• Altamaha Riverkeeper, Inc. v. Rayonier Performance Fibers, LLC et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-11
    Practice Area: Energy and Natural Resources | Environmental Law
    Industry: Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Brown, Megan Huynh (Southern Environmental Law Center), Atlanta; Donald Stack (Stack & Associates PC), Atlanta; Keri Powell (Law Office of Keri N Powell LLC), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia Barmeyer, Randall Butterfield, Stephen McCullers (King & Spalding LLP), Atlanta; James Durham (Hall Booth Smith P.C.), Brunswick; Isaac Byrd (Deputy Attorney General), Atlanta; Christopher Carr (Attorney General), James Coots (Senior Assistant Attorney General), Atlanta; Graham Barron (GA Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee. Georgia Industry Environmental Coalition Inc, Atlanta; Douglas Henderson (Troutman Sanders), Atlanta; Georgia Riverkeepers, Decatur; Charles Cork (Attorney at Law), Decatur, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A18A0594

    Environmental Protection Division's Interpretation of Narrative Standard in Regulation Governing Pollution Discharge Into Rivers Was Entitled to Deference

  • Michael O. Mondy et al. v. Magnolia Advanced Materials, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-02
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Judges
    Industry: Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Oliver Mondy (Michael O. Mondy PC.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Erika Clarke Birg, Peter L. Munk (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G1478

    When a motion to recuse the trial judge is filed after the judge has orally held a party's attorney in contempt, the recusal motion must be decided before the judge may properly proceed to enter a written contempt order.

  • Lingo v. Early County Gin, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-28
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation
    Industry: Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Schulte, Robert Stannard (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Tash Van Dora, Jeremiah Van Dora (The Van Dora Law Firm LLC), Hartwell, for appellee. Patricia Taylor (State Board of Workers' Compensation), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A18A0267

    Chain of Custody Not Sufficient to Support Presumption That Workplace Accident Was Caused By Use of Marijana

  • Skyjack, Inc. et al. v. Mois et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-27
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Trusts and Estates | Wrongful Death
    Industry: Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Singer (Bovis, Kyle & Burch), Atlanta; H. Young, Willie Ellis, Warner Fox (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP), Atlanta; Katherine Mercer-Lawson, Theresa Wardon (Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP), Denver; Andrew Capobianco (Mozley Finlayson & Loggins LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Darren Penn (Penn Law LLC), Atlanta; Jennifer Smith (Ken David & Associates LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. Matthew McLaughlin (McLaughlin & Loring), Alpharetta, for other party.

    Case Number: A18A0455

    Substituting Administrator of Decedent's Estate For Named Plaintiff in Wrongful Death Action Not Statutorily Authorized

  • Woods et al. v. A.R.E. Accessories, LLC

    Publication Date: 2018-06-21
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Products Liability
    Industry: Automotive | Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Andrews
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Peavy (Peavy Law LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Alan Ness, Duluth, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0292

    The trial court properly granted summary judgment to manufacturer in plaintiffs' product liability action because there was an absence of evidence in the record that the product was defectively designed; rather, the evidence showed that the sole cause of plaintiffs' injuries was the unforeseeable misuse of the product.

  • Cummings v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Eric Crawford (Crawford and Boyle, LLC), Monroe, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joshua Smith (District Attorney's Office Augusta Judicial Circuit), Augusta; Natalie Paine (District Attorney), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0400

    Probative Value of Records Showing Purchases of Precursor Drugs Outweighed Potential Prejudice

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Georgia Casualty & Surety Company v. Valley Wood, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-19
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Insurance Litigation
    Industry: Insurance | Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jerry Buchanan, Shannon Land (Buchanan & Land, LLP), Columbus; Patrick Fagan, Naveen Ramachandrappa, Frank Lowrey (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Neal Callahan, David Helmick, Clarence Mullin (Waldrep, Mullin & Callahan), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A2093

    In an insurance coverage case, the trial court exceeded its authority under the Declaratory Judgment Act by issuing a coercive declaratory judgment so the Court of Appeals vacated the order and remanded the case with direction.

  • Georgia Pacific Consumer Products, LP v. Ratner, et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-18
    Practice Area: Environmental Law | Real Estate
    Industry: Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Hudson (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta; Edward Hughes (Callaway, Braun, Riddle & Hughes, PC), Savannah; Quentin Marlin, Ryburn Ratterree, Philip Thompson (Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams LLP), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: John Bell (Bell & Brigham), Augusta; Timothy Roberts, Benjamin Perkins (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1969

    In plaintiffs' suit alleging that a paper mill damaged their property and interfered with the use and enjoyment of their property, the Court reversed the denial of the mill's motion for summary judgment on plaintiffs' claim for nuisance, as the mill was immune from nuisance liability under Georgia's right to farm statute, and found that the mill was entitled to summary judgment on plaintiffs' claims for negligence, trespass, and all derivative claims.