Law

Two Jurors Jailed for Using the Internet

March 6, 2013

Two Jurors Jailed for Using the Internet A juror who chose to look on the Internet to research her case and the lawyers  ended up in jail for four days right before Christmas. The lead for the plaintiff’s team, Jane Sams said, “She admitted in open court she was trying to determine who to vote…

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Whatever Happened to Company Doe?

November 1, 2012

Today’s blog posting is courtesy of Sean Kane- Safety Research and Strategies, Inc. For now, Company Doe – the first to launch a court challenge against the publication of a complaint in saferproducts.gov, the publicly accessible database mandated under the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, will remain anonymous. A July ruling by a U.S.…

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Dangerous product causes meningitis outbreak: Georgians at risk

October 19, 2012

When Georgia patients receive medication, they generally do not even consider that the medication they receive can be a dangerous product. Instead, many patiently trust implicitly in their doctors to know what is best for them and prescribe what they need. Unfortunately, even a doctor’s best effort to protect their patients can sometimes result in…

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The Georgia Court of Appeals’ Decision on Offer of Settlement Rule Stands (for now)

September 21, 2012

The Georgia Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari requesting review of last year’s Court of Appeals’ controversial interpretation of fee-shifting under the offer of settlement rule created in the 2005 tort reform package. Under the offer of settlement rule, a party can be ordered to pay the other side’s attorney fees if it…

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Defendant Represents Himself in 1995 Murder of Delta Flight Attendant

September 18, 2012

All eyes are on a Cobb County courtroom this morning as Superior Court Judge Mary Staley continues hearing arguments in the murder trial against defendant Waseem Daker. Daker, 35, of Lawrenceville, is representing himself against charges of killing Delta flight attendant Karmen Smith and stabbing her 5-year-old son in 1995. He has pleaded not guilty…

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Governor Signs Open Records Rewrite Into Law

April 28, 2012

A revision of the Georgia’s Open Records Act was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal last week to strengthen the public’s access to records and documents. The bill, known as House Bill 397, is the first major rewrite of Georgia’s sunshine laws in more than 10 years. The revisions increase fines for offenders with a…

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Taxmasters hit with 195$ million judgement

April 20, 2012

TaxMasters Inc., a Texas-based tax advisory firm, has been sentenced to pay $195 million in restitution and civil penalties for defrauding its clients. About $119 million will be used to pay back defrauded consumers.  Their CEO and founder, Patrick Cox, has been ordered to pay $46 million of the verdict handed down by the Texas…

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Father files $10.5 million lawsuit against Fulton county school system for death of his special needs son

March 6, 2012

A local father has filed a $10.5 million lawsuit against the Fulton County School System holding teachers and administrators of Roswell High School responsible for the death of his 18-year-old special needs son. Aaron Hatcher, who suffered from muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, could not talk or walk on his own. He died last March after…

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Two Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers Disbarred for Using Runners

December 13, 2011

The Georgia Supreme Court recently disbarred two Atlanta personal injury attorneys, Steve Freedman and Thomas Sinowski for using “runners” from April 1995 through April 1999. The use of runners (a non-lawyer who is paid by a lawyer to recruit, recommend, or direct people to use the services of that lawyer) is strictly prohibited. Under O.C.G.A.…

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How the Insurance Law Affects You

December 6, 2010

Did you know that the Georgia legislature passed a law that could save you tens of thousands of dollars – and some unnecessary headaches? It’s true. An insurance law allows Georgians to buy uninsured motorist coverage that stacks on top of liability coverage. Here’s how it works: If you are injured in an accident which…

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