Monthly Archives: June 2014

9 Tips to Prevent Child Heat Stroke

Recent news stories of tragedies when young children were left in hot cars have generated passionate debate in metro Atlanta and across the country.
Certainly any parent who intentionally leaves a child in a hot car to suffer and die should be prosecuted and harshly punished. As a former prosecutor, I find myself wondering whether, if … Continue Reading

Olympic Swimming Champ Paralyzed After Suffering Spinal Cord Injury in ATV Accident

Former Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is recovering following surgery to stabilize her spine after her spinal cord was severed at the T-11 vertebra during an all-terrain vehicle accident in Scottsdale, Arizona last week.
The latest report is that she is out of ICU and looking forward to rehab in Denver. Demonstrating a resilient spirit … Continue Reading

“Move or get hit” reported on Wal-Mart truck driver’s Twitter profile after fatal crash

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that the Twitter profile of Kevin Roper, the Wal-Mart truck driver who had been awake 24 straight hours before a fatal crash in New Jersey, had included the phrase, “move or get hit.”
This illustrates what my friend Andy Young in Ohio pointed out to me last year about the practical … Continue Reading

Georgia Supreme Court holds that plaintiffs’ attorney fees under O.C.G.A. § 9-11-68 can’t be based solely on contingent fee agreement

The Georgia Supreme Court on June 16, 2014,  in the case of Department of Corrections v. Couch, held that attorney fees awards for plaintiffs under the Officer of Judgment / Offer of Settlement statute (O.C.G.A. § 9-11-68) cannot be based solely upon the plaintiff’s contingent fee agreement. Just what would be sufficient remains somewhat unclear.
The … Continue Reading

The Supreme Court of Georgia quoted Ken Shigley in a unanimous decision released this week.

In the case of Hartley v. Agnes Scott College, the Supreme Court addressed the question “whether a campus police officer employed by a private college qualifies as a “state officer or employee” who may assert immunity from tort suits under the Georgia Tort Claims Act.” Last year, a plurality decision of the Court of Appeals … Continue Reading

GM Recalls 3.16 Million Vehicles, Including Every Camaro Built Since 2010

On Monday, General Motors recalled another 3.16 million vehicles built between 2000 and 2014. This was because those vehicles have ignition switches that “may inadvertently move out of the ‘run’ position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event.”
That comes on top of last weeks’ defective products recall in which every … Continue Reading

Georgia Wal-Mart truck driver awake 24 hours, kills comedian in NJ

A Georgia tractor trailer driver for Wal-Mart who had been continuously awake for 24 years caused a deadly pile-up early Saturday morning in New Jersey.  Although details are still emerging about the crash, we do know a Georgia truck driver is charged in the New Jersey crash that killed comic James McNair, 62, of Peekskill, … Continue Reading

Remember Pool Safety This Summer

It was a Friday evening in Gainesville Georgia. Three-year-old twins John and Koraleigh were in their grandparents’ front yard with teenage brothers and their girlfriends. The teens had brought a television from inside and were planning a “movie under the stars.” Mom was at her home next door but assumed the children were being watched … Continue Reading

Memorial Day BUI Arrests Decrease This Year

There is good news at the beginning of Georgia’s summer boating season.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources reported Wednesday that there were ten less Boating Under the Influence (BUI) arrests this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year.
In 2013, the legislature passed and Governor Nathan Deal signed into law legislation lower the blood-alcohol content … Continue Reading