• American Civil Liberties Union, LLC v. Zeh

    Publication Date: 2020-07-27
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
    Industry: Legal Services | Non-Profit
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Batson, (Attorney at Law), Augusta, Leslie Eason, Tiffany Taylor, (Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP), Atlanta, Sean Young, (American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia, Inc), Atlanta, Brian Hauss, (American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Of Georgia, Inc), New York, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brent Savage, Robert Tanner, (Savage, Turner, Durham, Pinckney & Savage), Savannah, for appellee. David Hudson, (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta, for other party.

    Case Number: A20A0251

    Anti-SLAPP Statute Motion Properly Denied Where Responding Party Established Probability of Prevailing on Defamation Claim

  • Daily Report Online | News

    Barnes & Thornburg Recruits Lawyer From Kilpatrick—and Other 'On the Move' News

    June 25, 2020

    The firm said the COVID-19 pandemic was "bound to spur more commercial litigation and contractual disputes," making John Moye's litigation practice an asset for clients.

  • Timmons et al. v. Suntrust Bank

    Publication Date: 2019-11-08
    Practice Area: Contracts
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Allen Johnson, (Attorney at Law), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: George Hall, Jordan Bell, (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A1262

    Bank was not entitled to summary judgment because it was not entitled to holder in due course status under a vehicle sales contract

  • Catoosa County, Georgia, et al. v. Rome News Media

    Publication Date: 2019-04-10
    Practice Area: Legislation
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Clifton Patty, (Attorney at Law), Ringgold, Christopher Young, Christopher Harris, (Patty & Young, Attorneys At Law, LLC), Ringgold, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ansel Beacham, (Attorney at Law), Rome, Robert Berry, (Brinson, Askew, Berry, Rich, Seigler, Richardson), Rome, David Hudson, (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1701

    Court Affirms Trial Court Order Granting Permanent Injunction Against Country That Sought to Designate Newspaper Whose Operations Were Headquartered Outside of County as Official Newspaper in Contravention of Statutory Requirements

  • Rosser v. Clyatt et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-11-29
    Practice Area: Public Utilities | Whistleblower Laws
    Industry:
    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.

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

    Publication Date: 2018-11-14
    Practice Area: Public Records
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lucas Andrews, (Huff, Powell & Bailey LLC), Atlanta, Peter Canfield, Rebekah Plowman, Laura Gura, (Jones Day), Atlanta, Samantha Mandell, Daniel Conner, (Kendall Law Group, LLC), Douglasville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thurbert Baker, Bryan Bates, Nathan Garroway, James Evans, (Dentons US LLP), Atlanta, Stephen Bauer, Ian Byrnside, James Rawls, (BakerHostetler LLP), Atlanta, Susan Sommers, (Northside Hospital, Inc.), Atlanta, Charles Huddleston, S. Malone, Jessica Watson, (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP), Atlanta, Jeremy Burnette, Sidney Welch, (Polsinelli, P.C.), Atlanta, Geoffrey Raux, Stephen Quinlan, (Foley & Lardner LLP), Boston, Edward Konieczny, (Edward C. Konieczny LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. David Hudson, (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta, for Americus.

    Case Number: A15A2303

    Court Adopts Judgment of Supreme Court on Challenge to Georgia Open Records Act's Scope and Affirms Entry of Protective Order to Prohibit Responding Party from Investigating Requesting Party's Identity and Motives

  • Georgia Pacific Consumer Products, LP v. Ratner, et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-18
    Practice Area: Environmental Law | Real Estate
    Industry: Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Hudson (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta; Edward Hughes (Callaway, Braun, Riddle & Hughes, PC), Savannah; Quentin Marlin, Ryburn Ratterree, Philip Thompson (Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams LLP), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: John Bell (Bell & Brigham), Augusta; Timothy Roberts, Benjamin Perkins (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1969

    In plaintiffs' suit alleging that a paper mill damaged their property and interfered with the use and enjoyment of their property, the Court reversed the denial of the mill's motion for summary judgment on plaintiffs' claim for nuisance, as the mill was immune from nuisance liability under Georgia's right to farm statute, and found that the mill was entitled to summary judgment on plaintiffs' claims for negligence, trespass, and all derivative claims.

  • WXIA-TV et al. v. State Of Georgia et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-16
    Practice Area: Communications and Media | Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Derek Bauer, Ian Kyle Byrnside, Cody S. Wigington (Baker & Hostetler LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Clifford Paul Bowden (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee. Robert Sparks Highsmith, Jr., Allen Andre Hendrick (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, for amicus appellant. John Robert Mobley, II, Michael Walter Gowen (Tifton Circuit Public Defender's Office), Tifton; Thomas MacIver Clyde, Lesli Nicole Gaither (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP), Lawrence Lee Bennett, Jr. (L. Lee Bennett Jr, P.C.), Atlanta; David E. Hudson (Hull Barrett, PC), Augusta, for other party.

    Case Number: S17A1804

    In a high-profile murder case, the Supreme Court vacated a gag order that restrained certain classes of persons from making extrajudicial, public statements on certain subjects related to the case for so long as it remained pending, holding that the record did not reveal circumstances sufficiently exceptional to warrant such a restraint.

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

    Publication Date: 2017-11-30
    Practice Area: Government | Public Records
    Industry:
    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.

  • Daily Report Online

    Congratulations to Georgia Legal Community for 6th Annual Food Frenzy Success

    May 26, 2017

    Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express appreciation to all participating attorneys, judges and staff members for their contributions to the success of the