge Ed Carnes' punny federal appellate court opinion issued Wednesday.


Gwinnett Assistant DA Arrested in Dunwoody Prostitution Ring

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 01:25

Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn has turned himself in to Dunwoody police on unknown charges in connection with a prostitution sting.


State Bar Submits Candidates for New Judicial Watchdog

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:45

The State Bar of Georgia's board of governors unanimously approved a list of 11 bar members to recommend to state legislators as candidates for two open seats reserved for attorneys on the newly minted state judicial watchdog agency.


Seatbelt Maker Not Liable for Alleged Design Flaw, Judge Rules

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 06:27

A federal judge has tossed out a wrongful death suit based on an alleged design flaw in a seatbelt, ruling that that company's involvement in designing and testing the belt was not sufficient to maintain the claim.


Arguments Run Overtime for $100M 911 Call Fee Fight

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 06:22

A battle between phone companies and governments over a potential $100 million bill for emergency call fees ran into extra minutes at the Georgia Court of Appeals Tuesday.


Trump Meets With 11th Circuit's Pryor

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 05:59

Judge William Pryor of Alabama reportedly met with Trump in New York on Saturday. The president-elect said last week that he would select a candidate to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia within his first two weeks in office.


Dentons' Passantino Tapped for White House Counsel's Office

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 02:24

Stefan Passantino, the head of Dentons' political law practice, told colleagues in a weekend email that he will be resigning from his Republican Party posts in Georgia in order to join the Office of White House Counsel.


Smith Gambrell Adds More Lawyers in New York

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 02:21

Just a week after opening new offices in the U.K. and Germany and announcing plans to acquire a seven-lawyer Manhattan boutique, Smith Gambrell & Russell is continuing its growth spurt in New York.


Bigger Bench Means More Questions From Justices

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:30

The Georgia Supreme Court didn't just expand this week. It warmed.