• Bacon v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Government
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Emory Greene, (Greene and Greene, Attorneys at Law, PC.), Americus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Plez Hardin, (District Attorney), Americus, Lewis Lamb, (Southwestern Circuit D.A.'s Office), Americus, Trevor Vanzant, (Office of The District Attorney, Southwestern Judicial Circuit), Americus, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1212

    Police officer has no power or authority of arrest outside of his sworn jurisdiction

  • City of College Park et al v. Martin

    Publication Date: 2018-09-17
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation | Government
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Hunstein
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Winston A. Denmark, Steven Martin Fincher, Emilia Cassandra Walker, (Fincher Denmark LLC), Jonesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Dean Balch, (Balch Law Group), Atlanta, Matthew Carl Billips, (Orr, Brown & Billips, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G2008

    Uncertainty As To Whether Interim City Officials Who Fired Wrongful Termination Plaintiff Had Been Properly Appointed Precluded Summary Judgment

  • Bramblett et al. v. Habersham County

    Publication Date: 2018-07-26
    Practice Area: Government | Regulations
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Henry Simmons (Simmons Law Group), Cornelia; Kerry Morris (Attorney at law), Cleveland, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ralph Taylor, Jordan Posey (Hunt & Taylor Law Group LLC), Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0671

    Dog Owners Not Entitled to Notice and Hearing Prior to Seizure of Animals Under Animal Cruelty Statute

  • Farmer v. Georgia Department Of Corrections

    Publication Date: 2018-07-20
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Government
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph Todd (Joseph M. Todd P.C.), Jonesboro; Samuel Broucek (Attorney at Law), Statesboro, for appellee.
    for defendant: Christopher Carr (Attorney General), Atlanta; Melissa Tracy (Georgia Department of Law), Atlanta; William Scott (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0461

    The trial court properly dismissed plaintiff's negligence action against the Georgia Department of Corrections because it lacked jurisdiction over the case due to plaintiff's failure to strictly comply with the Georgia Tort Claims Act's ante-litem notice requirement.

  • Campaign for Accountability v. Consumer Credit Research Foundation

    Publication Date: 2018-07-12
    Practice Area: Government | Public Records
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Henry R. Chalmers, Megan Poitevint Mitchell (Arnall Golden Gregory LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thurbert E. Baker, Nathan L. Garroway, Mark Adam Silver (Dentons US LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Jennifer Colangelo, Christopher M. Carr, Russell David Willard, Annette M. Cowart (Department of Law), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S17G1676

    The Court of Appeals erred in ruling that all records that are exempted from the Open Records Act's general disclosure requirement under O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72 (a) are prohibited from disclosure to the public.

  • Maxim Cabaret, Inc. d/b/a Maxim Cabaret et al. v. City Of Sandy Springs, Georgia

    Publication Date: 2018-07-03
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Alan I. Begner, Cory Goldsmith Begner, Eric A. Coffelt (Begner & Begner P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Scott Dean Bergthold (Law Office of Scott D. Bergthold PLLC), Chattanooga; Harvey S. Gray (Gray Rust St. Amand Moffett & Brieske LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0496

    The trial court properly granted City's motion for summary judgment in strip club's suit challenging certain City ordinances.

  • Gold et al. v. Dekalb County School District et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-29
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Government
    Industry: Education | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Roy Barnes, John Salter (The Barnes Law Group LLC), Marietta; Jason Carter, Naveen Ramachandrappa, Michael Terry (Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Leslie Bryan, Allegra Lawrence, Lisa Haldar (Lawrence & Bundy LLC), Atlanta; Thomas Bundy (Lawrence & Bundy LLC), Fulton, for appellee. Donald English (Southern States PBA Inc.), Brookhaven; Juliel Oinonen, Atlanta; Julie Oinonen (Williams Oinonen LLC), Atlanta; Matthew Pence (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Atlanta; Gwin Hall (The Georgia Municipal Association Inc), Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A18A0526

    The trial court erred in granting school district's motion for summary judgment in school employees' suit for, inter alia, breaching an agreement to provide two years' advance notice prior to suspending contributions to their Georgia Tax Shelter Annuity Plan accounts.

  • Stopanio et al., v. Leon's Fence and Guardrail, LLC et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-28
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Government | Personal Injury
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sarah Kjellin (Watson Spence LLP), Albany; Colin Delaney, Edward Wasmuth, Leah Sears (Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP), Atlanta; Stuart Cohen (Conroy Simberg), Hollywood, for appellant.
    for defendant: Andrew Horowitz (Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP), Atlanta; Christopher Carr (Attorney General), Atlanta; Sharon Horne (Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins), Atlanta; Lori Nash (Georgia Law Department), Kathleen Pacious (Deputy Attorney General), Atlanta; Loretta Pinkston-Pope (Senior Assistant Attorney General), Atlanta; Kathleen Turnipseed (GA Department of Law), Atlanta; William Horgan, Steven Puritz (Pennington P.A.) Tallahassee, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0587

    The Court vacated the trial court's order dismissing plaintiff's claims against the Georgia Department of Transportation arising out of an automobile collision that killed her parents and resulted in personal injuries to her and remanded the case for the trial court to reconsider whether the pending criminal investigation arising out of the accident tolled the 12-month deadline for plaintiff to provide ante litem notice to State.

  • Tucker v. Atwater et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-25
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: S18C0437

    The Supreme Court denied teacher's petition for certiorari after the Court of Appeals reversed the denial of summary judgment to county school officials in teacher's suit under 42 USC § 1983 alleging that officials violated her First Amendment rights by disciplining her after she posted a particular comment on a social media website.

  • City Of Gainesville v. Waldrip et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-04
    Practice Area: Government | Real Estate
    Industry: Real Estate | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dana Maine (Freeman Mathis & Gary), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Robert Jackson (Robert B. Jackson, IV, LLC), Atlanta; Donald Stack (Stack & Associates, PC.), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1946

    City Had No Duty To Abate Flooding From Storm Water Discharge Onto Private Property Adjacent to Plaintiff's Property