• Kinslow v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sydney Rene Strickland, Leigh Ann Webster, (Strickland Webster, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel William Alan Peach, Patsy A. Austin-Gatson, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for Appellee.

    Case Number: S20G1001

    Court reverses defendant's conviction for computer trespass, concluding that the evidence did not support a violation of the statutory language

  • Star Residential, LLC et al. v. Hernandez

    Publication Date: 2021-07-19
    Practice Area: Premises Liability
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Willie C. Ellis, Jr., Warner S. Fox, Elliott Crawford Ream, (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP), Atlanta, Robert B. Gilbreath, (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP), Dallas, for Appellant.
    for defendant: Sidney Leighton Moore, (The Moore Law Firm, P.C.), Decatur, for Appellee; Warren Calvin Smith, (W. Calvin Smith, II, P.C.), Atlanta, for other party; Jacob Edward Daly, (Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP), Atlanta, Jeffrey S. Ward, (Drew, Eckl & Farnham LLP), Brunswick, Elissa Blache Haynes, (Drew, Eckl & Farnham LLP), Atlanta, Malissa Anne Kaufold-Wiggins, (Balch & Bingham, LLP), Atlanta, Philip Michael Thompson, (Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams LLP), Savannah, James Miachaell Williams, (Georgia Apartment Association), Atlanta, Barry Goheen, (Fisherbroyles, LLP), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S20G1214

    Court reverses denial of a property manager's motion to dismiss an injured party's cause of action for nuisance under the Street Gang Terrorism Act

  • Wilson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Georgia Public Defender Council - Appellate Division), Atlanta, Veronica M. O'Grady, (Clayton County Public Defender), Morrow, Christina Rupp Cribbs, (Georgia Innocence Project), Atlanta, for Appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Allen Arnt, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), LaFayette, Megan Camille Gaither, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Ringgold, for Appellee.

    Case Number: S20G1295

    Court affirms convictions for child molestation and other crimes over defendant's claims that prior act evidence was inadmissible

  • Grace et al. v. Lowery et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-16
    Practice Area: Privacy
    Industry: Retail
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Pipkin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Johnny Foster, Morton Forbes, (Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP), Savannah, Robert Marcovitch, (Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP), Atlanta, Thomas Nash, (Attorney at Law), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Robert Turner, (Savage, Turner, Pinckney & Savage), Savannah, Jeffrey Vaughan, (J. Scott Vaughan, P.C.), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0422

    Court reverses general jury verdict and award for defamation, negligent hiring, and invasion of privacy where plaintiffs failed to identify specific defamatory statement

  • Cockerham v. Cockerham

    Publication Date: 2021-07-16
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kathy Portnoy, (Portnoy, Garner & Nail, LLC), Atlanta, Garrett Nail, (Thompson Hine LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Russell King, Collin Hatcher, (King Yaklin & Wilkins LLP), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0553

    Court vacates modified parenting order and remands for entry of findings of fact and conclusions of law, and affirms award of attorney and guardian ad litem fees

  • Cwik v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael McIntyre, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, Graham McKinnon, (Attorney at Law), Gainesville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Lee Darragh, (District Attorney, NEJC of GA Northeastern Judicial Circuit), Gainesville, Laura Lukert, (Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Athens, Anna Fowler, (Hall County District Attorney's Office), Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0184

    Court affirms convictions for child molestation over defendant's challenges to evidence of venue, contentions of ineffective assistance, and arguments of error

  • McCurdy v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Pipkin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Eric Crawford, (Crawford and Boyle, LLC), Monroe, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joshua Smith, Henry Syms, Jared Williams, (District Attorney's Office Augusta Judicial Circuit), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0540

    Court affirms convictions for rape and child molestation but vacates sentence and remands for merger of counts relating to possession of sexually explicit videos

  • State v. Dowell

    Publication Date: 2021-07-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Pipkin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Melinda Wynne, Gregory Edwards, (District Attorney's Office, Dougherty Judicial Cir), Albany, for appellant.
    for defendant: Randall Sharp, (Sharp Georgia Law Firm), Smyrna, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0479

    Court rules that trial court did not err when it ordered a new trial on general grounds, but reverses order to the extent it was based on insufficient evidence of armed robbery

  • Poverty Destroyed Forever, LLC. v. Visio Financial Services, Inc. et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-15
    Practice Area: Real Estate
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph Todd, (Joseph M. Todd, P.C.), Jonesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Howell Hall, (Shapiro Pendergast & Hasty, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0461

    In a foreclosure action, the Court affirmed a directed verdict dismissing a claim for punitive damages and the denial of debtor's motion to set aside a foreclosure action

  • Seals v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lawrence W. Daniel, (Lawrence W. Daniel, PC), Atlanta, James Kenneth Luttrell, Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ryan Reese Leonard, Sarah Elizabeth Hilleren, Elizabeth Dalia Racine, (Douglas County District Attorney's Office), Douglasville, Sean Alexander Garrett, (DeKalb County Department of Law), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20G0931

    No Direct Appeal Possible From Criminal Conviction After Unresolved Count Was Dead-Docketed

  • Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors v. Technology Square, LLC

    Publication Date: 2021-07-14
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Meredith Germain, Valerie Ross, (Turner Ross Germain, LLC), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Lindsey Hillis, Delia Williams-Carroll, (The Hillis Firm, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0204

    Court vacates and remands orders for proper findings on whether the delays by the Board of Tax Assessors were unreasonable and inexcusable