Atlanta Daily Report (40)

Efforts Underway to Strengthen Lawsuits Against Sexual Predators

Following the dismissal of the deep pockets in lawsuits against institutions accused of allowing sexual abuse of children to continue in secret, lawyers and lawmakers are teaming up to toughen Georgia's Hidden Predator Act in the next legislative session.

Private Probation Company Accused of Charging Illegal Fees in Atlanta

A new lawsuit claims Sentinel Offender Services never refunded the unauthorized fees flagged by the state before it stopped working in Atlanta.

New Texas Leader Takes Reins at Atlanta's Hawkins Parnell

Texas-based Robert Thackston, defense litigation firm Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young's new chairman, is also its first leader from outside its Atlanta headquarters.

DeKalb Sheriff Pleads to Ordinance Violations After Indecency Charge Dropped

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to violating two Atlanta city ordinances after city solicitors agreed to drop a pending public indecency charge.

Lawyer's 'Inadvertent' E-Discovery Failures Led to Wells Fargo Data Breach

A massive Wells Fargo customer data breach was not the work of a hacker, but of the bank?s own lawyer who failed to review the bank?s entire set of discovery documents, including information about the bank?s wealthy customers, before it was shipped to a litigation adversary.

Nigerian Living in Metro Atlanta to Be Sentenced for Immigration Fraud

Convicted of immigration fraud for lying on his application to become a naturalized citizen, the man lost his citizenship status and will face sentencing in October, a U.S. attorney announced.

Driver Skips Trial, Jury Levies $850K Against UM Insurance Provider

One factor was the length of time between the wreck and the victim's complaints of lower back pain.

Beyonce, Jay-Z Want to Trademark Twins? Names. What Could Possibly Stand in Their Way?

The musicians want to prevent others from profiting off their kids' names. But to be successful, trademark applicants have to have a true intent to use the mark, says Knobbe Martens partner Ian Gillies.

10 of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women Have Atlanta Offices

Working Mother evaluated the firms for their family-friendly policies and career-advancement initiatives. To be considered, firms must have 50 or more lawyers and complete a survey.

Judge Dismisses Race Claims Against Turner and CNN

A federal judge in Atlanta has dismissed a proposed class action suit against Turner Broadcasting System and CNN, slamming the racial discrimination complaint as "littered with conclusory assertions, rank speculations, confusing statements and generalized allegations that lack factual support."

News Org That Published Classified Info Recruited High-Profile Defense Counsel in Reality Winner Case

U.S. Department of Homeland Security former general counsel Joe D. Whitley has been added to accused government leaker Reality Winner's defense team by a partner at Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer whose client First Look Media is now helping to fund Winner's defense.

Pope McGlamry Lawyers Step Up to Lead Combined Hip Replacement Litigation

Michael McGlamry and M.J. Blakely of Pope McGlamry have been appointed to lead separate coordinated litigation efforts related to hip implant product liability lawsuits, the firm has announced.

11th Circuit Revives Suit on Police Shooting of Anthony Hill

The panel ruled a lower court abused its discretion by using a rule allowing a late response filing to be interpreted as a lack of opposition to a motion to dismiss.

GDLA Holds 50th Annual Meeting at The Breakers

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association?the state?s civil defense bar?held its 50th Annual Meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, in June. Events culminated with a black-tie gala on Saturday evening.

SEC Issues Whistleblower Award to Government Agency Employee for First Time

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday awarded nearly $2.5 million to a government worker who helped regulators launch an investigation and eventually crack down on a company's misconduct, the first such whistleblower bounty issued to an employee of a government agency.

Clients Pushing Hard for Diversity? Not Exactly

Maybe it's because I get jaded easily, but I just can't get myself excited that the legal profession is really getting on the stick about diversity or women.

VW Plaintiffs Team Awarded Another $125M in Fees and Costs

SAN FRANCISCO ? The lawyers handling private lawsuits against Volkswagen AG related to its diesel emissions scandal got judicial sign-off on an additional $125 million in fees and costs Friday.

Reality Winner's Prosecutors Insist News Reports Citing Classified Info Are Top Secret

Federal lawyers prosecuting accused government leaker Reality Winner are doubling down in a dispute with Winner's defense team over what should be treated as classified information.

Court Tosses Lawsuits Against Florida Pilot Over Plane Crash in Nigeria

Effectively scuttling 38 lawsuits combined on appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that lawsuits by foreigners against the estate of the pilot, who was from Florida, cannot be pursued in the U.S. for a 2012 plane crash that occurred in Nigeria.

DLA Piper Lures Finance Pro from Alston & Bird?and Other 'On the Move' News

Kevin Gooch represents banks, companies and private equity funds in lending transactions. He'll focus on advising private equity firms as they finance acquisition deals.

Pak's Nomination a 'Great Leap' for Georgia's Asian-Americans

Byung J. "BJay" Pak sees America not as a melting pot of cultures but rather as a tapestry woven with threads of justice and liberty.

Jury Finds Apartment Manager Liable for $4M in Fatal Shooting

The pre-apportioned award includes $2.5 million in punitive damages against defendant McCorlew Realty Inc.

Donald Trump's Twitter Bashing of Jeff Sessions Raises Hostile Work Questions

President Donald Trump has not been discreet in expressing his dissatisfaction with certain key members on his team. Recent taunts blasted to his millions of followers on Twitter about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions essentially equates to a public—and very negative—performance ...

Multi-State Suits Target 'Bait & Switch' Online Legal Ads

Two brothers in charge of a Texas-based legal advertising and referral company say they're in a "David and Goliath" battle against law firms suing them in three states over claims including deceptive trade practices and trademark infringement for online ad campaigns targeting Google users searching ...

Joel Katz Is Billboard's Lawyer of the Year

The Greenberg Traurig lawyer and his longtime partner Bobby Rosenbloum both won recognition as attorney A-listers for the music industry.

Civil Rights Lawyer Resigns NAACP Job With Eye on Congress

Statesboro civil rights lawyer Francys Johnson has resigned as Georgia NAACP president and hinted he is doing so in order to run for Congress in 2018.

Trump Lawyer Cobb Describes Role, Says He Took Job With Rocks in My Head and Steel Balls

Ty Cobb, in his first interview since joining the team representing President Donald Trump related to the Russia investigation, explained why he agreed to work with the president and what he expects to do

Famous Football Underdog Inspires Litigator to Write Book

David Marmins of Arnall Golden Gregory and Steven Feit have co-written "Appalachian State Silences the Big House," which recounts the stunning upset by the Appalachian State University football team over the University of Michigan Wolverines in 2007.

Quinn Emanuel Fired Uber, Citing Fixed Fee Rates That Aren?t ?Financially Viable?

New court documents show that Quinn Emanuel dropped Uber as a client last year after finding the company's fixed fee arrangements unsatisfactory.

Trump Picks U.S. Attorney Nominees for Atlanta, Macon

President Donald Trump announced his choices late Friday for two new United States attorneys in Georgia?Byung J. "BJay" Pak as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and Charles Peeler for the same job in the Middle District of Georgia.

After Blunt Questioning, Jury Smokes Tobacco-Leaf Defendant in Trademark Case

A federal jury awarded $271,400 in the wake of a two-day trial in Georgia.

Health Care Law Changes Will Pose Tough Questions

If the fallout from Congress' not-yet-determined decision on health care results in cuts to Medicaid, how will the state decide who can't receive that assistance?

Georgia Judges Set to Eye Changing Rule Over Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms

Georgia's Superior Court judges are set to meet Monday to consider a major overhaul of a court rule in place for decades governing the use of cameras and electronic recording devices in courtrooms across the state.

Law Firm Award Recognizes Messy Truth: There's More to Life Than Work

It seems like a sad commentary on modern life that a business would need to point out that life matters outside the office. In Big Law, it's a sign of progress.

11th Circuit Remands Political Firing Case for Trial

A Florida police officer who alleges he lost his job because he supported the mayor's political rival is entitled to sue over violation of his First Amendment rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled, reversing the lower court's decision.

102 Former U.S. Attorneys Urge Wray's Confirmation

More than 100 former U.S. atttorneys, including appointees of both Republican and Democratic presidents, have thrown their support behind Christopher Wray, the King & Spalding partner whom President Donald Trump has nominated to serve as the nation's new FBI director. Sally Yates, whom Trump fired ...

Lawsuits Over Mac and Cheese Could Be Hard for Courts to Swallow

A report finding hazardous chemicals in boxed macaroni and cheese may have alarmed fans of the inexpensive and convenient meal, but food safety lawyers say any litigation over the issue faces formidable challenges.

Ex-U.S. Attorney, Homeland Security Counsel Joins Defense Team in Winner Leak Case

The former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday joined the defense team of accused leaker Reality Winner.

Reality Winner's Lawyers Brand Government Protective Order as 'Scary'

Lawyers for former NSA contractor and accused leaker Reality Winner have branded as "scary" what they say are the federal government's efforts to unfairly hobble them by casting a broad, ill-defined blanket of secrecy over information, including published news accounts, they may need for Winner's ...

Campaign Manager Claims Judge Belinda Edwards Skipped on $5K Bonus

Dan Young claims the judge retained him as campaign manager in early 2016 heading into her summer election.