Georgia

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Official Clark's Atty Discipline Hearing Begins In DC

    D.C. Bar authorities told a Washington, D.C., ethics panel on Tuesday that former U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark attempted to leverage the DOJ to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on a lie, while Clark's attorney denounced the ethics charges against his client as "absurd."

  • March 25, 2024

    Walmart Blocks DOJ Proceedings Over Immigration Records

    The federal government cannot continue pursuing proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer against Walmart for alleged violations of immigration-related recordkeeping requirements, a Georgia federal judge ruled Monday, saying the office's administrative law judges unconstitutionally carry out federal law without presidential oversight.

  • March 25, 2024

    Wild Horses Can't Drag Ga., Feds Into Enviro Suit, Judge Told

    U.S. and Georgia government officials have again asked a Peach State federal court to throw out claims they illegally neglected feral horses on Cumberland Island, arguing a revised lawsuit from conservation groups still can't show they are responsible for damage committed by the animals.

  • March 25, 2024

    Atlanta Wants Ex-Eatery's 'Spurious' Demolition Suit Tossed

    The city of Atlanta has asked a Georgia federal judge to dismiss a property owner's suit accusing it, its property review board and its police department of trying to illegally demolish the property, once set to become a Starbucks coffee shop, without proper notification.

  • March 25, 2024

    Truist Says Plastic Co. Trying To Dodge $20M Default

    Faced with the threat of a Georgia plastics company absconding with millions in assets after defaulting on a series of loans, Truist Financial Corp. has asked a federal court to halt an alleged fraud in progress by the manufacturer by appointing a receiver to take control of its property.

  • March 25, 2024

    Ga. Judge Slams Attys Over 'Incredible' House Arrest Request

    A Georgia federal judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a cybersecurity contractor convicted of hacking into a hospital's computer systems after tearing into his attorneys over their request for nearly five years of home confinement instead of prison, for which the judge found "no basis."

  • March 25, 2024

    Atty Urges 11th Circ. To Revive Race Bias Suit Against Ga. Bar

    A Georgia attorney who is accusing the state bar of having an "apartheid disciplinary process" that discriminates against Black lawyers asked the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to revive her discrimination suit, saying the lower court erred when it found it didn't have jurisdiction in the case.

  • March 25, 2024

    Disbarred Ga. Atty Takes Reinstatement Fight To 11th Circ.

    A disbarred Georgia attorney has called on the Eleventh Circuit to revive her suit challenging the denial of her reinstatement bid, arguing that a lower court was wrong to find she doesn't have standing because she is no longer an attorney or does not have a pending readmission application.

  • March 25, 2024

    Trump Ally Jeffrey Clark Faces Disbarment In DC Hearing

    In a case one expert called "the single most significant" in the history of the Washington, D.C., bar, a former U.S. Department of Justice official is set to go before an ethics panel this week to face charges over his role in former President Donald Trump's efforts to undermine the 2020 election.

  • March 25, 2024

    Radio Host's Sex Orientation Bias Claims Fall Flat At 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit rejected a former radio host's push for a second shot at pursuing his claims that he was fired because of his bisexuality, after the panel found he hadn't overcome the station's argument that he was terminated over a drunken episode at a concert.

  • March 25, 2024

    Justices Won't Review 11th Circ. $285M Arbitrator Bias Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an Eleventh Circuit decision refusing to vacate $285 million in arbitral awards issued to the operator of the Panama Canal, a case that the petitioners said raised questions about the standard by which courts may nix awards over an arbitrator's "evident partiality."

  • March 25, 2024

    Trump Can't Dismiss Hush Money Case, Trial Set For April

    A New York state judge on Monday emphatically denied Donald Trump's motion to dismiss the Manhattan district attorney's hush money case in the wake of a late evidence dump by federal prosecutors, scolding the former president's attorney and setting trial for April 15.

  • March 22, 2024

    Edible Arrangements' Prior Deal Forecloses IP Row With Rival

    A Georgia federal judge ended Edible Arrangements' trademark suit accusing 1-800-Flowers.com of bidding on and buying keywords related to Edible's products for search engine advertisements, finding the parties' prior settlement releasing 1-800-Flowers from similar conduct challenged by Edible in Connecticut federal court years ago barred its current action.

  • March 22, 2024

    Marketers Want FCC Robocall Rule Put On Ice During Appeal

    A trade group has asked the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on a rule approved in December clamping down on robocalls and texts while the organization pursues an Eleventh Circuit challenge to the new regulations.

  • March 22, 2024

    Judge Cuts ICE Contractor, Keeps US In Medical Abuse Suit

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday left standing only a narrow sliver of class claims against the federal government from immigrant women alleging they underwent invasive, unnecessary medical procedures while in federal custody, dismissing the bulk of their lawsuit.

  • March 22, 2024

    Legal Tech Execs Can't Arbitrate ESOP Valuation Fight 

    A legal technology company's executives and related entities can't arbitrate a proposed class action alleging they undervalued the company's shares when shutting down its employee stock ownership plan, thereby costing participants $35.4 million, a Georgia federal judge ruled, finding the plan's arbitration clauses blocked remedies allowed by federal benefits law.

  • March 22, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Pipefitting Co. Must Rehire Union Workers

    A Georgia pipefitting company violated federal labor law when it prematurely terminated a project labor agreement with a union, then fired or rescinded job offers to 18 union-represented workers, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday, upholding decisions by a National Labor Relations Board panel and an agency judge.

  • March 22, 2024

    Ex-Ga. Insurance Head Cops To Healthcare Kickback Scheme

    Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine pled guilty Friday to working with an Atlanta-area doctor to run a multimillion-dollar medical testing kickback scheme just weeks before he was set to face trial in federal court.

  • March 22, 2024

    Fleetcor, Ga. Man Agree To Settle Reimbursement Denial Row

    A Georgia man claiming a payment processing company wrongfully denied him reimbursement for funds stolen from his bank account has agreed to settle his suit with the parent company Fleetcor Technologies Inc. in Georgia federal court.

  • March 22, 2024

    GOP States Can't Step Into Asylum Limits Suit, DC Judge Told

    The Biden administration and a group of asylum-seekers say Republican-led states can't intervene in their attempts to settle a lawsuit challenging asylum limits, with both parties saying the states had admitted that the administration adequately represented their interests.

  • March 22, 2024

    Trump Election Case Gives Young Ga. Judge 'A World Stage'

    As Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee prepares for perhaps the highest profile case he will ever see, legal experts and former state justices told Law360 that the young jurist has the ethics and temperament to not let the politically charged Donald Trump prosecution derail a promising legal career.

  • March 22, 2024

    Ga. GOP Chair Must Face State Court Charges, 11th Circ. Told

    Fulton County prosecutors on Thursday urged the 11th Circuit to keep former Georgia GOP Chair David Shafer's election interference case in state court, arguing that his federal removal bid is based on the "fiction" that his role as a would-be elector for the 2020 election somehow grants him federal officer status.

  • March 21, 2024

    Year Deadline On Inspection Tort Is 'Absurd,' Ga. Justices Told

    A lawyer for the family of a man who was killed when his home's retaining wall collapsed told the Supreme Court of Georgia on Thursday that the home's inspector should be liable for his death, calling a one-year cutoff on litigation asserted by the inspector "absurd."

  • March 21, 2024

    AGs Urge Congress To Address Hemp Intoxicants In Farm Bill

    A bipartisan coalition of 21 attorneys general is urging Congress to address what the state officials call a public health and safety crisis by amending federal hemp policy to clarify that intoxicating products derived from hemp extracts are not legal under federal law.

  • March 21, 2024

    Feds Defend Congressional Authority To Reduce HFCs

    The EPA is urging the D.C. Circuit to reject coolant industry challenges to a gradual reduction of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons, arguing it had a congressional mandate to establish the phase-out and correctly excluded recent years' chemical imports from future quota calculations.

Expert Analysis

  • Trump NY Fraud Trial Shows Civil, Criminal Case Differences

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    Former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial currently unfolding in New York provides a reminder that civil bench trials can be just as damaging, if not more so, than criminal prosecutions, due to several key elements of civil litigation procedure, says retired attorney David Moskowitz.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Ga. Appeal Shows Benefits Of Questioning Jury Instructions

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    A Georgia Court of Appeals’ October decision, holding a trial court erred in using pattern jury instructions that refer to a long-repealed standard of evidence, underscores the importance of scrutinizing language in established jury instructions and seizing the opportunity to push back against outdated patterns, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Young Thug Case Spotlights Debate Over Lyric Admissibility

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    A Georgia court’s recent ruling, allowing prosecutors to use some of rapper Young Thug’s lyrics in his conspiracy trial, captures the ongoing debate about whether rap lyrics are admissible, with courts often stretching the boundaries of the federal evidence rules, say Amy Buice at Smith Gambrell and Emily Ward at Continuum Legal Group.

  • A Look At Successful Bid Protests In FY 2023

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    Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin look beyond the statistics in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent annual report on bid protests, sharing their insights about nine categories of sustained protests, gained from reading every fiscal year 2023 decision in which the protester had a positive result.

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