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Following up on “A Primer on Georgia’s Anti-Bullying Law”

A Washington State Superior Court judge recently ordered one of its school districts to pay $300,000 in damages for failing to protect a disabled child from bullying and sexual harassment. The judge ruled the school district was negligent in protecting the then 14-year-old student from bullying by fellow students. The student’s parents filed the lawsuit […]
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In Focus: A Primer on Georgia’s Anti-Bullying Law

Bullying lawsuits are increasingly in the headlines. For example: In October 2013, the parents of a 9-year-old sued the Santa Barbara Unified School District over its alleged failure to prevent bullying. In September 2013, a woman and her teenage son settled a lawsuit filed against Nebraska’s Malcolm School District alleging the District failed to protect […]
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Parents May Be Held Liable for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors, But Who Ultimately Pays the Bill?

By David S. Fried Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Sauls and seventeen-year-old Jason Lark went to a party at their friend Justin McAllister’s house. While there, they consumed alcohol that Justin’s father provided. Sauls then left in Lark’s car.   Lark collided with a disabled truck and Cheyenne sustained fatal injuries.   Saul’s parents sued the McAllisters, among others, alleging […]
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NHTSA Requiring Rear Visibility Technology by 2018

By David S. Fried The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently finalized a new rule that will require rearview cameras on all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by 2018.   The measure is aimed at improving safety by curtailing “backover” accidents and expanding drivers’ field of view. The measure applies to buses and trucks, as well […]
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No Big Surprise: Micro Cars Don’t Stack Up in Crash Worthiness

By David S. Fried The micro car has its appeal: fuel efficient, compact, even stylish.   But it should come as no surprise that these compact, light-weight vehicles simply don’t make the grade when it comes to crash worthiness.   In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that of the 11 model-year 2013 and 2014 […]
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Texting Isn’t the Only Distraction Increasing the Frequency of Teen Accidents

by David S. Fried Teen drivers account for only 6.4 percent of all motorists on the road. They are, however, responsible for 11.4 percent of fatalities and 14 percent of all car wrecks with a reported injury.   New findings from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Institutes of Child and Human Development suggest […]
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Good for Goose, Good for Gander: Georgia’s Anti-Litem Statute Revisited

By David S. Fried We’ve written before about Georgia’s ante litem notice requirement. Under the Georgia Tort Claims Act (GTCA), an injury victim cannot sue the State, a county, or a municipality without first giving it notice of his or her claim. The notice must include certain specific information about the claim. The Georgia Supreme […]
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Georgia Courts: Arbitration Agreements Cover Post-Employment Conduct

In late September, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued two important decisions which will help employers enforce arbitration agreements against their former employees. In both Davidson v. A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. and Wedemeyer v. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the appellate court compelled arbitration of tort claims that arose post-termination, broadly interpreting contractual provisions that called […]
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Facebook Semi-Private Setting not Private, Georgia Court Holds

A high school student who posted a photo of herself in a bikini and shared it with her “friends and friends of friends” had no legitimate expectation of the photo remaining private, a Georgia federal court held in Chaney v. Fayette County Public School District, 2013 WL 5486829, at *4 (September 30, 2013 N.D. Ga.). […]
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