• Barnes et al. v. Bearden et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-18
    Practice Area: Education Law | Government
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Craig Goodmark, (GLF), Decatur, Gerald Weber, (Law Offiecs of Gerry Weber, LLC), Atlanta, Philip Hostak, (National Education Association), Washington, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brian Smith, Phillip Hartley, (Attorney at Law), Gainesville, Ross Bergethon, Josiah Heidt, Christopher Carr, Annette Cowart, Russell Willard, Susan Haynes, Andrew Pinson, (Georgia Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1041

    Court rules that a former teacher's request for an injunction and reinstatement were not barred by official immunity and that her complaint did not fail to state a claim

  • Starship Enterprises of Atlanta, Inc. v. Nash et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-16
    Practice Area: Civil Rights | Government | Land Use and Planning
    Industry: Entertainment and Leisure | Retail | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Alan Begner, Eric Coffelt, (Begner & Begner, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Richard Carothers, (Attorney at Law), Buford, Bryan Dykes, (Attorney at Law), Chattanooga, Amy Cowan, (Atkinson Ferguson, LLC), Monroe, Scott Bergthold, (Law Office of Scott D. Bergthold), Chattanooga, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1961

    Legislative Immunity Barred Claims Against Individual County Officials For Acts Performed in Their Official Capacities

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

    Publication Date: 2020-10-30
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Government
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Walter Gus Elliott, II, James L. Elliott, (Elliott, Blackburn & Gooding, P.C.), Valdosta, for appellant.
    for defendant: George T. Talley, Timothy Marzine Tanner, (Coleman Talley, LLP), Valdosta, Andrew (Andy) J. Welch, III, Warren Michael Tillery, Brandon Filson Palmer, (Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC), McDonough, Christopher M. Carr, Julie Adams Jacobs, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Logan B. Winkles, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20G0472

    Sovereign Immunity Does Not Bar County's Claims for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief Against State Officials in Their Individual Capacities

  • Franzen et al. v. Downtown Development Authority of Atlanta et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-08-03
    Practice Area: Government | Land Use and Planning | Project Finance
    Industry: Construction | Real Estate | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Carranza M. Pryor, (The Pryor Law Firm), Atlanta, John Floyd Woodham, (Woodham Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Matthew James Calvert, Laura T. Wagner, (Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP), Atlanta, Robert Sparks Highsmith, Douglass Payton Selby, (Hunton & Williams, LLP), Atlanta, Alvin LaMont Kendall, (The Kendall Law Firm), Atlanta, Keith M. Wiener, (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Christopher M. Carr, Ross Warren Bergethon, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20A0328

    City of Atlanta Had Statutory and Constitutional Authority to Finance Redevelopment Project Through Infrastructure Fees

  • Jackson et al. v. Raffensperger

    Publication Date: 2020-06-19
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government | Health Care Law
    Industry: Health Care | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Yasha Heidari, (Heidari Power Law Group, LLC), Atlanta, Renee D. Flaherty, (Institute for Justice), Arlington, Jaimie Cavanaugh, (Institute for Justice), Minneapolis, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ross Warren Bergethon, Kirsten Searle Daughdril, Melissa Angeleah Tracy, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee. Glenn A. Delk, (Lightmas & Delk), Atlanta, Timothy Sandefur, (Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation), Phoenix, Maxwell Kent Thelen, (The Summerville Firm, LLC), Atlanta, Eugene R. Curry, (Law Office of Eugene R. Curry), Barnstable, Madison Hunter Kitchens, John Franklin Sacha, Jr., (King & Spalding LLP), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S20A0039

    Georgians Have Constitutional Right to Pursue Lawful Occupations of Their Own Choosing Without Unreasonable Governmental Interference

  • City of Norcross v. Gwinnett County, Georgia

    Publication Date: 2020-06-18
    Practice Area: Government | Public Utilities
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Whalen, (The Whalen Law Firm, LLP), Griffin, for appellant.
    for defendant: Michael Ludwiczak, Tuwanda Williams, Murray Weed, (Gwinnett County Department of Law), Lawrenceville, for appellee. Melissa Perignat, Derek Krebs, (Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A20A1033

    County, as Owner of Easements, Retained Responsibility for Repair and Maintenance of Drainage System on Those Easements Following Annexation by the City

  • Barrow v. Raffensperger

    Publication Date: 2020-06-15
    Practice Area: Court Administration | Government
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wade H. Tomlinson, III, Charles W. Byrd, George "Buddy" Darden, Michael Jonathan Moore, Michael P Morrill, Elizabeth Studdard White, (Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood), Atlanta, S. Lester Tate, III, (Akin & Tate, PC), Cartersville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Elizabeth T. Young, Russell David Willard, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, Bryan Keith Webb, Elizabeth Ann Penland, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee. Joyce Gist Lewis, Adam Martin Sparks, (Krevolin Horst, LLC), Atlanta, Monica Joy Hanrahan, (Hanrahan Freitag Family Law, LLC), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S20A1029

    Secretary of State Could Not be Compelled to Hold Election in May For Position of Supreme Court Justice Whose Prospective Resignation In November Was Irrevocable

  • City of Pendergrass v. Rintoul et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-05-07
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation | Government | Whistleblower Laws
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Caldwell, Earnest Delong, (Delong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, Benjamin, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Nancy Val Preda, (Attorney at Law), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2071

    Whistleblower Complainants Presented Triable Issues of Fact as to Whether They Were Public Employees

  • City of Lafayette v. Chandler

    Publication Date: 2020-04-16
    Practice Area: Government | Personal Injury
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ryan Ray, Ronald Womack, (Womack, Gottlieb & Rodham, P.C.), Lafayette, for appellant.
    for defendant: Samuel Sanders, Nathan Lock, (McCamy Phillips Tuggle & Fordham, LLP), Dalton, for appellee. Theodore Salter, (Theodore Salter, Jr. & Associates, P.C.), Kennesaw, Jason Darneille, (Gower Wooten & Darneille, LLC), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A19A2232

    Notice of Intent to Recover "$1,000,000.00" From City For Personal Injury Damages Satisfied Statutory Specificity Requirement

  • Lynn v. Lowndes County Health Services, LLC

    Publication Date: 2020-04-15
    Practice Area: Dispute Resolution | Government | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christopher Connor, (Connor & Connor LLC), Augusta, Kenneth Connor, Anne Moore, (Connor & Connor LLC), Aiken, Scott Gwartney, (Brooks Leboeuf Foster Gwartney Leace & Hobbs), Tallahassee, for appellant.
    for defendant: Alphonso Howell, Gregory Talley, (Coleman Talley LLP), Valdosta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2057

    Parent Lacked Authority to Enter Into Arbitration Agreement on Behalf of Her Disabled Son