• Rosser v. Clyatt et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-11-29
    Practice Area: Public Utilities | Whistleblower Laws
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: W. Langdale, Kathryn Parrish Bennett, (Langdale & Vallotton LLP), Valdostsa, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas Lehman, (Thomas L. Lehman), Cairo, Robert Middleton, (Hall, Booth, Smith P.C.), Cairo, Gabriel Ridley, Albany, The Ridley Law Firm, LLC), Cairo, Kathryn Dunnam, (Hall, Booth, Smith, P.C.), Albany, for appellee. David E. Hudson, Augusta, David Hudson, (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A18A0843

    No slander for opinion statements published about public figures, and no injunction available to preclude dissemination of non-harmful information.

  • Georgia Power Company v. Cazier et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Public Utilities
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Middleton Droze, Robert Pursley Edwards Jr., Lindsey Bowen Mann, Roger S. Reigner Jr. (Troutman Sanders LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Roy E. Barnes, John Frank Salter Jr. (The Barnes Law Group LLC), Marietta; James Glenn Richardson (Talley, Richardson & Cable), Dallas, for appellee. Sarah Hawkins Warren, Andrew Alan Pinson (Department of Law), Atlanta, for amicus appellant.

    Case Number: S17G0706

    Petitioners were not required to exhaust any administrative remedy before proceeding with their action against power company.

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

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government | Public Utilities
    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.