• Chrysler Group LLC n/k/a FCA US LLC v. Walden et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Damages | Wrongful Death
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Terry Otho Brantley, Mary Diane Owens, Bradley S. Wolff (Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP), Atlanta; Thomas H. Dupree Jr., Rajiv Mohan (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP), Washington, for appellant.
    for defendant: Karsten Bicknese, Robert Howard Betts (Seacrest, Karesh, Tate & Bicknese, LLP), Atlanta; James E. Butler Jr. (Butler, Wooten Cheely & Peak LLP), Atlanta; James Edward Butler III (Butler Tobin LLC), Atlanta; Cathy Cox (Mercer Law School), Macon; George C. Floyd (Floyd & Kendrick LLC), Bainbridge; Leigh Martin May (Butler, Wooten, Overby, Fryhofer), Atlanta; Michael Brian Terry, Frank Mitchell Lowrey IV (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta; David Thomas Rohwedder (Butler Wooten & Peak LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Michael Roger Boorman (Huff, Powell & Bailey, LLC), Atlanta; Brian David Boone, Kyle G.A. Wallace, Caroline M. Rawls, William Herman Jordan (Alston & Bird LLP), Atlanta; Christopher Randall Jordan (Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn), Brunswick; Martin Adam Levinson (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP), Atlanta; Garret Warrington Meader (Drew ECKL & Farnham LLP), Brunswick; James Randolph Evans, Anthony Wyatt Morris (Dentons US LLP), Atlanta, for amicus appellant. Matthew Britt Stoddard (The Stoddard Firm), Atlanta, for amicus appellee. Therese S. Barnes (Georgia Supreme Court), Atlanta, for other party. Ashby K. Fox, Louis G. Fiorilla (Burr & Forman LLP), Atlanta; Forrest S. Latta (Burr & Forman LLP), Mobile; D. Victor Reynolds, John Stuart Melvin, Michael Scott Carlson, John Richard Edwards, Amelia Greeson Pray (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for neutral amicus.

    Case Number: S17G0832

    The Court of Appeals did not err in affirming the trial court's decision finding that the compensation of the CEO of a car manufacturing company was admissible in a wrongful death suit because the prejudicial effect of the evidence did not outweigh its probative value pursuant to Rule 403.

  • Baja Properties, LLC v. Mattera et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Business Torts | Contractual Disputes | Corporate Entities
    Industry: Construction | Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: C. Davis (Lee Davis Law LLC), Atlanta; Emma Burke (Bailey Davis LLC), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Ney (William Brent Ney LLC), Atlanta; Donna-Marie Hayle (Ney Hoffecker Peacock & Hayle), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1875

    Unlicensed Contractor Could Not Enforce Contract with Property Owners to Build Home for Them

  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company v. Koch et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Evidence | Products Liability
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laurie Webb Daniel (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta; Reed Thomas Warburton, (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP), Birmingham; George R. Neuhauser (Nall & Miller LLP), Atlanta; Scott Burnett Smith (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP), Huntsville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Katherine Lee McArthur, Caleb Frank Walker, Laura K. Hinson Penn (Katherine L. McArthur LLC), Macon; Tracey Lynn Dellacona (Dellaconna Law Firm), Macon, for appellee. Ashby K. Fox, Louis G. Fiorilla (Burr & Forman LLP), Atlanta; Forrest S. Latta (Burr & Forman LLP), Mobile; Brian David Boone (Alston & Bird LLP), Charlotte; Leonard Searcy II (Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.), Kansas City; Philip S. Goldberg (Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP), Washington, for amicus appellant. Stephen Christopher Collier (Hawkins & Parnell, LLP), Atlanta; Michael Atkinson Arndt (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP), Atlanta; George Lee Welborn (Downey, Cleveland, Parker & Williams), Marietta, for other party.

    Case Number: S17G0654

    The trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant's motion to dismiss, or alternatively, to bar certain evidence as a sanction for spoliation of evidence, as the record supported the trial court's conclusion that litigation was not reasonably foreseeable when plaintiff destroyed the evidence.

  • The State v. Hudson

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Paul L. Howard Jr., Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brandon Alexander Bullard (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellee. Randee J. Waldman (The Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic), Atlanta, for amicus appellee.

    Case Number: S17G0739

    The trial court erred in reducing juvenile defendant's sentence for armed robbery because the discretion given to sentencing courts by O.C.G.A. § 49-4A-9 (e) is limited by the mandatory minimum sentence requirements of O.C.G.A. § 17-10-6.1; accordingly, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals judgment to the extent it affirmed that reduced sentence.

  • City Of Union Point v. Greene County et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government | Public Utilities
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Jackson Welch III, Warren Michael Tillery, Brandon Filson Palmer, (Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC), McDonough; M. Joseph Reitman Jr. (Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC), Madison, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher J. Hamilton, Kenneth Paul Robin, Angela Edwards Davis (Jarrard & Davis LLP), Cumming, for appellee. Barry Abbott Fleming, Frank Adam Nelson (Fleming & Nelson LLP), Evans; Edward Fowler Preston, Timothy Marzine Tanner, George T. Talley (Coleman Talley LLP), Valdosta; Sarah L. Crile, Christopher M. Carr, William Wright Banks Jr., Julie Adams Jacobs (Department of Law), for amicus appellant. Walter Gus Elliott II, James L. Elliott, William Gus Elliott II (Elliott Blackburn & Gooding PC), Valdosta; Rusi Chandrashkhar Patel (Georgia Municipal Association, Inc), Atlanta, for amicus appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1878

    The Court partially affirmed, partially reversed, and partially vacated the trial court's order in a dispute between a County and a City over who should pay for public services under the Service Delivery Strategy Act.

  • The State v. Arline

    Publication Date: 2018-04-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Melinda Wynne (District Attorney's Office, Dougherty Judicial Cir), Albany; Gregory Edwards (District Attorney), Albany; Harold Moroz, St. Marys, for appellant.
    for defendant: Megan Lane (Attorney at Law), Donalsonville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1773

    Trial Court Had Authority to Grant New Trial Based on New Evidence Heard by Court But Not Heard by Jury

  • Mercer University v. Stofer et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-24
    Practice Area: Personal Injury | Premises Liability | Wrongful Death
    Industry: Education | Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Ray
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Trulock, Alan Payne (Bendin Sumrall & Ladner LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ranse Partin, Davis Popper (Conley Griggs Partin LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1515

    Triable Issues Of Fact As To Whether University Was Liable For Slip-And-Fall At Sponsored Event

  • Georgiacarry.Org, Inc., et al. v. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-24
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government | Real Estate
    Industry: Real Estate | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Monroe (Attorney at Law), Roswell, for appellant.
    for defendant: Michael Brown (Alston & Bird LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Henry Chalmers, Andrew Stevens (Arnall Golden Gregory), Atlanta; Peter Canfield, Brian Lea (Jones Day), Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A17A1639

    Private Non-Profit Organization Could Prohibit Individuals From Carrying Guns Onto Its Leased Property

  • Access Management Group, L.P. v. Hanham et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-24
    Practice Area: Real Estate
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lervette Blair, Ian Rapaport (Law Office of Ian R. Rapaport), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: James Teague (Attorney at Law), Cumming; Keisha Martin Chambless (Teague & Chambless), Cumming, for appellee. Kathryn Whitlock (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A17A1752

    Property Owner Stated Negligence Claim Against Management Agent For Damage Caused by Landscaping on Adjacent Property

  • Zhong v. PNC Bank, N. A. et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-24
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Real Estate
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Yasha Heidari, Yenniffer Delgado (Heidari Power Law Group LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sarah Reise, (Ballard Spahr LLP), Atlanta; Daniel Tobin (Ballard Spahr LLP), Washington; Linda Finley, Joseph Buller, Jonathan Green, Kristin Miller (Baker, Donelson, Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC), for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1891

    Debtor Could Pursue Action Against Home Lender for Promissory Estoppel and for Failure to Provide Notice of Foreclosure