• Gatto et al. v. City of Statesboro et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-19
    Practice Area: Premises Liability
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice LaGrua
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Brian Terry, Naveen Ramachandrappa, Amanda Kay Seals, (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta, Gilbert H. Deitch, Andrew Timothy Rogers, Kara Elizabeth Phillips, William Michael D'Antignac, (Deitch & Rogers LLC), Atlanta, George Brian Spears, (G. Brian Spears, P.C.), Atlanta, Charles Edwin Johnson, (Foy & Associates), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Richard Read Gignilliat, John Campbell Stivarius, Jr., Tracy Lynn Glanton, (Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, LLP), Atlanta,; Craig T. Jones, (Craig T. Jones, PC), Washington, Amicus Appellant; Seth Michael Friedman, (Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith), Atlanta, Rusi Chandrashkhar Patel, Emily Clare Hirst, (Georgia Municipal Association, Inc.), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee.

    Case Number: S20G0651

    Court affirms that a municipality has sovereign immunity from claims for nuisance liability when the municipality does not own or control property where injuries occurred

  • 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

  • Evans v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph Key, Kayci Timmons, (Miller & Key PA), McDonough, Robert Rubin, (Peters, Rubin & Sheffield), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Fani Willis, Paul Howard, (Fulton County District Attorney), Atlanta, Kevin Armstrong, (Office of the District Attorney), Atlanta, Linda Dunikoski, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office Cobb County Courthouse), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0186

    Court affirms public school principal's RICO act convictions relating to cheating on standardized tests over her multiple contentions of trial court error

  • Parr et al. v. Cook County School District et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-09
    Practice Area: Government | Personal Injury
    Industry: Education | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Spurlin, (Spurlin & McCorvey), Tifton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel Studstill, (Studstill Firm LLP), Nashville, Patrick Dodson, (Jarrard & Davis, LLP), Cumming, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0655

    Trial Court Erred In Dismissing Personal Injury Claims Against Individual School Employees In Their Personal Capacities

  • Young v. Johnson et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-07
    Practice Area: Government | Personal Injury
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kimberly Mowbray, Rishi Pattni, (The Fry Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Gwinnett County Department, (Gwinnett County Law Department), Lawrenceville, Jacquita Parks, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellee. Larry Cobb, (Dodson & Associates), Alpharetta, for other party.

    Case Number: A21A0453

    Defendant Municipality Had No Affirmative Obligation to Establish That Defense of Sovereign Immunity Had Not Been Waived

  • The Renee Group, Inc. v. City of Atlanta

    Publication Date: 2021-07-06
    Practice Area: Contractual Disputes
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jamison Ledbetter, (Conoscienti & Ledbetter), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Reginald Martin, (City of Atlanta, Law Department), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0260

    Court affirms summary judgment order that dismissed contractor's promissory estoppel claim against the City of Atlanta because proposed agreement was ultra vires

  • Erickson v. Walker et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-06-29
    Practice Area: Motor Vehicle Torts
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Pipkin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Justin O'Dell, Nicholas Booth, (O'Dell & O'Neal, P.C.), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Randall Farmer, (Attorney at Law), Marietta, Brandon Moulard, (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP), Atlanta, Arnold Lizana, (Attorney Arnold J. Lizana III), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0023

    Court affirms summary judgment in a negligence case on the basis of causation and further states that school employees had official immunity from a lawsuit

  • Centennial Village, LLC v. Fulton County School District, et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-06-28
    Practice Area: Land Use and Planning
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Hodges
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Richard Mitchell, (Arnall Golden Gregory LLP), Atlanta, Terrell Ogletree, (Attorney at Law), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brandon Moulard, (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0041

    Court affirms dismissal of property owner's complaint for repair costs against Fulton County on grounds of sovereign immunity

  • Board of Commissioners of Lowndes County v. Mayor and Council of The City of Valdosta et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-06-21
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Brown
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Elliott, Walter Elliott, (Elliott, Blackburn & Gooding, P.C.), Valdosta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Robin Leigh, (Assistant Attorney General), Atlanta, George Talley, Gregory Talley, (Coleman, Talley, Newbern, Kurrie Et Al), Valdosta, Timothy Tanner, (Attorney at Law), Valdosta, Whitney Groff, (Georgia Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, Andrew Welch, Warren Tillery, (Smith Welch Webb & White), McDonough, Brandon Palmer, (Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC), Peachtree City, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A1538

    Court vacates its earlier opinion and remands with direction to reverse the dismissal of a complaint that had been erroneously dismissed on sovereign immunity grounds

  • Tanks v. Nesmith et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-06-21
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Hodges
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mark Issa, Jose Castro, Carly Mathis, (Issa & Castro, LLC), Atlanta, Bret Moore, (Broughton Law), Atlanta, Peter Jaraysi, (Jaraysi Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: G. Mobley, (Lokey, Mobley and Doyle, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0322

    Court affirms dismissal of plaintiff's personal injury action against a municipality because her ante litem notice failed to state a specific amount of damages

  • Caruthers et al. v. City of Rochelle, Georgia

    Publication Date: 2021-06-15
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Ford, (James Lee Ford, P.C.), Atlanta, Mitchell McGough, (Mitchel E. McGough Law LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sara Brochstein, Dana Maine, Kevin Stone, (Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0038

    Court affirmed jury verdict for City in a negligence and nuisance case where a decedent fell into a hole dug by City employees on private property