• 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

  • City Of Union Point v. Greene County et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government | Public Utilities
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Jackson Welch III, Warren Michael Tillery, Brandon Filson Palmer, (Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC), McDonough; M. Joseph Reitman Jr. (Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC), Madison, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher J. Hamilton, Kenneth Paul Robin, Angela Edwards Davis (Jarrard & Davis LLP), Cumming, for appellee. Barry Abbott Fleming, Frank Adam Nelson (Fleming & Nelson LLP), Evans; Edward Fowler Preston, Timothy Marzine Tanner, George T. Talley (Coleman Talley LLP), Valdosta; Sarah L. Crile, Christopher M. Carr, William Wright Banks Jr., Julie Adams Jacobs (Department of Law), for amicus appellant. Walter Gus Elliott II, James L. Elliott, William Gus Elliott II (Elliott Blackburn & Gooding PC), Valdosta; Rusi Chandrashkhar Patel (Georgia Municipal Association, Inc), Atlanta, for amicus appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1878

    The Court partially affirmed, partially reversed, and partially vacated the trial court's order in a dispute between a County and a City over who should pay for public services under the Service Delivery Strategy Act.

  • Georgiacarry.Org, Inc., et al. v. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-24
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government | Real Estate
    Industry: Real Estate | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Monroe (Attorney at Law), Roswell, for appellant.
    for defendant: Michael Brown (Alston & Bird LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Henry Chalmers, Andrew Stevens (Arnall Golden Gregory), Atlanta; Peter Canfield, Brian Lea (Jones Day), Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A17A1639

    Private Non-Profit Organization Could Prohibit Individuals From Carrying Guns Onto Its Leased Property

  • Johnson v. Dekalb County, Georgia

    Publication Date: 2018-04-10
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Election and Political Law | Government
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Samuel Woodhouse (The Woodhouse Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Carr (Attorney General), Atlanta; Cristina Correia (State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta; Phillp Friduss, Ernest Satterfield (Hall Booth Smith, PC), Atlanta; Robert Ware (Office of the County Attorney), Atlanta; Nathan Gaffney (Fried Rogers Goldberg), Atlanta; Russell Britt (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1607

    County Tax Official Who Successfully Challenged Special Election Was Entitled to Attorney Fees

  • Barrow v. Dunn

    Publication Date: 2018-04-05
    Practice Area: Environmental Law | Government
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Malissa Kaufold-Wiggins, Tyler Bishop (Balch & Bingham LLP), Atlanta; Hugh McNatt, Hugh Peterson (McNatt, Greene & Peterson, PC.) Vidalia; Jonathan Schwartz (Jon L. Schwartz, Attorney at Law, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Isaac Byrd (Deputy Attorney General), Atlanta; Christopher Carr (Attorney General), Atlanta; Suzanne Osborne (Department of Law), Atlanta; John Hennelly (Assistant Attorney General), Atlanta; James Coots (Senior Assistant Attorney General), Atlanta, for appellee. Ray Smith (Attorney at Law), Richmond Hill, for other party.

    Case Number: A17A1385

    Environmental Protection Division Granted Wastewater Treatment Facility Permit Without Conducting Required Antidegradation Analysis