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.
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.
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.
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.
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."