Atlanta Daily Report (31)

Indictment Handed Down in Slaying of UPS Lawyer

Nearly three months after a UPS corporate attorney was gunned down as she crossed Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta during morning rush hour, a Fulton County grand jury on Wednesday charged her suspected assailant with murder.

Eversheds Sutherland Leaders Talk Clients, Costs After Partner Confab

The newly-combined firm pulled off quite a feat this week, mustering 680 partners and top operations people together in London for the firm's first partners' meeting amid record-setting June heat.

Downtown Homeless Shelter to Close Following Settlement

The confidential agreement comes after years of litigation and calls for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless shelter to close in August.

Court of Appeals Judge Ellington Says He Will Run for Supreme Court

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge John Ellington has confirmed that he plans to run for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court next year and has organized a campaign and plans to announce his candidacy Thursday.

Fatal Plane Crash in Tom Cruise Movie Leads to Insurance Fight

Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance wants Great American Insurance to cover $425,000 in mounting costs related to two California wrongful death suits.

Tweets, Live Stream and Bow Ties Mark '@JudgeDillard' Investiture

Despite an invitation shared on social media for the investiture ceremony installing Judge Stephen Dillard as chief of the Georgia Court of Appeals Wednesday, the outgoing chief judge confessed she was afraid it wouldn't happen.

Former Dancer Dismisses Civil Racketeering Claims Against Strip Club

A federal racketeering suit filed against Atlanta's iconic strip club The Cheetah—that the club's defense counsel denounced as "false, spurious, and baseless"—has been dismissed voluntarily by the former dancer who filed it.

Disability Benefits Were Non-Marital Property Not Subject to Equitable Division in Divorce, Georgia Supreme Court Rules

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that disability benefits issued pursuant to an insurance policy after the insured had been catastrophically injured were non-marital property and were not subject to equitable division when the insured and his wife divorced.

It's Lonely at the Top for Atlanta First-Year Associates Making $180K

Lucky associates at one law firm in Atlanta are making a whopping $180,000 in their first year on the job, according to the National Association for Law Placement Inc. But they are hardly the norm.

Emory Picks Alston Stalwart Graves as Interim Law Dean

Emory University School of Law has chosen retired Alston & Bird partner Judson Graves as its interim dean, effective Aug. 1. Robert Schapiro, who's been Emory Law's dean for five years, announced in March that he will step down when his term ends in July and return to teaching

Federal Judge Finds City of Calhoun's Misdemeanor Bond Policy Remains Unconstitutional

Blue Cross Accused of Underpaying Walker County's Only Hospital

A lawsuit filed by Cornerstone Medical Center claims the hospital is losing $9,600 a month because the insurer is not honoring its contract.

A Lawyer for Every Used Car Dealer—and Other 'On the Move' News

Steven Lefkoff has started his own firm, Lefkoff Law, with a unique niche representing used car dealers, along with the finance companies that make car loans.

Role of School Board's GC Dooms Retaliation Claim by Construction Company

A Florida county school board has won the latest round of litigation against a construction company that claimed it suffered illegal retaliation when it complained after its bid for a project failed.

Colleagues Remember Judge Marvin Shoob: Letters

McLain & Merritt and the president of the State Bar of Georgia write in remembrance of longtime U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Shoob.

Lawyer's Analysis on High Court's Holding That Debt Buyers Aren't Subject to Fair Debt Law

McIver's Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors of Withholding Evidence

Attorneys for Atlanta attorney Claud "Tex" McIver have accused Fulton County prosecutors of intentionally withholding exculpatory evidence generated by Atlanta police that would belie the murder charges currently pending against McIver in an emergency motion filed in Fulton County Superior Court on ...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Alabama Death Row Inmate Over Mental Health Access in Trial

In an Alabama case championed by the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 that an Alabama Death Row inmate was denied his right to consult with a mental health experts in his 1986 capital murder trial.

After $1.2M DUI Wreck Verdict, Case Settles For $1.3M

The jury was weighing how much to add in punitive damages when the settlement was reached.

Supreme Court Rules First Amendment Protects Disparaging Trademarks

A high-profile trademark fight centered on the Asian-American rock band The Slants ended Monday with a ruling that the Lanham Act?s prohibition against ?disparaging? marks violates the First Amendment.

11th Circuit Gives Geico a Redo on Damages Following $30M Verdict

The game isn't over, but Geico scored points with an opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that takes a deep look at uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and bad faith claims in Florida.

Judge Shoob Remembered as 'Irreplaceable'

The legacy of Marvin Shoob, a federal judge in Atlanta for more than 35 years known as much for his fearlessness as for his compassion on the bench, should be a promise from all who knew him to "do some good," his son urged family, friends, and members of the legal community at Shoob's June 16 ...

Georgia Supreme Court Says State Can't Be Sued Over Abortion Law

The justices ruled Monday that the state cannot be sued over a controversial law that bans most abortions after 20 weeks and gives prosecutors access to women's medical records?but they leave the door open to other challenges.

Three Tips for Avoiding Social Media Conflicts

While social media can be a valuable marketing tool, careless attorneys can undermine the benefits of social media in the time it takes to tweet.

11th Circuit Green Lights Traffic Cam Class Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a ruling that opens the road for a class action lawsuit over traffic cameras that catch drivers running red lights.

Kravitch Recalled for Stories, Sense of Social Justice

Those who clerked for the federal appeals court judge who died Thursday at age 96 or who appeared before her in court remember a woman known for her towering intellect.

Feds Look to Bar Public Access to Immigration Policy Manual

The Justice Department submitted the manual under a provisional seal because there may be privileged or sensitive information in it.

Beer Tasting & BBQ Battle Raises Over $80K for Legal Aid, AVLF

The fifth annual event drew more than 750 guests to Midtown's Park Tavern.

High Court to Consider Legal Malpractice, Property Taxes and Workers' Comp Cases

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week over whether a retirement community for wealthy seniors should be exempt from property taxes, what should be required to sue a law firm for legal malpractice and how long to provide Workers' Compensation Act benefits after an injury.

New YLD President Challenges Young Lawyers to Bridge Justice Gap

Nicole Leet broke with tradition when she became president of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division last weekend.

11th Circuit Green Lights Traffic Cam Class Action

The ruling opens the road for an Alabama class action lawsuit over traffic cameras that catch drivers running red lights.