Feb 7, 2019

Is a Foreign Country a More Convenient Forum for Litigation?

Ziplining case: foreign forum for litigation?

O.C.G.A. § 9-10-31.1 allows a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed in Georgia, “for the convenience of the parties and witnesses” when that claim “would be more properly heard in a forum outside of” Georgia. Can a Georgia case be dismissed in favor of a forum of a foreign country? In La Fontaine v. Signature Research,… Read more


Nov 5, 2018

Product Warranties in the Amazon Age

Product Warranties: Amazon boxes ready to ship

New products typically come with warranties. Those warranties also can include other provisions that affect the consumer’s legal rights such as disclaimers of warranties and arbitration clauses. These days, products often aren’t purchased at a store. Consumers purchase them with the click of a mouse, and they are delivered to the front door. How do… Read more


Jun 18, 2018

Big Decisions Come as Georgia Supreme Court Nears the End of its Term

Georgia Supreme Court: Georgia Code

The Georgia Supreme Court is reaching the end of its April Term. This means that cases submitted to the Court during the December Term that have not yet been decided will be decided in the next few weeks. On June 18, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a number of significant decisions. Colonial Oil Ind., Inc…. Read more


Jun 5, 2018

Distracted Driving and Snapchat

Distracted Driving: woman on cell phone

In Maynard v. Snapchat, Inc., Case No. A18A0749 (decided June 5, 2018), the Georgia Court of Appeals addressed a tragic situation involving an automobile accident caused by distracted driving and the popular application Snapchat. The Maynards were injured in a traffic accident involving another automobile. According to an affidavit given by a passenger in that… Read more


Mar 26, 2018

The Georgia Supreme Court Looks at Georgia’s New Evidence Code

Evidence Code

Effective January 2013, the Georgia General Assembly enacted a new Evidence Code modeled after the Federal Rules of Evidence. Since then, Georgia courts have wrestled with how to interpret Georgia’s Evidence Code and what to do with the body of earlier case law addressing evidence issues. The Georgia Supreme Court recently confronted this issue in… Read more


Feb 21, 2018

Attempt to Add an Arbitration Clause to a Customer Agreement during Litigation is Ineffective

Arbitration

In Dasher v. RBC Bank (USA), Case No. 15-13871 (decided February 13, 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit considered whether a bank could invoke an arbitration clause to block litigation when the bank had added the arbitration clause to its customer agreement by amendment while the litigation was in progress…. Read more


Feb 5, 2018

The Georgia Supreme Court Will Look at Litigation Funding

Court Ruling

A previous post in this blog reported that the Georgia Court of Appeals decided in Cherokee Funding, LLC v. Ruth, Case No. A17A0132 (decided June 27, 2017), that a litigation funding agreement was not subject to the Georgia Industrial Loan Act or the Payday Lending Act. That decision removed a potential barrier to litigation funding.  It… Read more


Feb 1, 2018

Does a Self-Serving and Uncorroborated Affidavit Have Any Use? “Yes,” Says the Eleventh Circuit.

Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows a court to dispose of a case as a matter of law when no genuine issue of material fact exists. Can an affidavit from a party create a genuine issue of material fact even if it is “self-serving and uncorroborated”? In United States v. Stein,… Read more


Sep 27, 2017

Please Call Back: When is a Voice Mail from a Debt Collector Harassing?

man dialing phone

An individual received a voice mail message from a debt collection company. The message stated the name of the company and that the call was from a debt collector, and asked that individual to call back at a particular number. She filed a lawsuit alleging that the voice mail was a harassing communication that violated… Read more


Sep 25, 2017

Judicial Estoppel Won’t Automatically Preclude a Lawsuit Omitted from Bankruptcy Schedules

Bankruptcy Law & Judicial Estoppel

Courts regularly apply the equitable doctrine of judicial estoppel to justify the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a person that had filed for bankruptcy. The doctrine generally has worked as follows. A party files for bankruptcy. As a part of that process, the debtor must identify his assets. Those assets could include a potential… Read more