• Roberts v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brandon Lewis (Attorney at Law), Norcross, for appellant.
    for defendant: Anna Cross (County District Attorney's Office), Decatur; Sherry Boston (DeKalb County District Attorney), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1608

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for violating the Georgia RICO Act, identity fraud, financial-transaction-card fraud and exploitation of an elder person arising out of a scheme in which she called senior citizens, claimed that she was a representative of a power company, and informed them that their utility bill had not been paid and that their power would be cut off if they did not provide her with credit card, bank account or other personal and financial information, which she then used to obtain cash or buy things.

  • Automotive Credit Corp. v. White

    Publication Date: 2018-02-13
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Trace Dillon (Dillon Law Firm P.C.), Snellville; Dwayne Kinney, Snellville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Dominique White, Kennesaw, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1559

    The trial court erred in denying plaintiff's petition to domesticate and enforce a foreign judgment; although the trial court correctly found that, under O.C.G.A. § 9-12-60, the judgment became dormant seven years after it was entered, the trial court overlooked the fact that plaintiff had an additional three years after the judgment became dormant to revive it under O.C.G.A. § 9-12-61.

  • Williams v. Johnson

    Publication Date: 2018-02-13
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Premises Liability
    Industry: Construction
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lloyd Hedrick (Hedrick Law LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Derric Crowther (Crowther Law Firm, PC), Atlanta; Deirdre Stephens (Attorney at Law), Pine Lake, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1652

    Defendant was entitled to summary judgment in plaintiff's premises liability suit because plaintiff had at least equal, if not superior, knowledge as defendant did of the hazard that caused his injury and the evidence was "plain, palpable and undisputable."

  • Stanley v. Government Employees Insurance Company

    Publication Date: 2018-02-13
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Clyde Rickard (Rickard & Nix), Atlanta; Jessica Nix (The Law Office of Rickard & Nix), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Frederick Valz, T. Bell (Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Alissa Young, Long Eddy, for other party.

    Case Number: A17A1813

    Insurer was entitled to summary judgment in plaintiff's action seeking uninsured motorist coverage from his fiancs parents automobile insurance carrier.

  • In The Interest Of J. F., a child.

    Publication Date: 2018-02-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: G. Stepp (G. Richard Stepp, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel Porter (District Attorney Gwinnett Justice & Administrative Center), Lawrenceville; Nhan-Ai Simms, Pareesa Amjadi (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A16A0395

    The trial court properly denied juvenile defendant's motion to dismiss the case against him with prejudice because when State fails to file a delinquency petition within the required 30 days or to seek and receive an extension of that deadline, the case must be dismissed without prejudice.

  • Hayes v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-05
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Marion Hayes (GA State Prison), Reidsville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joshua Morrison (Fulton County DA's Office), Atlanta; Paul Howard (District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A16A0588

    The Court of Appeals affirmed defendant's convictions and sentences on his Alford plea to burglary and other offenses as the trial court did not participate in plea negotiations in violation of Uniform Superior Court Rule 33.5 (A) and its colloquy with defendant, in which it advised him of the maximum sentence that he could face upon conviction, was permissible.

  • Sharpe et al. v. Great Midwest Insurance Company et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-01-05
    Practice Area: Insurance Law | Insurance Litigation
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kathryn Pinckney, Brent Savage (Savage Turner & Pinckney PC), Savannah; Lloyd Murray (Lloyd D. Murray, Sr., Attorney at Law), Richmond Hill, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas Bass (Brennan, Harris & Rominger), Savannah; Lee Gillis (James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP), Macon, for appellee. Joshua Canton (Attorney at Law), Tallahassee, for other party.

    Case Number: A17A1421

    The trial court properly granted insurers' motions for summary judgment in plaintiffs' suit seeking uninsured motorist coverage because plaintiffs failed to timely notify insurers of the underlying car accident as required by provisions in the insurance policies.

  • May v. Morgan County

    Publication Date: 2017-11-15
    Practice Area: Land Use and Planning
    Industry:
    Court: Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: C. DuBose, Matthew Frick (DuBose Law Group LLC), Madison, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christian Henry (Christian G. Henry LLC), Madison, for appellee.

    Case Number: A16A1981

    The Court vacated the trial court's judgment finding defendant in violation of a zoning ordinance by offering her lake home for short-term rentals because the trial court failed to address defendant's alternative argument that a prior zoning ordinance was unconstitutionally vague.

  • Six Flags Over Georgia II, LP et al. v. Martin; and vice versa

    Publication Date: 2017-11-01
    Practice Area: Business Torts | Damages
    Industry:
    Court: Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laurie Daniel (Holland & Knight), Atlanta; Vernon Strickland (Wargo & French LLP), Atlanta; Charles McDaniel (Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP), Atlanta; Wayne McGrew (Weathington McGrew), Atlanta; Leland Kynes (Kynes Law, LLC), Atlanta; Mellori Lumpkin, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Andrew Rogers, Gilbert Deitch (Deitch & Rogers, LLC), Atlanta; Timothy Peagler (Law Offices of Michael Lawson Neff, P.C.), Atlanta; Naveen Ramachandrappa, Michael Terry (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore LLP), Atlanta; Michael Neff (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A15A0828

    Amusement park was liable to plaintiff for injuries he sustained after gang members viciously attacked him at a bus stop outside the park, even though plaintiff suffered his injuries beyond park's premises and approaches, but the Court of Appeals erred in ruling that the case had to be retried in its entirety due to an apportionment error, because liability and the calculation of damages sustained were distinct from the apportionment of fault and the apportionment error required retrial only for the apportionment of damages.

  • Monumedia II, LLC v. Georgia Department of Transportation

    Publication Date: 2017-10-20
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Real Estate
    Industry:
    Court: Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kevin Meeks, Charles Palmer (Troutman Sanders LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Carr (Attorney General), Atlanta; Ronald Freeman (Johnson & Freeman, LLC), Union City; Mary Volkert (Assistant Attorney General), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A0647

    The trial court erred in affirming administrative rulings holding that a business's light-emitting diode signs inside the windows of its building violated City of Atlanta ordinances and the Georgia Outdoor Advertising Control Act.