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The Intersection Between Arbitration Agreements and Statutory Rights

By Scott L. Bonder and Joseph A. White In recent years, courts throughout the country (including, notably, the United States Supreme Court) have issued decisions tending to strengthen the rights of defendants to compel arbitration of all types of disputes.  What happens, however, when a contractual arbitration provision collides with a plaintiff’s statutory right to […]
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Georgia Supreme Court Clarifies, Finally, Res Judicata

By Scott Bonder, Fried & Bonder, LLC. Res judicata is a legal doctrine that holds that a matter decided on its merits by a court of competent jurisdiction may not be relitigated between the same parties.  In Georgia, until recently, two lines of cases established slightly different standards for determining whether the doctrine of res […]
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HANDS-FREE GEORGIA ISN’T THE ONLY NEW LAW TO HIT THE BOOKS

By David S. Fried, Fried & Bonder, LLC. New laws effective July 1, 2018 may impact your decision to purchase a new car, change your neighborhood firefighters’ benefits, help out concert promotors in Georgia, and allow your dental hygienist to provide basic dental care without a dentist present.  So read on… Buying or Leasing a […]
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Recovering for Injuries Caused by the Government

We’ve all been driving or riding on the streets of Atlanta, when all of a sudden—BADONK!—you drive through an enormous pothole. Maybe you got a flat tire, or your alignment was knocked out of place. Maybe you got lucky and escaped without any property damage at all. While driving into an unseen pothole is never […]
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Hands Free Georgia Act – Tackling Distracted Drivers

By David S. Fried, Fried & Bonder, LLC. In 2016 Fried & Bonder wrote about AT&T’s program “It Can Wait,” aimed at ending texting and driving.  Cell phones and texting affect the brain in ways similar to gambling or drugs. According to now generally accepted wisdom, we compulsively check our phones because every time we […]
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What To Do Following a Car Wreck

Whether moderate or severe, being involved in a car wreck is a scary experience. Often times following impact, the parties involved in a wreck are panicked and somewhat disoriented. However, if you are able to follow these instructions without further injuring yourself, you can greatly benefit yourself and your potential case: Documentation: if you are […]
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Fried and Bonder Wins!

Fried & Bonder defeated a text spammer’s first attempt at dismissing a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action. Even if you consent to receiving texts the sender MUST give you a method to opt-out.
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8th Circuit: Obesity Not an ADA-Protected Disability

In previous posts, we’ve contemplated whether obesity might qualify as an ADA-covered disability under the more relaxed standards ushered in by the 2009 amendments to the Act.  Courts are answering that question mostly in the negative.  In Morriss v. BNSF Railway Co. (April 5, 2016), the Eight Circuit joined the Second and Sixth Circuits in […]
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