• New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC et al. v. Georgia Department Of Revenue et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-11
    Practice Area: Communications and Media | Tax
    Industry: Technology Media and Telecom
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bryan Anthony Vroon (Law Offices of Bryan A. Vroon LLC), Atlanta; Margaret C. Wilson (Wilson Law Group LLC), Somerville, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Wright Banks Jr., Alex Fredrick Sponseller, Christopher M. Carr, Nancy M. Gallagher (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G1256

    The Supreme Court partially reversed and partially vacated the Court of Appeals' decision affirming the dismissal of a suit AT&T filed against the Georgia Department of Revenue to challenge the denial of a request for a tax refund.

  • WXIA-TV et al. v. State Of Georgia et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-16
    Practice Area: Communications and Media | Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Derek Bauer, Ian Kyle Byrnside, Cody S. Wigington (Baker & Hostetler LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Clifford Paul Bowden (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee. Robert Sparks Highsmith, Jr., Allen Andre Hendrick (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, for amicus appellant. John Robert Mobley, II, Michael Walter Gowen (Tifton Circuit Public Defender's Office), Tifton; Thomas MacIver Clyde, Lesli Nicole Gaither (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP), Lawrence Lee Bennett, Jr. (L. Lee Bennett Jr, P.C.), Atlanta; David E. Hudson (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta, for other party.

    Case Number: S17A1804

    In a high-profile murder case, the Supreme Court vacated a gag order that restrained certain classes of persons from making extrajudicial, public statements on certain subjects related to the case for so long as it remained pending, holding that the record did not reveal circumstances sufficiently exceptional to warrant such a restraint.