Atlanta Daily Report (37)

Brunswick DA Tosses Chua Murder Conviction in Wake of Secret Memo

After serving 11 years of a life sentence for murder, Dr. Noel Chua was a free man Monday night after the Brunswick Circuit district attorney, in a startling turn of events, asked a judge to set aside Chua's 2007 felony murder conviction and release him.

Ex-Deutsche Bank GC, SEC Enforcement Chief Joins King & Spalding

Richard Walker, the longtime Deutsche Bank general counsel and former SEC enforcement chief, has joined King & Spalding in the firm's special matters and government investigations group in New York.

PTAB Judge Joins Finnegan?and Other 'On the Move' News

After serving as a top patent judge with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trenton Ward has returned to Atlanta, joining intellectual property firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner as a partner.

Trial Lawyers Address 'Propaganda' By U.S. Chamber in Letter

While the national group's internal survey claims that Georgia supposedly has declined as a hospitable legal environment and thus presents an inhospitable business climate, the actual numbers paint a very different picture.

Fintech Is Booming in Georgia, as Regulatory Obstacles Loom

A fast-growing industry plus regulatory uncertainty equals lots of work for lawyers.

Baker Donelson the Latest Firm to Adopt AI for Contract Analysis

The firm recently inked a deal with Kira Systems to parse contracts in complex acquisitions and capital raises.

High Court Appoints New Head of Professionalism Commission

The Georgia Supreme Court's Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism has named a new executive director: attorney Karlise Yvette Grier.

Judicial Colleagues Recall Kravitch's Zeal And Humor

Chief Judge Ed Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit opened a memorial service for the late Judge Phyllis Kravitch on Monday by illustrating her sense of humor about jurists' liberal and conservative reputations.

Georgia's AG Joins Coalition Seeking to Pressure Insurers on Opioids

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr today said Monday he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to use their power to discourage doctors from prescribing opioids.

Business Group Doesn?t Like Its Odds in Georgia Litigation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform sent out a scathing review Monday of Georgia as a litigation venue.

Soroko Steps Down at Duane Morris, Taylor to Chair Firm

After leading his firm through a game-changing decade for the legal industry, John Soroko is stepping down from his post as chairman of Duane Morris.

How Lost Case Led to Big Win for Yamaha In-House Counsel

Victoria Webster took a courtroom defeat and turned it into an award-winning article.

Federal Labor Lawsuit Accuses LAZ of Failing to Pay Overtime

The federal lawsuit filed claims LAZ regularly does not pay assistant managers overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Why Did a Federal Judge Sentence a Terminally Ill Mother to 75 Years for Health Care Fraud?

A federal judge in Texas sentenced a woman with advanced metastatic cancer to 75 years in prison for Medicare fraud last month amid a crackdown on health care fraud by the government. Here's what we learned about the case.

State Attorneys General Question Equifax Response to Data Breach

Two-thirds of the nation's state attorneys general are raising "profound concerns" with Atlanta-based Equifax's outside counsel not only about the credit bureau's massive data breach but also about how the company has been treating consumers trying to safeguard their personal and financial ...

Eversheds Sutherland Trusts and Estates Team Starts New Era at Boutique

The team has departed for Atlanta boutique The Bowden Spratt Law Firm. Partner Nick Djuric moved to Bowden Spratt on Sept. 1, with senior partner Charlie Hurt joining as of counsel and associate Elizabeth Faist joining as counsel.

Hunt, Don't Fish, for Networking Outcomes

Too often, lawyers think that networking is the end result of networking. It's not?the ultimate goal is revenue.

Equifax Executives' Stock Sales Raise 'Fundamental Questions' Tied to Breach

Equifax Inc. has maintained that three executives were unaware of a massive data breach when they made stock trades on Aug. 1—worth more than $1 million—days after the company discovered the attack. Still, published reports about the stock sales raise "fundamental questions," two ...

11th Circuit Won't Rehear Case Over Deceptive Police Search

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied a Florida couple's request to rehear a case that deeply divided the judges over what constitutes a legal police search.

Law Professor Delves Into Biology Behind Dispute Resolution

Georgia State University professor Douglas H. Yarn shares his thoughts in a Q&A about his research into the connection between biology and arbitration.

Technology Is Changing the World of Dispute Resolution

Mediated disputes increasingly call for technologically savvy mediators who can both understand the technical aspects of the issues and relate to the parties.

Five Things to Help Your Mediation Succeed

Regardless of side, it is invaluable to come to a mediation in good faith and with fair expectations, especially when the other side is being unnecessarily difficult. Consider these tips in your next fight, whether you pursue justice in the courtroom or in the conference room.

Making the Most of Mock Oral Arguments

One of the most effective tools to prepare, of course, remains mock oral arguments. The idea behind them is straightforward: Appellate lawyers want to prepare for as many kinds of questions as possible.

GC of Midas' Parent Co. Under Fire for Unauthorized Practice

The general counsel of Midas parent company TBC Corp. is locked in a legal battle with the disciplinary counsel for the state of Ohio after a panel recommended a suspension for the lawyer, who allegedly practiced law while previously suspended from practice in the state.

'Moving from over 120 firms to just one' - Eversheds Sutherland wins sole adviser appointment for Turkish Airlines

Eversheds Sutherland has been appointed as the sole global legal adviser to Turkish Airlines for an initial three-year period.

Equifax Turns to King & Spalding's Sumner to Defend Data Breach Class Actions

Equifax Inc. has turned to Phyllis Sumner at King & Spalding to serve as lead defense counsel in more than 70 class actions brought over its massive data breach, according to sources familiar with the litigation.

New Suit Lands Over Fatal Tom Cruise Movie Plane Crash

A 2015 plane crash in Colombia during the filming of the Tom Cruise movie "American Made," already the subject of at least five lawsuits in California and Georgia, has spawned more litigation in federal court in Atlanta.

Law & Order premiered 27 years ago today

Everyone?s favorite legal drama series ?Law & Order? premiered on this date in 1990, according to History.com. The NBC show, created by Dick Wolf, has been one of the longest-running primetime dramas in TV history.

Figuring Out What Young Associates Want, Over 15 Coffees

Sean Marotta, a senior appellate associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., had coffee with 15 summer associates this year who found him over Twitter. The National Law Journal caught up with Marotta to review some of what he learned from them.

Pak Nomination Sails Through Senate Judiciary Committee

Atlanta attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak's nomination as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia sailed through the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning and was forwarded to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

High Court Upholds Ex-Fulton Finance Chief's Ouster

Patrick O'Connor was the county's chief financial officer and finance director from 1996 until late 2014, when he was appointed interim county manager.

Tweeting Up a Storm? Georgia High Court Joins Twitter

The Supreme Court of Georgia has officially joined the appellate Twitterverse.

Savannah Firms Weather Irma

Life for lawyers at Savannah law firms was getting back to normal Wednesday.

LG Can't Be Sued Over Fatal Fire Around TV, Judges Rule

If a ruling by the Georgia Court of Appeals stands, a homeowner who claims her television exploded and caused a fire that killed her husband and son will never get a chance to take her case to a jury.

Federal Prosecutors Shut Out Winner's Defense, Asking Judge for Secret Ruling

Federal prosecutors want to present evidence against accused leaker Reality Winner to the presiding judge in secret and without showing their hand to the defense.

Equifax's Latest Legal Nightmare Might Be This Chatbot

DoNotPay's latest chatbot release can help you sue Equifax for negligence in small-claims court. But what impact may it have on consumer protection?

Georgia Supreme Court Disbars 1 Lawyer

These disciplinary matters are before the court on the reports filed by special master William Thomas Cable, Jr., which together recommend the disbarment of respondent Anthony Sylvester Kerr , who has been a member of the Bar since 2005.