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Famed SC Civil Rights Protesters Have Convictions Erased

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:30

The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom.

        

Judge to Agriculture Commissioner: No Means No

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:45

In response to a request to clarify an order issued last year, a Fulton County judge has ordered the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Commissioner Gary Black not to enforce packing rules regarding Vidalia onions that the court deemed unconstitutional last year.

        

Prosecutor: Gregg Allman Filmmaker Never Given Immunity

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:15

Prosecutors never promised immunity from criminal charges to a filmmaker indicted after a crew member was killed by a train while shooting a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman, the district attorney said in a court filing.

        

Court Rejects Oft-Used Defense in Off-the-Clock Case

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:00

A panel of the Atlanta-based federal appeals court has rejected a defense that employers have been raising in the face of wage-and-hour lawsuits.

        

Citing Evidence of Lying, Judge Says Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Pierced in Health Fraud Case

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:25

A federal judge in Atlanta said that "troubling revelations" about testimony by current and former employees of a national chain of dialysis clinics being sued by whistleblowers prompted him on Tuesday to personally question the employees about whether the chain's lawyers may have prompted them to lie under oath.

        

Thompson Hine Adds Real Estate Lawyers as Market Revives

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 02:15

Real estate lawyers are back in demand as the market revives from the recession. Two of them, Stephen Schrock and Christine Schneider, have reunited at Thompson Hine to build a traditional practice representing developers, lenders and investors in real estate projects.

        

LA Jury Awards $5 Million to Funk Legend Sly Stone

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 01:35

Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties.

        

JNC Submits Short List for DeKalb Judgeships

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:45

The commission charged with vetting potential judicial appointments has submitted a list of eight lawyers to Gov. Nathan Deal to fill two vacancies on the DeKalb County bench.

        

Cobb County Judge Abruptly Resigns

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:50

A judge is calling it quits, effective Jan. 26, citing health reasons.

        

Jury Awards $22M in Med-Mal Case, Nixes Punitives [VIDEO]

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 05:30

One day after a Fulton County jury awarded $22 million to the family of a woman who was left brain damaged during treatment for back pain, the panel declined to award punitive damages against the doctor who performed the procedure.

        

JNC Submits Short List for DeKalb Judgeships

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 05:00

The eight lawyers nominated to fill two judicial vacancies in DeKalb County represent a wide range of public and private sector practice areas.

        

Jury Declines Punitives After Awarding $22M in Med-Mal Case [VIDEO]

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:30

One day after a Fulton County jury awarded $22 million to the family of a woman who was left brain damaged during treatment for back pain, the panel declined to award any punitive damages against the doctor who performed the procedure.

        

Judge Sends Court Reporters to Jail for Overbilling

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:15

Three court reporters pleaded guilty to racketeering and were sentenced to jail after overbilling for transcripts.

        

Defense Wins in Student Mock Trial [SLIDESHOW]

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:45

The jurors and the lawyers seemed particularly young in this trial—and so did the audience.

        

Littler Recruits Four Partners From Ogletree

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:10

Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest labor and employment firm, has recruited four shareholders from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, the nation's second-largest labor and employment firm.

        

Ill. Twins Who Ran Major US Drug Ring Sentenced to 14 Years Each

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:30

A federal judge sentenced twin brothers on Tuesday to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and other Mexican cartel leaders.

        

Ga. Man Who Killed a Fellow Prisoner to Be Executed Tuesday

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:15

A Georgia man who has come within hours of execution three times in recent years is scheduled to die Tuesday evening unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes. Warren Lee Hill's lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

        

How Does Your Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Database

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:00

Find out what Georgia lawyers and firms located here charge. Plus, our annual Going Rate special issue coverage explores the art—and science—behind crafting the perfect hourly rate.

        

Whistleblowers Fined $1.6M for Talking to Reporters While Case Was Sealed

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:50

A federal judge in Atlanta has fined two whistleblowers $1.6 million for speaking confidentially to members of the news media about their fraud suit against the nation's biggest banks while it was being investigated by the U.S. attorney and was, by law, under seal.

        

Jury Awards Texas Family $165M in FedEx Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00

A jury in Santa Fe has awarded an El Paso, Texas family $165 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx.

        

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