• Campaign for Accountability v. Consumer Credit Research Foundation

    Publication Date: 2018-07-12
    Practice Area: Government | Public Records
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    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.

  • Smith v. Northside Hospital, Inc. et al.

    Publication Date: 2017-11-30
    Practice Area: Government | Public Records
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Peter Crane Canfield, Brian Charles Lea (Jones Day), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thurbert E. Baker, Bryan Eugene Bates, James Randolph Evans, Nathan L. Garroway (Dentons US LLP), Atlanta; Stephen Derek Bauer, Ian Kyle Byrnside, James C. Rawls (Baker Hostetler LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. David E. Hudson, James Brian Ellington (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta; Steven Elliot Scheer (Scheer Montgomery & Call), Savannah; Sarah Renee Craig (Akerman LLP), Tampa, for amicus appellant. Lee Barrett Carter, Norman S. Fletcher (Brinson Askew Berry Seigler Richardson & Davis, LLP), Rome; Jonathan C. Peters (Peters & Monyak, LLP), Atlanta; Steven P. Gilliam, Roger Brent Hatcher, Jr. (Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A.), Gainesville; Kelly Jean Long Pridgen (Association County Commissioners of Georgia), Atlanta; G. Joseph Scheuer (Assistant General Counsel), Atlanta, for amicus appellee. Annette M. Cowart, Sarah Hawkins Warren, Russell David Willard, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta, for neutral amicus. Charles T. Huddleston, S. Wade Malone, Jessica Rutledge Watson (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP), Atlanta; Jeremy Patrick Burnette, Sidney Summers Welch (Polsinelli, P.C.), Atlanta; Edward Charles Konieczny (Edward C. Konieczny LLC), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S16G1463

    The trial court and Court of Appeals applied the wrong legal standard in dismissing attorney's action to compel hospital to provide him with access to certain documents in response to his request under the Georgia Open Records Act.