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Andi Dorfman

Ex-Prosecutor Andi Dorfman Comes Back for More 'Bachelor' Drama

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Former Atlanta prosecutor turned "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman will make another appearance on ABC's "The Bachelor" next Monday evening.

Robert James, Moriss Shim & James, Atlanta.

Former DeKalb DA Joins Plaintiffs Firm—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Former DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has joined plaintiffs firm Moriss Shim James as a name partner after 18 years as a prosecutor.

Michael Baskin, Atlanta.

Douglas County Jury Hits Kroger for $700K in Slip and Fall Trial

By Greg Land |

The winning attorney said it's one of the largest verdicts seen in the county and signals a growing trend to award high-dollar verdicts outside of metro courts.

Matt Wetherington (left) and Michael Werner

Troubled Ocwen Faces New Complaint in Georgia

By R. Robin McDonald |

Perennially-troubled mortgage servicer Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC just can't seem to escape complaints about its lending operations. Having reached a $225 million settlement with the state of California just last week that would restore its suspended right-to-service loans in that state, Ocwen Loan Servicing is facing new claims in Georgia that for decades it has collected interest payments from homeowners after their mortgages had been paid in full.

Tameka Webb.

PurSHOEing Justice Raises $70K for AVLF

One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. PurSHOEing Justice is a fundraiser designed to recognize the legal issues facing domestic violence victims and the volunteers and programs who help them. On Feb. 8, King & Spalding was hopping as friends of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation sipped and shopped the night away, raising nearly $70,000 for AVLF’s Safe Families Office. (All photos identified from left to right.)

Robert McBurney

Claims Tossed Against Jail Health Provider in Suit Over Murdered Inmate

By Greg Land |

Ruling in a suit brought by the mother of a young man murdered at the Fulton County Jail, a judge dismissed negligence claims against the jail's care contractor. The claims against Corizon Health, the judge said, were actually for medical malpractice and thus should have been accompanied by an expert's affidavit as required by law.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Criminal Justice Council Recommends Probation Changes

Noting that Georgia has the highest felony probation rate in the country, the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform submitted a report to Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday recommending changes to felony probation.

Craig Primis, Winn Allen and Devora Allon of Kirkland & Ellis

A Look at the Lawyers Who Won Key Battle in Water War

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

From the beginning, the Kirkland team’s strategy was to make it impossible for Florida to build its case against Georgia in an epic battle over water rights.

L-R James Blitch, Herbert Phipps and Judge John Ellington.

Amid Laughs and Applause, Atlanta Bar Honors Legal Luminaries

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Atlanta Bar Association recognized two bar leaders—for very different reasons—at a luncheon Thursday at the Piedmont Driving Club. Judge Herbert Phipps, who retired from the Court of Appeals last year, and King & Spalding partner Catherine O'Neil.

Cleary Gottlieb Publishes Trump 'Social Media Attack' Survival Guide

Since his election, President Donald Trump has not let go of his personal Twitter account—or his penchant for lashing out against companies on social media.

Federal Judge Orinda Evans.

Judge OKs Libel Suit Against CNN Over Investigative Report

By R. Robin McDonald |

A libel case against CNN stemming from the cable network's investigation of children's deaths at a Florida hospital will go forward, after an Atlanta federal judge found that the hospital's former CEO has presented enough evidence at this early stage of the case to suggest that CNN "was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its reporting."

Richard Hays, Alston & Bird, Atlanta.

Alston & Bird Boosts Revenue, Head Count

By Meredith Hobbs |

Several big litigation matters and a steady stream of transactional work power the firm's solid gains.

Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building.

Court Rules Doctors Have a First Amendment Right to Discuss Gun Safety

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a Florida law barring doctors from asking patients whether they have guns in their homes violates the First Amendment.

Judge Diane E. Bessen

Bessen Takes Helm as Chief Judge of Fulton County State Court

By Greg Land |

Bessen's transition comes as the court implements a new e-filing system incorporating other branches of the county's justice system.

L-R John Merchant and Russell Willard

Justices Ponder Public Access to Court Reporters' Recordings

By Greg Land |

Questions were popping Monday at the Georgia Supreme Court where a husband-and-wife law firm were trying to convince the justices that a trial judge had no authority to bar them from making a copy of a court reporter's audio recordings of courtroom proceedings.

Atlanta City Hall

Second Guilty Plea Widens City Hall Bribery Probe

By R. Robin McDonald |

A second city contractor is now cooperating with a federal investigation into allegations of bribery at Atlanta City Hall after he pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count Thursday.

Robert Hays

King & Spalding Hits New Megafirm Milestone

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm passed the 1,000-lawyer mark in 2016, while revenue edged up and profit per partner slipped slightly due to a significant addition of equity partners.

L-R Peter Muller, Judge Leigh May and Judge Mark Cohen.

Civil Defense Bar Holds 14th Annual Judicial Reception

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association held its 14th annual judicial reception on Feb. 2 at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters with more than 175 judges and lawyers in attendance. The statewide civil defense bar association has held similar events in Augusta and Savannah. The association's past presidents were honored at a luncheon on Feb. 3 at Capital City Club with 18 of them in attendance.

Marietta Lawyer Explains Why He Left Secure Firm Life for Solo Career

Billable hours from large, deep-pocket clients. Plenty of work. Randall F. Rogers reached the place most lawyers dead reckon for while doing personal injury work in Marietta, Georgia.

Spinrilla Twitter Page

The Next Napster? Recording Companies Says Atlanta's Spinrilla Violates Copyrights With Free Music

By R. Robin McDonald |

Spinrilla promotes itself on Twitter as "the 800-pound gorilla of free hip-hop mixtapes." But the Atlanta-based company may have met its match.

The Chattahoochee River in south Georgia, below the Walter F. George Lake.

Legal Careers and Billable Hours Flow From Water Wars

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Although Tuesday's report from a U.S. Supreme Court special master doesn't conclude the epic litigation conflict known as the "water wars," it delivers a decisive victory to an army of lawyers who have labored long for Georgia on that battlefield.

Eversheds Sutherland to Merge With Singapore Firm

What better Valentine's Day gift is there than a long-awaited marriage approval? That's exactly what Eversheds Sutherland and Singapore's Harry Elias Partnership got on Feb. 14, when the Singapore Ministry of Law granted the two firms permission to merge.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms

In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.

Evan Wolfson

Marriage Pioneer Adjusts to Big Law Life at Dentons

By Jonathan Ringel |
Lake Lanier

Special Master Sides With Georgia in Water War

Special Master Ralph Lancaster, who was appointed to oversee Florida's suit against Georgia over water from the Chattahoochee River, recommends that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia's use.

Darren Summerville

Ruling Puts Insurance Provider on the Hook for Company's Alcohol-Consuming Driver

By Greg Land |

The Eleventh Circuit had to decide which of two conflicting rulings took precedent.

Trending on #AppellateTwitter: A Georgia Judge’s Dog

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dillard’s dog, Irish, may not hunt. But she sure can tweet.

L-R Michael Terry and Laurie Daniel

Challenge to $35M Six Flags Verdict Tests Limits of Premises Liability

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Supreme Court justices posed a pragmatic question to lawyers arguing over a $35 million verdict for a teen brutally beaten outside Six Flags Over Georgia: How far can someone flee from a menace before the liability runs out for the business where the trouble started?

Judge Henry Newkirk of Fulton County Superior Court.

Former Ethics Panel Lawyer Will Appeal Dismissal of Whistleblower Suit

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County judge has dismissed a whistleblower suit filed by a former lawyer for the Georgia ethics commission, saying that the question of whether she was permitted to sue after having left state employment should be settled by the appellate courts.

Law Firm Love Story: Tale of Two Partners

Luke and Allison Sizemore don’t want to be “that couple” at Reed Smith. The husband-and-wife duo recently became partners at the firm, marking a major milestone in their career paths that essentially have run parallel since they were first-year law students.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

Three Things to Expect Now That Tom Price Is HHS Chief

Tom Price, former Republican congressman from Georgia, has been sworn in as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. A longtime opponent of the Affordable Care Act, here's what health industry execs and counsel can expect from him.

Letter: State Bar Congratulates a White House Appointee

Stefan C. Passantino of Dentons US LLP in Atlanta will serve as deputy assistant and deputy counsel to the president with respect to compliance and ethics matters.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Potential Changes to Regulations on Out-of-State Attorneys

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Aided by advancements in technology, attorneys are increasingly able to cast a wider net for potential clients and can build practices that spread across multiple jurisdictions, but states remain vigilant in protecting against the unauthorized practice of law by attorneys not licensed to practice in the state.

Trump’s Court Challenges Popularize #AppellateTwitter

When people across the country listened to the arguments regarding Trump’s immigration ban live on Feb. 7 from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and again Thursday when the decision came out, #appellatetwitter had its moment.

Sarah Owings, Antonini & Cohen, Atlanta.

The Technology Behind Attorney Response Efforts Following Trump's Travel Ban

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Although efforts to bring together a legal response have occurred in a couple different waves, technology played a major role in helping attorneys coordinate their efforts.

Francys Johnson.

State Settles Voter Rights Suit, Agrees to Halt Automatic Cancellation of Voter Applications

By R. Robin McDonald |

Under the settlement, voter registrations that are not an exact match to other government databases will be marked "pending," not canceled.

Simon Bloom (left) and Shannan Oliver, Bloom Sugarman

Ten Pitfalls in Commercial Real Estate Transactions

By Simon Bloom and Shannan Oliver |

Negotiating a great deal is only half of the battle, so arm your client with a solid contract.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where a three-judge panel heard arguments on the halting of the immigration ban.

Ninth Circuit, Asserting Its Role, Keeps Nationwide Block on Travel Ban in Place

By Ross Todd |

If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.

Setback for President Trump: Ninth Circuit Keeps Nationwide Block on Travel Ban in Place

Per curiam. By the court. If there’s a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it’s to speak with one voice. With the entire country watching, the unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday left in place a ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto at the U.S. Supreme Court.

'Freedom to Marry'—A Review

By Laurie Webb Daniel |

Appellate lawyer appreciates documentary about Supreme Court's same-sex marriage case.

Richard Clifton, Michelle Friedland, and William Canby.

In Travel Ban Appeal, Judges Don't Accept 'We’re in a Rush' Excuse

By Scott Graham |

Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.

 Paul Weathington and Heather McGrotty represented the doctor who delivered baby in a troubled birth.

Defense Win for Hand Surgeon Accused of Cutting Dentist's Nerve

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury cleared a hand surgeon of liability after he was accused of cutting a dentist's nerve during an operation and leaving his left hand twisted into a "claw."

Georgia State Capitol Building

State House OKs Bill to Remake, Expand Judicial Watchdog

Legislation approved Thursday would increase the number of members of the Judicial Qualifications Commission from seven to 10 as of July 1. It also splits the commission into a seven-member investigative panel and a three-member hearing panel.

State Bar Writes in Remembrance of Atlanta Legal Community Leaders

Frank Love Jr., Robert L. Foreman Jr., Gary D. Zweifel and Fulton County Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Willie J. Lovett Jr. are remembered for their service.

Gerald Weber

Smyrna Said to Be Resolving Free Speech Suit Over Flyers

By R. Robin McDonald |

The city of Smyrna "is well on the way to resolving" a federal free speech lawsuit by repealing sections of an ordinance city police had invoked to stop Southern Christian Leadership Conference members from passing out leaflets in a downtown square, said the lawyer who filed the case.

Chris Glover of Beasley Allen in Atlanta

Plaintiffs Powerhouse Beasley Allen Makes a Bet on Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

High-profile plaintiffs firm Beasley Allen has opened an Atlanta office, the first outside of its Alabama base.

Atlanta skyline.

Feds Say Construction Company Owner Paid for City Contracts

By Associated Press |

A second construction company owner has been accused of conspiring to pay bribes to get contracts with the city of Atlanta.

L-R William Atkins, Roderick Edmond and Keith Lindsay, Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, LLP, Atlanta.

DeKalb Jury Awards $3M in Mother's Post-Delivery Death

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury awarded more than $3 million to the parents of a woman who died three days after giving birth, finding two DeKalb Medical Center nurses liable for the 2009 death of Shari Edwards but clearing a doctor named as a co-defendant of liability.

Judge Morris E. Braswell. Catherine Lovett/Daily Report.

Clayton Court: Judge Morris Braswell Dies at 65

By Jonathan Ringel |

Phyllis Douglas, the Superior and State Court administrator in Clayton County, issued a press release Wednesday saying, "It is with great sadness that the State Court of Clayton County announces the passing of Retired State Court Judge Morris Eugene Braswell."

In Trump Travel Ban Appeal, Judges Don't Accept 'We’re in a Rush' Excuse

Three Ninth Circuit judges seemed prepared to the eyeballs for Tuesday’s potentially historic arguments over President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries. But counsel for the Department of Justice and the State of Washington—albeit under the hardship of extreme time pressure—struggled to make their cases.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

State Supreme Court Vacates Rollins Contempt Judgment

By R. Robin McDonald |

A contempt finding and more than $400,000 in fees assessed against an Atlanta socialite in an ugly post-divorce battle has been vacated by the state Supreme Court and sent back to Fulton County for further review.

Paige Whitaker

ADA Paige Whitaker Named to Fulton Superior Court Bench

By Greg Land |

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Fulton County Deputy Assistant District Attorney Paige Reese Whitaker to fill the post of Fulton Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter, who stepped down at the end of last year.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters.

CDC Quarantine Rule Imposes New Duties on Airlines

By Kristen Rasmussen |

U.S. regulators are moving ahead with a new rule that imposes new burdens on airlines and their staffs to identify and report to federal authorities passengers who are ill and subject to quarantine, a response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

Darius Pattillo and Cynthia Adams

Atlanta Bar Interns Make Good, Partner Promotions

By Meredith Hobbs |

Cynthia Adams and Darius Pattillo each achieved milestones this year, both in their legal careers and as alumni of the Atlanta Bar Association's Summer Law Internship Program, which connects high school students with summer legal jobs and mentors.

Justice Harold Melton

Lawyers, Precedents Clash in High Court Case About Teenager's Suicide

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Georgia Supreme Court considers the case of a woman trying to hold police liable in the suicide of her 14-year-old daughter.

Media outside the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

At Ninth Circuit, Big Law Makes Its Stand Against Trump Travel Ban

Even Jones Day, a firm that has seen at least a dozen of its lawyers take key posts in the Trump administration, joined the legal fight Monday, spurring acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco, a former Jones Day lawyer, to hold back from signing the Justice Department's latest brief.

Passport Photo Illustration

How Will Trump Policies Affect H-1B Logjam?

By Anton Mertens |

Georgia employers and their in-house counsel should manage immigration-related risks and understand how future policies may impact their workforce, while identifying workers who will need visa sponsorship to remain employed in their company—and be prepared for an increase in I-9 audits and site visits by ICE agents.

New Hire Stock Art.

Hiring From Abroad Requires Visa Know-How

By Sara Herbek |

Here are a few pointers that U.S. employers should consider when recruiting top talent, even when the H-1B visa category is not an option.

L-R Lynne Nichols and Sharon Murphy were runners up in the Miller & Martin Falcons team spirit contest.

Atlanta Lawyers Enjoy Super Bowl LI (Before the Fourth Quarter)

The Atlanta legal community, like the rest of the city, got geared up for the Falcons' appearance in the big game. Randy Kessler of Kessler & Solomiany caught up with fellow members of the bar in Houston before the Falcons fell to the Patriots in overtime. Last week, Miller & Martin staffers decked their offices in black and red

Donald Trump.

The Trump Effect in the Workplace: The First Twelve Days

By Amanda Farahany |

This flawed perception and analysis of potential danger from the most powerful person in the world directly impacts the way employees see each other in the workplace, leading to more discriminatory actions and hostile work environments against people from those seven countries.

A. Binford Minter, Columbus Ga. Handout Photo 8-18-2016

Attorneys' Garnishment Feud Leads to Defamation Suit

By Greg Land |

The underlying suit involves comments attorney A. "Bin" Minter made to the Daily Report in a garnishment fight involving an Aflac executive.

David Green, Global Payments.

Q&A with Global Payments Inc. GC David Green

By Kristen Rasmussen |

David Green, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at credit-card processor Global Payments Inc. is profiled by reporter Kristen Rasmussen.

Georgia State University College of Law professor Clark Cunningham.

'Shadow' JQC Could Allow Bad Judges to Sidestep Discipline, Law Professor Says

By R. Robin McDonald |

A constitutional amendment that abolished the old state Judicial Qualifications Commission includes "an extraordinary example of poor drafting" that a Georgia State University law professor says has led to a temporary "shadow" commission that risks leaving Georgians vulnerable to unethical judges.

ABA Calls for Substance Abuse and Mental Health CLE

The ABA’s House of Delegates on Monday approved changes to the organization’s Model Rule for Minimum Continuing Legal Education that include a required hour of substance abuse and mental health CLE every three years, as well as mandatory diversity and inclusion CLE.

Dara Berger

Employment-Based Immigration Lawyers Have Questions About Trump Orders

By Dara Berger |

Since the president signed the two executive orders of Jan. 25 and Jan. 27 relating in part to illegal immigrants, refugees and asylees, increasing DHS staff and limiting the entry of travelers from certain Muslim countries, employment-based immigration lawyers everywhere are wondering, "Will he get to our clients next? If so, how?

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, addressing media during a meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), on February 1, 2017.

As Law Prof, Gorsuch Banned Laptops, Garnered Respect

The Supreme Court nominee, known for his balanced approach, required students to take notes the old-fashioned way.

Keith Fryer of Fryer, Schuter & Lester stands with one of the exhibits he used in a winning verdict from a premise liability case out of Athens Ga.

Attorneys Will Push for Fees, Interest After $1.1M Verdict for Woman Struck Pumping Gas

By Greg Land |

Plaintiffs attorneys said they would seek fees under one Georgia statute and prejudgment interest under another after a jury found the operators of an Athens convenience store liable for $1.1 million in damages for an injured gas pump patron.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building

Court Quirk Limits Access to CNN Journalist’s Suit Over Immigration Order

By R. Robin McDonald |

A new lawsuit by CNN's former Baghdad bureau chief challenging his detention by customs agents at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the hours after President Donald Trump signed his controversial immigration order has clear international implications. But a policy of the U.S. Judicial Conference of the United States bars remote electronic access by the public to all filings in the federal court case.

Ken Shigley.

Trial Lawyer Announces Plans to Run for Appellate Judge—On Facebook

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A trial lawyer has made an early announcement of plans to run for what he says will be an open seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals in 2018.

Judge Julie Carnes.

11th Circuit Revives a Trade Secrets Lawsuit Worth Millions in Military Contracts

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has revived a trade secrets lawsuit filed by one military contractor against another, alleging corporate misdeeds that cost millions of dollars in lost business.

Clyde & Co Senior Partner Simon Konsta.

UK’s Clyde & Co Raids Troutman Sanders for New DC, Chicago Outposts

By Chris Johnson |

London-based insurance specialty firm Clyde & Co has opened new offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., after hiring 10 partners from Troutman Sanders.

Mark Wasserman

Merger Vaults Eversheds Sutherland Onto Global Stage

By Meredith Hobbs |

Global firm Eversheds Sutherland made its formal debut on Wednesday, unveiling a new logo and website and cementing the most significant transatlantic tie-up since Norton Rose combined with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013.

Sally Yates, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Out of a Job, Sally Yates' Future Looks Bright

By R. Robin McDonald |

The politics surrounding Trump's firing of Yates as acting AG won't tarnish her appeal to law firms, companies and law schools, said lawyers familiar with her career.

Judge Neil Gorsuch shakes hands with President Donald Trump as he is  announced as Trump's choice for Supreme Court Justice during a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Gorsuch, Drawing Scalia Comparisons, Comes Under Microscope

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch triggered a range of responses across the legal and political spectrum Tuesday as lawyers and advocacy groups touted—and criticized—his positions on regulatory matters and civil rights.

Fulton Juvenile Court Judge Willie Lovett Jr. Dies

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Willie J. Lovett Jr.53, passed away Monday morning, according to a release from the court.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle

Cagle's First JQC Appointee Quits, Immediately Replaced

By R. Robin McDonald |

The lieutenant governor’s first appointee to the state Judicial Qualifications Commission has resigned after only one meeting in the face of a campaign by his former constituents to defeat his confirmation.

James Freeman, Macon Ga.

Woman Hit by Officer Who Ran Stop Sign Awarded $525K by Swainsboro Jury

By Greg Land |

A jury awarded $525,000 to a woman injured when an Emanuel County sheriff's deputy ran a stop sign and hit her SUV. The deputy was on duty but was not en route to an emergency at the time of the 2011 wreck.

Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump Chooses Neil Gorsuch, Ivy League Conservative, for Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.

Gregory Garre, Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington DC.

High Court Asked to Decide if iHeart Radio is Bootleg

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Plaintiffs claim music streamer failed to pay royalties on jazz and rhythm and blues music they own.

Judge William Pryor Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, speaking at the Federalist Society’s 2016 National Lawyers Convention, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Police Entitled to Immunity in Excessive Force Flashbang Suit, 11th Circuit Rules

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A woman severely burned by an explosion from a grenade thrown while she was sleeping cannot sue.

L-R Greg Voyles, Robb Howell and Charlie Peeler.

Jury Awards $7M to Surgeon Injured in Valdosta Hospital Fall

By Greg Land |

A Georgia jury delivered a post-apportionment award of $7 million to a surgeon who suffered a head injury when he attempted to sit on a stool in the operating room and it shot out from under him, sending him tumbling to the floor.

Sally Yates.

Trump's AG Pick Once Told Yates to 'Say No' to Improper Demands

By Vanessa Blum |

Sally Yates answered questions during her 2015 confirmation hearing that seemed to herald her dramatic departure. The irony? It was Sen. Jeff Sessions doing the asking.

Joe Whitley

Former Homeland Security GC: Trump Immigration Order Is Constitutional

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Atlanta lawyer who served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's first general counsel said he believes that President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the issuance of U.S. entry visas to citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African nations passes constitutional muster.

Patrick Sullivan of Barnes & Cohen.

Attorney Lands $2.9 Million Verdict Within Weeks of Taking New Job

By Greg Land |

Patrick Sullivan notched his first win for Barnes & Cohen before even getting a desk.

L-R Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Peter Carter, Ben Garren and Richard

Top GCs Go for Pro Bono

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Top general counsel for United Parcel Service, Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Delta Air Lines talked about their commitment to pro bono at a panel discussion sponsored by the Legal Services Corp. at Georgia State University College of Law on Friday, Jan. 27.

Renee Bumb

Jury Awards $51.5M in Lockheed Martin Age Discrimination Suit

A federal jury in Camden has issued a verdict that would require Lockheed Martin Corp. to pay $51.5 million, including $50 million in punitive damages, in an age discrimination suit by an engineer.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Attorney Testimony Is Risky Business

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens write that, while some attorneys, and litigators in particular, may be comfortable with the idea of testifying, attorney testimony is risky business.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Interact Ethically With Deposition Witnesses

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Unethical conduct can result in sanctions, a deposition do-over, embarrassment and an unhappy client.

Alston & Bird, Accused of Dragging Out Litigation, Wins Appeal in Malpractice Suit

Alston & Bird did not commit malpractice against a textile company it represented in a patent infringement case, despite the company's claim that the law firm delayed using a key defense so that it could collect millions of dollars more in client fees, a New York appeals court has ruled.

L-R Justice Nels Peterson and Justice Britt Grant.

New Justices Recuse From Fights Over State Power

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court played a bit of musical chairs this past week as Nels Peterson and Britt Grant bowed out of matters linked to their prior work as lawyers for the state.

Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building

11th Circuit: Murderer of LaFayette Teenager Can Sue for Right to Seek Parole

By Kent Faulk |

Ruling she did not exceed the statute of limitations, a north Alabama woman whose death sentence was commuted can proceed with her lawsuit challenging an Alabama law enacted in 2003 aimed at retroactively preventing her parole.

‘Just Keep Swimming’: Tips From 4 Atlanta Legal Technology Leaders

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Four legal technologists at an Atlanta Tech Village event encouraged the city’s legal tech enthusiasts to identify potential improvements and keep pushing forward.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Bill Introduced to Re-redesign Judicial Watchdog Panel

By R. Robin McDonald |

Members of the Georgia House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced a bill that would, for the second time in a year, dramatically reconfigure the state Judicial Qualifications Commission — expanding its membership and splitting it into two panels: one to investigate judicial ethical infractions and a second to adjudicate them.

Snapchat APP on a phone.

Snapchat Win Tests CDA Immunity in Age When Apps Are Everywhere

By Greg Land |

The Communications Decency Act of 1996 shields interactive computer services from liability for third-party posts, but the edges of that protection continue to be defined.

Donald Trump.

Whistleblower Lawyers on Alert as Trump Establishes Message Control

News blackouts. Gag orders. Deleted tweets. The early days of President Donald Trump's administration swiftly raised questions about the scope of speech restrictions on federal civil servants. As the White House took control of the public messages delivered through the government's official communication channels, not uncommon for presidential transitions, whistleblower lawyers predicted they'd be busy the next four years. But they also said it was too early to gauge whether the apparent early resistance from purported agency employees would translate into litigation or other legal action that tests workplace protections in the federal bureaucracy.

Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor Joins High Court Chorus of Confirmation Criticism

"Vexing." "Broken." "Not functioning very well." Welcome to the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process, in the eyes of sitting justices. As President Donald Trump prepares to announce his Supreme Court pick, the oft-criticized Senate confirmation proceedings soon will move into the public eye. The justices have had little good to say about the experience.

Georgia Legal Services Applauds Transgender Name Ruling

The Georgia Legal Services Program applauds the Jan. 20 decision of the Georgia Court of Appeals reversing the decisions of the Columbia County trial court denying the name change petitions of two transgendered Georgians.

Feb. 27 Is Deadline for Professional Excellence Nominations

The Daily Report is accepting nominations for a host of its award programs recognizing excellence around the bar. These include our traditional categories--Attorney of the Year; On the Rise; Lifetime Achievement; Law Firm Litigation Departments of the Year and In-House Legal Departments of the Year—and two new ones. They are GC Impact and Distinguished Leaders.

Gerald Weber

SCLC Members Sue Smyrna Police After Leafleting Halted

By R. Robin McDonald |

A controversial police shooting that killed an unarmed black man in 2015 has spawned a lawsuit against police by members of the SCLC, who claimed police attempted to squelch their efforts to educate the public about the shooting during a city festival last year.

Randy Evans, partner, Dentons, Atlanta

Analysis: Wait, Did Dentons Really Screw Up Its Conflicts Check in Feud Between CNN and Price?

By Jenna Greene, The Litigation Daily |

After two Dentons lawyers sent a letter to CNN on behalf of Rep. Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services, demanding that the network retract an unflattering story—it turns out Dentons also represents CNN.

Chief Justice P. Harris Hines followed by Presiding Justice Harold Melton enter the House Chambers for the State of the Judiciary address, January 25, 2016.

Chief Justice Calls on Lawmakers to Tackle Probation Reform

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines' speech to a joint session of the General Assembly said more work remains when looking at the state's criminal justice reforms.

Robert D. Cheeley.

High-Low Deal in Nursing Student Crash Case Means No Appeal on $15M Award

By Greg Land |

A nursing student, one of two survivors in a multivehicle accident that left five more young women dead, was awarded $15 million on Friday. A confidential high-low agreement means there will be no appeal and moots a separate trial on punitive damages.

Jake Evans at the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.

Thoughts on the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

By Jake Evans |

An Atlanta lawyer who attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump writes that the chill-raising experience "reminds us of the history and greatness on which our nation was built. It reminds us that America is, and will remain, the greatest country on Earth."

The front line of marchers leads a massive group through city streets and toward the Georgia State Capitol at the Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Atlanta. The rally and march drew thousands of attendees, including, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who had been at odds with president Donald Trump leading up to the inauguration. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

Thoughts on the Women's March in Atlanta

By Candice Blain |

The reaction of the world has eclipsed the inauguration of Donald Trump, writes an Atlanta attorney who attended Saturday's march in Atlanta.

L-R Ben Avery, Craig Avery, Blair Craig, Brian Craig and Harlan Wood.

Family Ties Lure Defense Lawyers to Switch Sides—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Plaintiffs and defense lawyers tend to stick with their tribes. But blood ties can be thicker.

Taxpayers Argue Against Private School Tax Credits

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

It was a tough day at the Georgia Supreme Court for a challenge to a private school tuition tax credit program.

Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Three Things to Know About Neil Gorsuch, SCOTUS Front-Runner

Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has moved to the front of the pack among possible nominees to the Supreme Court, according to several news reports Tuesday.

Judge Amanda Mercier.

Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Against Doctor in Nursing Home Death

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit against a doctor in a small-town nursing home over the treatment of a patient who died after developing an infection there.

Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

D.C. Judge, Citing 'Serious Concerns,' Blocks Aetna's $37B Merger With Humana

A federal judge in Washington on Monday blocked Aetna Inc.'s proposed $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc., punctuating an era of antitrust enforcement under the Obama administration that broke up proposed mergers in a host of industries.

John Stivarius and John Bennett

Taylor English Sued for Legal Malpractice Over Botched Contract

By Greg Land |

Atlanta's Taylor English Duma and one of its partners are facing a legal-malpractice action claiming damages of nearly $1 million.

Donald Samuel, Garland, Samuel & Loeb, Atlanta. At the Supreme Court of Georgia. January 23, 2017.

Abortion Case Pits Privacy Against State Power at High Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The constitutional right to privacy took on the power of the state to claim immunity from legal challenge before the Georgia Supreme Court Monday.

Georgia Supreme Court building

1 Lawyer Suspended, 2 Surrender License

The Supreme Court of Georgia has issued three decisions regarding lawyer discipline.

A view of the Symphony Tower at 1180 Peachtree St. in Atlanta where King & Spalding has its office. Photo: Alison Church/Freelance. 1-27-2011

King & Spalding Renews Midtown Lease and Charts Redesign

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm now has less space, but big plans nonetheless.

Elizabeth L. Branch

Court of Appeals Reverses Judge Who Denied Transgender Name Changes

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Augusta judge who denied two transgender name changes on grounds they would "confuse and mislead" the public has been reversed by the Georgia Court of Appeals and ordered to approve both requests.

No Blunders for Supreme Court at Trump's Inauguration

From the U.S. Supreme Court’s perspective, the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday went smoothly, with no flubbed lines or dropped Bibles.

Fulton County Government Center at Martin Luther King Jr. and Pryor in Atlanta.

Fulton Commission OKs $6M in Justice Reinvestment Spending

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Commission has approved more than $6 million in spending for the county's Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a multipronged program aimed at reducing the population at the Fulton County Jail, improving behavioral health care for inmates and moving cases more quickly through the courts.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Justices to Hear Challenge to Abortion Law

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday on a challenge to a restrictive abortion law in which the state will claim sovereign immunity against lawsuits, as well as in a closely-watched suit over a law allowing tax credits for private school tuition.

What SCOTUS Insiders Know to Watch For at Trump's Inauguration

In defining his role as chief justice, John Roberts Jr. in 2005 famously compared the job to that of an umpire, and he added, “Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.” Similarly, it is safe to say that nobody except Supreme Court nerds will be tuning in to the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20 so they can see Roberts or the rest of the justices in action.

Christopher Whitlock (left) and Lynn Olmert, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, Atlanta.

Defense Firm McAngus Lures Carlock Team for New Atlanta Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

The new recruits plus a separate associate hire boost McAngus Goudelock & Courie's Atlanta lawyer headcount to 11. The office launched last summer with three partners.

Richard Hyde

House Speaker Appoints Longtime Investigator to JQC But Rejects Bar Nominees

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Speaker of Georgia's House of Representatives has reappointed Richard Hyde, the state Judicial Qualifications Commission's former longtime investigator, to continue serving as a commissioner on the newly-constituted agency now under the Legislature's control.

Eleventh Circuit Nixes Fraudster's Sentence, but Bolsters Prosecutors' Case

By Samantha Joseph |

A ruling for from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provides new guidance for handling circumstantial evidence in securities fraud cases.

Christopher Quinn, booking photo.

Senior Gwinnett ADA Jailed in Prostitution Case

By Greg Land |

A Gwinnett County prosecutor is in jail on felony racketeering and misdemeanor pandering charges related to a raid on a Dunwoody apartment in an investigation into a purported prostitution ring.

Robin Frazer Clark

Atlanta Lawyer Celebrates Presidential Pardon for Client Court-Martialed for 'Being Gay'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Among those President Barack Obama pardoned during his last days in office is a former U.S. Army officer who was imprisoned for having a relationship with another man while they served at different bases in Germany in 1988.

Chris Carr, Attorney General for Georgia. January 18 2016.

New Attorney General Carr Vows to Uphold Federalist Values

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Chris Carr says he hopes for less federal overreach in his first speech as a new presidential administration prepares to step in.

Judge William Pryor Jr.

Trump Meets With 11th Circuit's William Pryor

By Vivian Salama and Jonathan Lemire |

Judge William Pryor of Alabama reportedly met with Trump in New York on Saturday. The president-elect said last week that he would select a candidate to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia within his first two weeks in office.

Judge Edward Carnes.

Kardashian Sisters Lose Arbitration Bid; Carnes Cracks Cosmetic Jokes in Opinion

By Celia Ampel |

The Kardashian sisters were on the losing side of 11th Circuit Judge Ed Carnes' punny federal appellate court opinion issued Wednesday.

The 'Nightmare for Conservatives' Who Will Swear In Trump

By Marcia Coyle |

“Nightmare.” “Absolute disaster.” “Looked like a dummy.” President-elect Donald Trump has lobbed these insults and more at Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.—personal attacks about him, and positions he took in ruling on signature Obama administration cases.

Gwinnett Assistant DA Arrested in Dunwoody Prostitution Ring

Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn has turned himself in to Dunwoody police on unknown charges in connection with a prostitution sting.

The Coca-Cola Co. headquarters, Atlanta

What Coca-Cola Can and Cannot Say

By Stephanie Forshee |

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has sued Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association in a case that will be heard in California, alleging they downplayed the health risks associated with its soda products.

Hon. William Duffey

Seatbelt Maker Not Liable for Alleged Design Flaw, Judge Rules

By Greg Land |

A federal judge has tossed out a wrongful death suit based on an alleged design flaw in a seatbelt, ruling that that company's involvement in designing and testing the belt was not sufficient to maintain the claim.

Gov. Roy Barnes

Arguments Run Overtime for $100M 911 Call Fee Fight

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A battle between phone companies and governments over a potential $100 million bill for emergency call fees ran into extra minutes at the Georgia Court of Appeals Tuesday.

Ogletree Adds New Offices in Oklahoma, California

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stweart, one of the nation's largest labor and employment firms, is kicking off the new year with new offices in Oklahoma City and Sacramento, California.

Dentons' Passantino Tapped for White House Counsel's Office

By David Bario |

Stefan Passantino, the head of Dentons' political law practice, told colleagues in a weekend email that he will be resigning from his Republican Party posts in Georgia in order to join the Office of White House Counsel.

Smith Gambrell Adds More Lawyers in New York

By Meredith Hobbs |

Just a week after opening new offices in the U.K. and Germany and announcing plans to acquire a seven-lawyer Manhattan boutique, Smith Gambrell & Russell is continuing its growth spurt in New York.

State Bar of Georgia Building

State Bar Submits Candidates for New Judicial Watchdog

By R. Robin McDonald |

The State Bar of Georgia's board of governors unanimously approved a list of 11 bar members to recommend to state legislators as candidates for two open seats reserved for attorneys on the newly minted state judicial watchdog agency.

How VW's In-House Lawyers Screwed Up a Litigation Hold

The obstruction of justice charge filed against Volkswagen AG on Wednesday pertains not only to lies by employees to federal regulators, but also to actions by VW’s in-house legal team, according to statements attached to the plea agreement.

Elimination of 'Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot' Policy Will Have Impact on Immigration Law Firms

Elimination of the so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy that gave Cuban immigrants an automatic path to citizenship once they reached U.S. shores will deal a heavy blow to many small and solo immigration law firms in South Florida and other places where many Cubans live.

Julius Turman of Constangy Brooks Smith, San Francisco. HANDOUT.

Constangy Continues Expansion Push With San Francisco Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta-based labor and employment firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete has opened a San Francisco office with the addition of partner L. Julius Turman, who joins from Reed Smith.

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Not Throwing Away His Shot, Judge Raps Nomination 'Hamilton' Style

By R. Robin McDonald |

At the State Bar of Georgia’s board of governors meeting on Friday, DeKalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez nominated a candidate for the bar’s executive committee with an homage to the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton.”

L-R Justice David Nahmias, Justice Michael Boggs and Justice Britt Grant.

Bigger Bench Means More Questions From Justices

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court didn't just expand this week. It warmed.

L-R Nathan Horsley and Mark Begnaud, Horsley Brgnaud,Atlanta

Georgia City Settles Police-Beating Case for $125K

By Greg Land |

An African-American man claimed he was beaten and arrested without cause in the city of Dawson. With one of the accused cops now dead and the other fired from the force, Dawson's insurer agreed to settle.


Fulton DA Files Emergency Motions Relating to McIvers

One motion seeks to halt the sale of Diane McIver's assets under the state's slayer law; the other seeks to keep her husband, Tex, from using assets from her estate to fund his legal defense or to support himself.

Legislature Set to Consider Mandatory E-Filing; 2 Vendors Vie for Jurisdictions

By Greg Land |

Among the prefiled legislation for this year's session of the Georgia General Assembly is a bill that will mandate all superior courts in the state to require electronic civil filings by Jan. 1, 2018.

Marla Moore, Director of the Administrative Office of the Court; Ben Easterlin JQC Chairman; and Randy Dennis, Fiscal Officer for the Administrative Office of the Court. .Zach Porter/Daily Report.02/03/10

Judicial Watchdog Agency Urges Former Chairman to Become Its New Director

By R. Robin McDonald |

The new chairman of the state Judicial Qualifications Commission says he is urging a respected former chairman of the agency to become its new director.

Florida Coastal School of Law.

Education Dept. Gives ‘F’ on Student Debt to Law Schools in Florida, South Carolina

By Karen Sloan |

Two law schools have landed on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of college programs with extremely high student loan debt compared with graduates’ earnings.

L-R Members of the GSU office of legal affairs who worked on the Turner Field deal, Kerry Heyward, Bharath Parthasarathy and Neal Bateman.

GSU Team Celebrates Long-Awaited Deal to Transform 'The Ted'

By Meredith Hobbs |

It took a lot of lawyering to acheive Georgia State University's transformative deal to buy the 68-acre Turner Field site from the city of Atlanta in a partnership with Carter & Associates and other private developers.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

High Court Justices Might Need a Drink After Arguments on Airport Bar Taxes

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Very dry oral arguments at the Georgia Supreme Court Monday served up more questions than answers in a convoluted dispute over who gets to keep airport bar tab taxes.

Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson.

Fulton Sheriff: Trump's AG Pick Is Not a Racist

By R. Robin McDonald |

Fulton County Sheriff Theodore "Ted" Jackson says that he has worked closely with Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, and that President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, is no racist.

Jeff Milsteen, chief legal affairs officer, Kennesaw State University

Olens Brings Chief Deputy to KSU

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Kennesaw State University president Sam Olens named Jeff Milsteen, former chief deputy attorney general of Georgia, as the school's chief legal affairs officer.

Suit: Firm Knowingly Issued Invalid Atlanta Parking Tickets

By Katie Brumbaek |

PARKatlanta and its parent company allegedly knew for years that the wireless technology it uses "causes a lack of synchronized and accurate data" that can result in mobile devices used by the company's employees showing that someone hasn't paid for parking when, in fact, they have.

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations and Thanks to Murphy and Retiring Fulton Judges

State bar president writes to extend congratulations to longtime U.S. District Court Judge Harold L. Murphy on the announcement that he will retire from full-time judicial service at the end of March.

Jeff Mokotoff, Ford & Harrison, Atlanta.

Partner Returns to Ford & Harrison After Turner Venture—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

When Ted Turner wanted to bring ecotourism to his vast New Mexico ranches, he turned to an Atlanta lawyer who admits "you would not find me in a cowboy hat and boots."

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington during his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Attorney General, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Jeff Sessions Tees Up 'Reasonable' Test for Laws DOJ Defends, Drops

The U.S. Department of Justice has a duty to enforce and defend federal laws—unless the agency can’t do so in a “reasonable way,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. attorney general.

Ben Miller, Center for American Progress.

Is Doomsday Imminent for Charlotte Law School?

After the troubled law school's delay in starting the spring semester, its chances for survival are slim, says an education expert.

L-R Newly appointed Georgia Supreme Court Justices Michael Boggs and Britt Grant listen to Paul Weathington give arguments at the Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday January 9th 2017.

‘Perry Mason’ Moments Mark New Justices’ First Time to Hear Arguments

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The appeal focuses on whether a nurse should have been allowed to testify after she was left off the witness list in a medical-malpractice trial.

Edward Tolley, Ga. Public Defender Standards Council. Photo By John Disney 12-02-2011

Holdover Judicial Watchdog Member Named Chairman by Deal

By R. Robin McDonald |

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Athens attorney Edward Tolley as the new chairman–and the governor's sole appointee–to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the state's judicial watchdog.

Chris Stewart, Atlanta

$3M Settles Case of Man Paralyzed in Trampoline Park Mishap

By Greg Land |

With a March trial date approaching, a Minnesota man who broke his neck jumping from a trampoline into a foam pit has settled his claims against the trampoline park for $3 million.

Girl's Supreme Court Justice Costume Gets Ginsburg Shoutout

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a superhero to Michele Threefoot, an 8-year-old girl in Columbia, MD, who dressed as the Supreme Court justice for her school’s “Superhero Day.”

Josh Belinfante

Interviews to Fill Vacant Federal Judgeships Underway

By R. Robin McDonald |

The six-man committee advising Georgia's U.S. senators on nominations for three open federal judgeships in Georgia has begun interviewing candidates for two open seats in the state's Northern District, including one that did not open up until Dec. 29—one day before the committee's application deadline.

Justices Ground Startup Flytenow, the 'Uber of the Sky'

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a pioneering flight-sharing startup’s dispute with the Federal Aviation Administration. The justices, without comment, turned away Flytenow Inc.’s petition, which argued that pilots using Flytenow’s online platform to solicit passengers are not “common carriers” who must satisfy more stringent aviation rules.

Patent Agreements Stock Art

Tips for Conducting Due Diligence on US Patents

By Rivka Monheit |

Involving patent counsel early in the process allows for a more comprehensive review, and can provide the company with valuable leverage during negotiations, writes Rivka Monheit of Pabst Patent Group.

Patents Stock Art

IP Cases to Watch at the Supreme Court in 2017

By Virginia Carron and Ashley Winkler |

Patent cases before the Supreme Court this term, including one already decided, promise that the coming year will continue the trend of transition since enactment of the America Invents Act. The court also will decide cases concerning trademarks and copyrights.

Judge Stephanie B. Manis

Judge Stephanie Manis Recalled With Humor, Admiration

By Greg Land |

A cold, light rain had just started to fall and the cavernous, ornate sanctuary of The Temple on Peachtree Street was at capacity as hundreds of mourners – including a Who's Who of Georgia's legal community -- gathered for a memorial service in honor Fulton County Senior Judge Stephanie Manis, who died Dec. 17 at age 76.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Increases the Risk of Big Damage Awards

By Rich Miller |

Rich Miller of Ballard Spahr writes that the Supreme Court increases risk of big damage awards.

Patents Stock Art

Continuation Applications Can Hurt Patent Portfolios

By Brent R. Bellows |

It is common practice in the United States to file one or more continuation or "child" patent applications following the allowance of a first or "parent" application.


Q&A With Atlanta Power Bank SunTrust's GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

ALM GC reporter Kristin Rasmussen profiles Raymond Fortin, corporate executive vice president and general counsel at SunTrust Banks Inc.