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Ann Marie Byrd

Football Player, Partner Hit With $9.5M Judgment in Failed Development Bid

By Greg Land |

Two courts ruled simultaneously that a pair of would-be real estate developers, including National Football League player Charles Woodson, must pay more than $9.5 million for defaulting on a loan for a failed development they planned near the Georgia Dome.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

11th Circuit: No Offer in 'Million-Dollar Challenge'

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Law students should be careful putting their new knowledge to work, a federal appeals court suggested on Thursday.

Mary E. Staley

Trial Judges to Ask for $45K in Raises Over Three Years

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Georgia judges and prosecutors will press lawmakers for substantial state pay raises next year, citing more than a decade of going without.

Thomas Stipanowich: Pepperdine University was “at the tip of the spear in terms of change when it came to [teaching] mediations.”

Law Schools Are Awakening to the Need to Teach ADR

By Mary Welch |

In a report called "The Vanishing Trial," The American Bar Association struck a nerve when it asked if cases that went before a judge or jury were on the endangered list.

Sony Hack Stirs Worry About Cybersecurity

By Patience Haggin |

Data-privacy lawyers say Sony's woes are highlighting a new set of risks faced by companies that hadn't seen themselves in the line of fire.

UGA Paid More Than $40,000 for Gurley's Legal Help

The University of Georgia paid an attorney more than $40,000 to represent Todd Gurley while he sought reinstatement from the NCAA after he was suspended for accepting money for autographs.

Lester Tate

Wrongful Death Case Brewing in Helen Over Shooting of Woman Wearing Hijab

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A wrongful death case is developing over the fatal shooting of an Iraqi-American woman in the North Georgia mountain town of Helen.

Leigh Patterson

Murder Trial Surprise: Witness Claimed to Be the Killer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Floyd County prosecutor said she encountered in a murder trial this week a situation she'd never faced in 22 years of practice: a witness claiming responsibility for the crime instead of the defendant.

L-R Andrew Cobin, Kristie Connell, Scott Connell, Greg Newsome and D. Parks White

Prosecutor Replaces Military Adrenaline With Mud Racing

By Mary Helen Martin |

When attorney Parks White came back from serving in Iraq in 2010, the pace of life appeared different to him.

Daily Report's Top 20 Headlines for 2014

This year's top 20 articles rated by number of page views on www.dailyreportonline.com between Jan. 1 and Dec. 18.

Whatever Happened To...?

Daily Report Looks Back on Some of 2014’s Biggest Stories

Daily Report Releases Online 2014 Georgia Legal Almanac

Data on the legal profession, the business of law, case results, the lawyers and the bench are included in this free product.

Matthew C. Billips

Fulton Deputy Files Whistleblower Suit Over Now-Reversed Firing

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County sheriff's deputy who claims she was fired for reporting on improper procedures concerning jail inmate visitation—and who has since been ordered reinstated by the county's Personnel Board—has filed a whistleblower suit against the county and Sheriff Ted Jackson, seeking back pay and other damages for the several months she was put of work.

Robert James

Our Newsmaker of the Year in 2013 Has Had a Bumpy 2014

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A year ago, the Daily Report recognized Robert James, the DeKalb County district attorney, as its Newsmaker of the Year for 2013 for being a driving force in prominent and complex prosecutions.

Enrollment Declines Further at Georgia's Law Schools

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia law schools are not immune to the continued national decline in applications and enrollment.

l-r: Matthew Wetherington and Michael Werner of The Werner Firm.

Rejecting $2M for Severed Leg Pays Off: Rome Jury Awards Plaintiff $8.6M

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Floyd hospital employee who rejected a $2 million offer to settle his suit after losing his leg when a hospital vehicle collided with his motorcycle was awarded $8.6 million last week by a jury in Rome.

Debby Stone

Lawyer Career Coach Highlights 'Positivity'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Well-being, positivity and mindfulness were hot topics at a National Association for Law Placement conference in Washington this month, according to Debby Stone, a lawyer who now coaches others lawyers on careers.

No Cuban Embargo? No Problem

By John Pacenti |

With an overnight thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, legal experts were cautious Wednesday about visions of U.S. companies doing business in Cuba.

Second Photo Book of Georgia's 159 Courthouses Hits the Shelves

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, the University of Georgia Press and the Georgia Humanities Council have released "Courthouses of Georgia," a 368-page book with pictures and descriptions of every one of the state's 159 "temples of justice."

Robert King

Patent Reform Likely to Succeed in Next Congress

By Robert A. King |

While it is no secret that patent trolling is a significant problem in the United States, many wonder why efforts at reform have stalled in recent years, especially with associated costs continuing to rise.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Deal Names New Paulding County Judge

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal has named an associate juvenile court judge to the Paulding Circuit Superior Court bench.

Sen.-Elect David Perdue tells members of the Federalist Society on Tuesday he hopes to bring “a common-sense approach” to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator-Elect to Georgia Lawyers: Judges 'Shouldn't Create Law'

By Alyson M. Palmer |

In one of his first public speaking engagements since being elected to the Senate last month, David Perdue on Tuesday told a gathering of mostly conservative Georgia lawyers that judges "shouldn't create law."

Charles

Tax Court Founder Returns to Morris Manning

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two years after starting the state's first tax court, Chuck Beaudrot Jr. is returning to Morris Manning & Martin, where he was the firm's senior tax partner for 30 years.

Rand Csehy

Lawyer Jailed for Drug Use in Court Is Released on Bond in Time for the Holidays

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Rand Csehy, the former narcotics prosecutor turned criminal defense lawyer who has been indicted on drug charges, was released from jail early Tuesday morning after a five-day stay, according to Cobb County Sheriff's Department inmate records and a spokeswoman for the district attorney.

Richard Dobb

North Highland Co. GC Discusses The Specialized Task of Guiding An ESOP-Owned Consulting Firm

By Mary Welch |

Richard Dobb is the vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of The North Highland Co., an Atlanta-based global management consulting firm.

DeKalb Judge Candidates Have Till Dec. 22 To Apply

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's commission that vets prospective judges is accepting nominations to fill a vacancy on the DeKalb County State Court bench.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Suit: Grady Security Guards Beat, Ejected Ill ER Patient

By Greg Land |

A suit filed Friday in Fulton County State Court accuses Grady Memorial Hospital security guards of beating an emergency room patient who collapsed onto a stretcher while awaiting treatment, accusing him of faking his illness and having him arrested by Atlanta police.

Bar Mourns Former Judge Mathews, Attorney Phillips

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of former Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Wesley M. Mathews Jr. and attorney Charles E. Phillips Sr. of College Park on their recent passings.

Jeffrey W. Davis

Meth Addiction Made Witness Against Ex-Judge Vulnerable

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Murray County resident Angela Garmley first complained to the state judicial disciplinary agency two years ago that the county's chief magistrate judge solicited sex in exchange for a favorable ruling in a case she had before him, she set in motion a chain of events that made her a reluctant star witness in the judge's political demise and conviction last week for federal civil rights and drug violations.

Jennifer Kornder

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts’ 2014 Gala [SLIDESHOW]

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts held its annual gala Dec. 10 at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. A record 350 supporters of GLA attended.

Nowell Berreth

Alston Lawyer Racks Up SCOTUS Win

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a 5-4 victory to an Atlanta lawyer on his first trip to the high court.

Motions to Disqualify: Four Things to Know

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Few things are worse for an attorney than getting a new big matter, starting work, and then facing a motion to disqualify.

Judge Watson L. White

A Look Back at the Life of Cobb County Senior Judge Watson White

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Retired Cobb County Superior Court Judge Watson White—a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1950—died Dec. 13, according to an obituary and a news report in the Marietta Daily Journal. He was 93.

Charles H. (Chuck) Kuck

Metro Atlanta Sheriffs Opt Out of Controversial ICE Holds as Administration Restricts Their Scope

By Meredith Hobbs |

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is the latest metro Atlanta sheriff's office to announce that it will not hold jailed undocumented immigrants beyond their release date so that federal immigration authorities can take them into custody.

Going Rate 2014

How Does Your Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Database

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.

Meet 40 Rising Stars and a Luminary

By Mary Smith Judd |

It was bound to happen. Our annual On the Rise issue is now a family affair. The 2014 class includes the spouse of one past pick and a sibling of another.

Attorney Michael L. Werner of Werner & Associates

Report: Rome Jury Awards $8.5M to Motorcycle Rider Hit by Ambulance

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Floyd County Superior Court jury has reached an $8.5 million verdict for a motorcycle rider hit by an ambulance, The Rome News-Tribune reports.

David Boone

Lawyer Explores if Lawsuits Can Curb Sex Trafficking

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Plaintiffs attorney David Boone has formed a nonprofit corporation to promote the use of the civil justice system to combat human trafficking.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Attorney Kirk McAlpin

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of former State Bar President Kirk M. McAlpin, who made his mark on the legal profession in both Savannah and Atlanta, on his recent passing.

Atlanta Attorney Robert Thompson Jr.

Two Lawyers Hit With Default Judgment in Suits by Clients

By Greg Land |

Two Georgia attorneys—both under suspension by the State Bar of Georgia—have defaulted on a 2013 suit filed by a Douglas County couple who say they paid the lawyers thousands of dollars to forestall foreclosure proceedings only to lose their home when neither lawyer performed any services.

Judson Turner

Judson Turner Tapped as State Water Czar

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

In response to mounting water litigation, Gov. Nathan Deal has created a new role of water czar and named a top government lawyer to the position.

Jeff Harris

Ford Settles Last of 'Insurance Fallout' Cases

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Ford Motor Co. has quietly settled the last of a series of product liability cases the Georgia Supreme Court ordered the carmaker to retry because of failures to disclose its insurance coverage during jury selection.

John C. Yates

Three Ways to Build a Better Contact Database

By John C. Yates |

As technology has advanced, so have the tools available to lawyers in the area of contact management—the art of maintaining and managing information on contacts, clients and prospects.

Cynthia Counts

Cobb County Pays $100K To Woman Arrested After Insulting Police

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Cobb County political activist Amy Barnes chanted "F--- the police" as she bicycled past two officers who were questioning a man in the parking lot of a local convenience store, the officers pursued her, arrested her and charged her with disorderly conduct.

Bryant Cochran

Murray County Ex-Judge Convicted of Civil Rights Violations

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal jury in Rome on Thursday convicted a former Murray County magistrate judge of orchestrating the false arrest of a woman who was testifying against him in a state ethics investigation.

Sherry Kerr, left, with The Cooper Firm and Linda Campbell, right, also with The Cooper Firm pose with Orphan Aid Liberia founder Daryl Roberts at The Cooper Firm's, Orphan Aid Liberia Christmas Tree.

Holiday Fundraiser at Marietta Law Firm Benefits Children Orphaned by Ebola

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Cooper Firm is hosting a holiday fund­raiser to support children orphaned by Ebola in Africa.

Lance Cooper and the Power of Discovery: One Case, 30M Recalls

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Some lawyers are known for what they do in the courtroom. Lance ­Cooper is known for the heavy lifting it takes to get there.

Gerald Weber

Cobb Pays $100,000 to Woman Arrested After Insulting Police

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Cobb County political activist Amy Barnes chanted "Fuck the police" as she bicycled past two officers who were questioning a man in the parking lot of a local convenience store, the officers pursued her, arrested her and charged her with disorderly conduct.

Zack Tumlin

Dahlonega Lawyer Is Out(side) for Competition

By Andy Peters |

Solo practitioner Zack Tumlin is constantly on the hunt for a little friendly competition when it comes to outdoor pastimes like tennis, golf and water skiing. It's not always easy to find a willing partner, however, in Dahlonega, where Tumlin lives.

Richard W. Story

Judge Again Rejects Attorney’s Suit Over Courthouse Security Dispute

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A federal district court judge has once again rejected a lawsuit by an Atlanta lawyer who claims she was injured in a 2010 dispute with a sheriff's deputy at the Fulton County Courthouse's security screening area.

R. Hewitt Pate spoke about Chevron’s legal battle over alleged environmental damages in Ecuador.

Chevron GC: 'I'm Confident We're Right' in Epic Environmental Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

With the legal winds in a 20-year environmental damages suit beginning to blow in Chevron's favor, the company's top lawyer shared his take on the case in Atlanta last week, revealing that Chevron has spent more than $200 million defending itself and fighting to overturn an epic $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador.

Burrell Ellis

Retrial Date Set for Suspended DeKalb County CEO

A retrial date has been set for the suspended DeKalb County CEO who was accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions.

Ashley Steiner Kelly

Daily Report In-House Counsel CLE Seminar [SLIDESHOW]

The Daily Report sponsored a seminar and CLE event for in-house counsel on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Buckhead Club.

State Ethics Complaint Leads to Payment of Attorney Fees

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A St. Marys chiropractor who filed a state ethics complaint against a liberal organization this summer is agreeing to reimburse some of the organization's attorney fees after the ethics commission rejected his claims.

Managing Partner Confidence in Legal Industry Slowly Grows

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Law firm managing partners showed slightly more confidence in the legal industry in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter, according to the latest survey by the Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group.

King & Spalding Advises Sandy Springs-Based Arbor Pharmaceuticals on Sale of Stake to KKR & Co.

By Meredith Hobbs |

A team of Atlanta lawyers at King & Spalding advised Arbor Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Sandy Springs, on its sale of a minority stake to private equity giant KKR & Co. The size of the stake and the financial terms of the deal, announced Dec. 5, were not disclosed.

Jonathan Tuggle

Considerations for the Lawyer Who Becomes the Client in a Divorce Case

By Jonathan Tuggle |

Almost half of all first marriages in the United States will end before the couple reaches their 20th anniversary. Lawyers are not immune to that statistic.

Michael J. Egan III

Falcons Parent Drafts King & Spalding's Egan as GC

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Atlanta Falcons have drafted a key player from King & Spalding to fill the position of general counsel.

Lawyers and Friends to Run in Sleighbells Race for Children's Emergency Fund

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers and friends will gather on the Marietta Square Saturday morning for a race that benefits school children with urgent financial needs.

Caren Myers Morrison

Drones, Student Athletes Among Topics of Ga. Legislators' Early Bills

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

With fewer than five weeks until the start of the Georgia General Assembly's 2015 session, bills are starting to roll in.

Jennifer Moseley

Morris Manning Snags Partner Specializing in Immigrant Investment

By Meredith Hobbs |

Jennifer Moseley has joined Morris Manning & Martin as a partner from Barnes & Thornburg, saying that her practice representing start-up companies and foreign-funded investment entities through the EB-5 visa program is becoming more real-estate oriented.

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Middle Ga. Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Accidental Shooting

A man who fled the scene after his gun accidentally discharged and killed one of his friends has been sentenced to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Hon. Michael Boggs

Court of Appeals Divides Over Obstruction Conviction for Man Who Wouldn't Calm Down

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A dissenting judge says a recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals means police can arrest anyone who publicly complains about their actions.

Lean on Me: GCs Discuss Why They Hired COOs

By David Hechler |

Our first survey on law department administrators found that they are not yet viewed as indispensable, but the general counsel who employ them seem quite happy to have them.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Former Payroll Director of Grady Hospital Convicted of Theft

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal jury in Atlanta has convicted the former payroll director of Grady Memorial Hospital of stealing more than $480,000 from the hospital.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge John Dougherty

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge John E. Dougherty of Atlanta on his recent passing.

State Court Judges Seek Feedback on Misdemeanor Probation Rule

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Less than two weeks after the Georgia Supreme Court issued a decision raising questions about handling of misdemeanor probation matters, the state's State Court judges are asking for feedback on a proposed new rule that also would give guidance on the topic.

John Ellington and Carla Wong McMillian

Panel: Midwife Can Testify Against Nurses in Med-Mal Case

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Reviving a $13.9 million medical malpractice verdict, the Georgia Court of Appeals split 4-3 over whether midwives can provide expert testimony about care provided by nurses.

James Rice

Plaintiff’s Icy-Weather Experience Not a Factor in $700K Slip/Fall Verdict

By Greg Land |

A woman who slipped and fractured an ankle on a patch of black ice outside an office park was awarded $700,000 by a Fulton County jury, which turned aside defense arguments that the plaintiff, as a former resident of Chicago, should have had experience in recognizing and walking on frozen surfaces.

Winter 2014 inductees to the State Bar of Georgia

State Bar of Georgia Mass Swearing-In

Inductees to the State Bar of Georgia were sworn in Friday by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Cynthia D. Wright.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Names One Judge, Receives Nominees for Two Other Seats

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Just as Gov. Nathan Deal named a new Superior Court Judge in the Pataula Judicial Circuit, his Judicial Nominating Commission sent him the names of four candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies on the Ocmulgee Circuit's Superior Court bench.

Rick Wagoner.

Judge Orders GM to Produce Employee Performance Evaluations

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge has ordered General Motors Co. to produce performance evaluations of 32 current and former employees, including many in the legal department who were highlighted in an internal report for failing to alert senior executives about a dangerous ignition-switch defect.

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Ga. Man Jailed 2 Years Ago Acquitted in Slaying

A man jailed two years ago on murder charges has been acquitted by a jury in a 2010 knife slaying in middle Georgia.

The case underlying the discovery fight involves claims that Delta and AirTran illegally coordinated plans to implement new fees for checked baggage in 2008.

Frequent Failures Cost Airline Millions

By R. Robin McDonald |

Six years after Delta Air Lines and AirTran opened a rich new revenue stream by charging passengers to check their bags, a court battle over claims the carriers broke antitrust laws by implementing the fees has been repeatedly marred by allegations that Delta has hidden or destroyed company records critical to the case.

King & Spalding, headquartered at Symphony Tower in Midtown, refuses to turn over internal documents.

Plaintiffs in GM Ignition Switch Case Seek Internal King & Spalding Documents

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Plaintiffs suing General Motors claiming the carmaker covered up evidence of a faulty ignition switch they blame for their daughter's death want GM's lawyers at King & Spalding to hand over confidential internal notes and memos about the case.

James Butler Jr., center, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from Wayne Curtis, left, and William Stone.

Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame [SLIDESHOW]

The Daily Reportand its sister publication VerdictSearch held the inaugural Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame reception and dinner on Dec. 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

John Bell

Private Probation Survives—As Do Claims Against Private Probation Company

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court said there was nothing inherently unconstitutional about counties hiring private companies to manage thousands of convicts on probation, but the justices said probationers could pursue a private probation company for, in effect, extending probationers' sentences.

Georgia Supreme Court building in downtown Atlanta.

Ga. Court Decision Causes Cancellation of Warrants

A new Georgia Supreme Court decision is leading to the cancellation of tens of thousands of arrest warrants for people accused of failing to complete their misdemeanor probation requirements, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Scott Wandstrat

The Necessity of Clawback Agreements

By Scott A. Wandstrat |

If I could give litigators one piece of advice on e-discovery, it would be this: if you intend to produce more than a handful of documents, do your best to get a clawback agreement and have it entered as an order by the court.

Experts Weigh In on Punishment Size, E-Discovery Lessons

By R. Robin McDonald |

Three attorneys knowledgeable of federal antitrust laws have shared with the Daily Report some observations about the pending anti-trust litigation against Delta Air Lines and competitor AirTran.

3 Georgia Corrections Officers Sentenced in Inmate Beating

Federal prosecutors say three former corrections officials have been sentenced for beating an inmate and conspiring to cover it up.

Rand Csehy

Former Fulton Prosecutor Again Faces Drug Charges

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Cobb County grand jury has indicted a former Fulton County prosecutor on drug charges following a bizarre court appearance three months ago.

H. Lamar Willis

Ex-Council Member Defaults in $600K Suit

By Greg Land |

A judge has found former Atlanta City Council member and disbarred lawyer Lamar Willis liable by default in a $600,000 suit brought by a former client.

Lawyers Battle Over Gag Order Request in Gregg Allman Movie Lawsuit

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Savannah judge is weighing whether to issue a gag order and seal public records in wrongful death litigation over the train wreck that killed a worker on the set of a movie about singer Gregg Allman.

Eleanor Ross, Mark Cohen and Leigh Martin May

New US Judges for Georgia Get to Work

By R. Robin McDonald |

Three federal judges confirmed by the Senate last month have taken their oaths of office in private ceremonies and are already at work in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta.

Gerald Weber and Sam Olens

Ruling Against Florida Drug Testing Casts Doubt on Georgia Law

By Alyson M. Palmer and Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

This week's federal appeals court ruling to strike down a Florida law requiring welfare recipients to be tested for illegal drugs casts doubt on a similar law in Georgia.

Kimberly Alexander sings at the

Lawyer's Gift of Song Is a Ministry for Faith

By Laura Raines |

Kimberly Alexander began singing in the First New Hope Baptist Church choir in Augusta when she was 3 years old. No one in her family was surprised.

SCOTUS Taps Veteran Special Master for Georgia-Florida Water War

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The U.S. Supreme Court looked north in figuring out how much water should flow south from Georgia to Florida, tapping a lawyer from Maine to act as a special master in the so-called Water Wars.

Could Same-Sex Marriage be Legal in Florida Jan. 6?

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Florida's motion to stay a federal court ruling against the state ban on same-sex marriage was rejected Wednesday, which could legalize the practice starting Jan. 6.

Barry Freundel.

Georgetown 3L Claims Adjunct Professor Recorded Her Naked

By Karen Sloan |

A third-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center has accused a rabbi and adjunct law professor of using a class assignment involving a traditional Jewish ritual to secretly record her naked.

Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Safety Group Seeks to Intervene in Chrysler Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge is weighing whether a prominent auto safety group can intervene in a class action to obtain sealed documents about an alleged electronic defect in Chrysler vehicles.

Justin Wyatt

Defense Lawyer Says Rape Client Hurt Case By Taking Stand

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A rape defendant who testified against the advice of counsel did not make a good witness at his trial, according to his lawyer.

Lawyers For Ga. Death Row Inmate Ask For Clemency

By Kate Brumback |

A Georgia death row inmate set to be executed next week should be spared lethal injection because his original trial was mishandled by an alcoholic lawyer who was distracted by his own problems, his lawyers argued Tuesday.

L-R Michael Neff and Todd Henningsen

$950K Settles Truck Crash Claims of $150K in Medical Bills

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A car crash into a jackknifed tractor-trailer at the highway interchange known in Atlanta as "Spaghetti Junction" has led to a $950,000 settlement from a trucker's insurance company to a Georgia man who suffered a back injury, according to lawyers on both sides.

Renovations Force DeKalb Magistrate Court to Move

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A portion of DeKalb County's Magistrate Court is relocating temporarily because of renovations, county officials announced Tuesday.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Seeks Applicants for Fulton Chief Magistrate Post

By Greg Land |

Gov. Nathan Deal is seeking applicants to fill the position of Fulton County chief magistrate judge, which will become vacant when Chief Magistrate Stephanie Davis' term expires Dec. 31. Candidates have until Dec. 11 to apply.

Two Years After Leaving, Amy Fouts Rejoins McKenna Long & Aldridge

By Meredith Hobbs |

Amy Fouts has rejoined McKenna Long & Aldridge's health care practice after two years at Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever

Big Law Still Makes Too Few Women Partners

By Aric Press |

The situation for ambitious women in big law firms has improved slightly. Over the last three years, the percentage of women lawyers promoted to Am Law 200 partnerships reached 32.7 percent.

Ga. Hospice Provider Settles Medicare Suit

Federal prosecutors say a hospice care provider has agreed to pay more than $500,000 to resolve a false claims settlement.

John Stivarius

Womble Carlyle Hit With $33M Legal Malpractice Suit

By Greg Land |

The onetime owners of a Kennesaw-based company are seeking more than $33 million in a legal malpractice suit against Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and four lawyers over what the plaintiffs claim was a mishandled corporate sale.