R. Robin McDonald

Free Online Access to Georgia's Legal Code Violates Copyright, Judge Says

R. Robin McDonald

One day after a federal judge in Atlanta ruled that the state of Georgia may copyright its official legal code and pursue infringers, a California public records activist who had made Georgia's code available for free to the general public began work on an appeal.

DeKalb Ethics Officer Once Again Targeted by Former Public Official Facing Ethics Inquiry

R. Robin McDonald

The last time government officials tried to keep DeKalb County attorney Stacey Kalberman from doing her job as ethics chief, it cost the state of Georgia $1.15 million.

Alston & Bird Sued: Client Alleges Bad Advice, Cover-up Led to $7.6M Tax Bill

R. Robin McDonald

An Atlanta-based private equity investment firm is suing longtime legal counsel Alston & Bird over claims that Alston lawyers provided bad legal advice based on a multimillion-dollar math error—then allegedly attempted to cover it up.

Legal Brawl Over Harassment, Sex Tape Claims Lands at High Court's Doorstep

R. Robin McDonald

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

U.S. Appeals Court Vacates Injunction Halting City's Practice of Jailing Those Too Poor to Post Bail

R. Robin McDonald

A federal appellate panel in Atlanta whose members had offered blistering verbal critiques of lawyers defending the city of Calhoun's practice of jailing people too poor to post misdemeanor bonds nevertheless have handed the city an appellate win.

Georgia High Court Rules Internet Streaming of Pre-1972 Recordings Isn't Piracy

R. Robin McDonald

Media companies that stream music recordings made prior to 1972 over the internet without paying royalties or licensing fees are not violating Georgia's criminal record piracy law, the state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous opinion handed down Monday.

Georgia Keeps 2 US Attorneys Unaffected by Trump Resignation Directive

R. Robin McDonald

Only one of Georgia's three U.S. attorneys has resigned following the Trump administration's sudden decision last Friday to terminate nearly four dozen U.S. attorneys across the country appointed by former President Barack Obama.

New Rule to Restrict Cameras in Courtrooms Could Hamper Media Access

R. Robin McDonald

The growing use of electronic devices by the public to record events and broadcast them over the internet has prompted Georgia's superior court judges to dramatically rewrite the state's longtime rule governing the presence of cameras in court.

Judicial Dementia Inquiries Would Be Confidential Under New JQC Bill

R. Robin McDonald

The legislation, intended to make the state's judicial watchdog more transparent, includes a carve-out for proceedings involving complaints of judicial incapacity.

Class Action Takes Bite at Prescription Pet Food

R. Robin McDonald

The lawsuit claims several prescription pet food products sold to dog and cat owners at inflated prices are available for less money without the prescription.

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