• Mayor & Aldermen Of Savannah v. Herrera et al.

    Publication Date: 2019-01-08
    Practice Area: Motor Vehicle Torts
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Benjamin Mason Perkins, Patrick T. O'Connor, David William Bobo Mullens, (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah, Jennifer Neison Herman, (Savannah City Attorney's Office), Savannah, W. Brooks Stillwell, (Brooks Stillwell LLC), Savannah, Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brian Patrick Adams, (Adams Law Firm), Macon, Brent Cason Carter, (Carterfranklin LLP), Metter, Charles Madden Cork, (Law Offices of Charles M. Cork, III), Macon, Jarome Emile Gautreaux, (Gautreaux & Sizemore, LLC), Macon, Richard Lamar Sizemore, (Clark & Smith Law Firm, LLC), Macon, for appellee

    Case Number: S18G0481

    Supreme Court summarily vacates its own writ of certiorari in a negligence and nuisance case against a municipality.

  • Ruth et al. v. Cherokee Funding, LLC et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-11-09
    Practice Area: Banking and Finance Laws
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Darren Summerville, Angela Rene Fox, (The Summerville Firm, LLC), Atlanta, Jeremy Springer McKenzie, Christopher Dorian Britt, (Karsman, McKenzie & Hart), Savannah, Robert Bartley Turner, Kathryn Hughes Pinckney, (Savage Turner & Pinckney PC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Laurie Webb Daniel, Matthew D. Friedlander, (Holland & Knight, LLP), Atlanta, Bradley Mitchell Harmon, Allan Charles Galis, (Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn, P.C.), Savannah, Geoffrey H. Bracken, Scott D. Ellis, (Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP), Houston, for appellee. Ean Kade Cullefer, (Georgia Chamber of Commerce), Atlanta, for amicus appellant. Jeremy Lynn Kidd, (Mercer University School of Law), Macon, Thomas Darrell Weldon, Jr. (Weldon Law Firm), Ringgold, for amicus appellee. Douglas Edward Herman, Thomas Lawrence Evans, (Oliver Maner, LLP), Savannah, for other party.

    Case Number: S17G2021

    Financing arrangement did not come under the purview of the Industrial Loan Act or the Payday Lending Act

  • Barnes v. Cannon et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-10-24
    Practice Area: Insurance Litigation | Motor Vehicle Torts
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Turner, (Savage, Turner, Pinson & Karsman), Savannah, Ashleigh Madison, (Southeast Law, LLC), Savannah, William Degenhart, (Savage Turner Durham Pinckney & Savage), Snellville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Tracy O'Connell, (Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams, Llp), Savannah, Vera Edenfield, (Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Classens), Statesboro, Frederick Valz, Melissa Bailey, (Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Timothy Roberts, (Oliver Maner), Savannah, for Other Party.

    Case Number: A18A1139

    Court Affirms Trial Court's Dismissal of Motion to Intervene in Settled Case

  • The Mayor And Aldermen of The City of Garden City v. Harris et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-10-17
    Practice Area: Premises Liability
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick O'Connor, David Mullens, (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Britt, Jeremy McKenzie, (Karsman, McKenzie & Hart), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A16A0945

    Recreational facility owner is shielded from liability to persons who use the facility for free

  • Drumm, In His Capacity As City Manager For The City Of Brunswick et al. v. George et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-13
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Contractual Disputes | Employment Litigation
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick O'Connor, Patricia Paul (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah; Brian Corry (Williams Litigation Group), Brunswick, for appellant.
    for defendant: Adrienne Browning (Adrienne Browning, Attorney At Law, PC.), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0691

    Police Officers Could Not Sue City For Alleged Failure to Pay Promised Wage Increase In Absence of Valid Written Contract

  • 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.

  • The Mayor and Aldermen of Garden City v. Harris et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-02-23
    Practice Area: Personal Injury | Premises Liability
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick T. O'Connor, David William Bobo Mullens, III, James Philip Gerard (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Dorian Britt (Karsman, McKenzie & Hart), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G0692

    City was entitled to summary judgment in plaintiffs' suit to recover for injuries their daughter suffered at a City-owned and maintained football stadium because the Recreational Property Act provided immunity to City since the injured party was allowed to use City's property for recreational purposes free of charge.

  • Curles et al. v. Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. et al.

    Publication Date: 2017-12-05
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Wrongful Death
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Nathan Williams (The Williams Litigation Group, P.C.), Brunswick; Darren Penn (Penn Law LLC), Atlanta; Timothy Rigsbee, Michael Terry (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patrick O'Connor, Christopher Ray, Irving Drought (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah; Andrew Efaw, Thomas Olsen, Stephen Oertle (Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP), Denver, for appellee. Kristin Hiscutt (Bendin, Sumrall & Ladner, LLC), Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A17A1298

    The trial court erred in dismissing plaintiffs' third amended complaint alleging ordinary and medical negligence against the owners, operators, and employees of a psychiatric treatment facility that treated and released a patient who later killed her grandmother and her aunt's boyfriend.

  • Daily Report Online

    Psychiatric Hospital Facing Suit Again for Releasing Killer

    November 08, 2017

    The decision reverses Glynn County State Court Judge Bart Altman's dismissal of the lawsuit against Psychiatric Solutions, owner of Focus by the Sea.

  • Mayor and city council of the city of Richmond Hill et al. v. MAIA

    Publication Date: 2017-10-16
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals | Toxic Torts
    Industry:
    Court: Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Donald Montgomery (Scheer Montgomery & Call), Savannah; Patrick O'Connor, Benjamin Perkins (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah; Ray Smith (Attorney at Law), Richmond Hill, for appellant.
    for defendant: Billy Jones, Carl Varnedoe (Jones, Osteen & Jones), Hinesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A15A2334

    Defendants were entitled to summary judgment on plaintiff's wrongful death claims arising from her 14-year-old daughter's suicide because plaintiff could not demonstrate proximate cause.