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Proving Constructive Knowledge with Google Maps

By Matt Kahn Proving a land owner’s prior knowledge of a hazard is critical in a premises liability case. Frequently, no concrete evidence establishing prior knowledge exists. Now, in cases involving outdoor hazards, however, it is possible to use Google Maps to present time-stamped images showing the hazard and, in some instances, its condition over time. This article discusses how ...

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Say Cheese: The Nuts and Bolts of Videotaped Depositions

By Will Owens and Davis Popper, Conley Griggs Partin LLP The Law at Twenty Four Frames per Second There are differing schools of thoughts among most trial lawyers regarding videotaped depositions. Some find it necessary to videotape every single deposition that he/she personally takes. The rationale being that every deposition taken is with the clear purpose that it will eventually ...

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Unleashing the Power of Mediation in Professional Liability Cases

BY LEE WALLACE Professional liability cases ought to mediate regularly and successfully. After all, trial is an unsavory option in a malpractice lawsuit, given the high costs of experts, the complex subject matter that is difficult to explain to a jury, and the lengthy trial time. Furthermore, mediation can be very effective at resolving cases. For example, in the medical ...

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Thoughts from Psychiatrist Michael Prudent, M.D.

As professionals, a lot is expected of us. It is assumed that we are tough, can handle almost anything, can persevere more than the “average” person. All those things might be true, but we are also human. It is very common for professionals like physicians, nurses, attorneys, etc. to experience symptoms of depression and possibly suicidal ideation. It might be ...

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Emergency Vehicle Tort Liability Due Regard V. Reckless

BY LEE GUTSCHENRITTER AND GARY THOMPSON In an urban environment, it is almost an everyday occurrence to witness a first responder emergency vehicle (typically with lights and sirens flashing and blaring) speeding through city streets. The more prudent drivers of these emergency vehicles remain aware of their surroundings and slow down as they approach intersections to make sure they are ...

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Privilege Logs: What Are They and What is Required?

BY ROSS MOORE AND JAMES STONE As a general rule in Georgia for both federal and state courts, the scope of discovery is limited to “any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending action,” and relevancy is defined as anything “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.” O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(b). ...

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