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  • Taking Care of Our Seniors
    MORE SENIORS NEED MORE CARE In 2016, a report was issued that showed chronic understaffing in the nation’s nursing home and assisted living facilities. Also in 2016, Congress passed the Cures ...
  • A Growing Concern: The At-Risk Adult
    AT-RISK ADULTS Do you ever worry about the neighbor who looks disheveled and disoriented the few times that he comes out of his home? Do you wonder about the number of caregivers that come and go from ...
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  • E-Scooters and the Three Cs
    Electronic Scooters, or e-scooters, are the new “disruptive transportation technology.” Translation: e-scooters are the new craze in how to get from point A to point B. Their convenience ...
  • A Global Retrospective
    This past weekend, December 8-9th, 2018, was notable for many reasons. In particular, three events occurred in three different countries across the world that at first blush seem to be unconnected. ...
  • Older Drivers: Reducing Risk but not Mobility
    DRIVING AND INDEPENDENCE Americans have long had a love affair with driving; cars and the open road have been powerful symbols of freedom and independence in this country. It should not be a surprise ...
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  • Why Speed is Fatal
    THE ACCIDENT THAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU—OR YOUR CHILD The four boys were on their way to high school golf practice. The driver, a 17-year-old, had a junior driver’s license and should not ...
  • Road Rage Part Ii: Aggressive Driving and Guns Deadly Combination
    TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS In yet another example of a traffic situation escalating out of control and resulting in tragedy, former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was killed late Saturday night ...
  • Road Rage Turns Deadly
    ROAD RAGE TURNS DEADLY Road rage leading to terrible accidents is an all too common headline. Consider these examples: The driver of a Toyota Highlander calls 911 to report that a pick up truck is ...
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  • Hidden Cameras in Airbnbs: Too Much Sharing?
    HIDDEN CAMERAS: SECURITY OR INVASION OF PRIVACY? You’ve arrived at your vacation destination after a long day of travel, and have just settled into your Airbnb. The two bedroom, two bathroom ...
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  • Tragedy at the Fair
    TRAGEDY AT THE FAIR What was supposed to be a day of family, friends and fun at the Ohio State Fair on July 26, 2017, went horribly wrong when the popular Fire Ball ride broke apart mid-air, sending ...
  • Amusement Parks: How Safe Are They?
    "INSANE" On August 7, 2016, 10 year old Caleb Schwab rode the world's tallest water slide in Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. The ride, named "Verruckt" which is ...
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  • Uber Part One: "A Safe Ride Home"
    This is Part One of Two blogs devoted to issues pertaining to ride sharing companies operating in Atlanta. PART ONE: “A SAFE RIDE HOME” This is Uber’s brand message. “A safe ...
  • When Crime Pays
    WHEN PROPERTY OWNERS ARE LIABLE FOR CRIMES We’ve all heard of so-called “slip and fall” cases where a person invited onto a residential or business property encounters a hazardous ...
  • New Rule Opens Access to Courts
    A CHOICE BETWEEN CARE AND THE COURTS A nursing home resident falls and hits her head due to poor lighting in a hallway. The resident slips into a coma from the traumatic brain injury and dies. Her ...
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  • Swimming Pools: The Danger in our Backyards
    SWIMMING POOLS: THE DANGER IN OUR BACKYARDS Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with it the usual warnings about congested highways, peak travel times, and the dangers associated with speeding, ...
  • The Orange Barrels are Back
    THE ORANGE BARRELS ARE BACK Spring means many things: warmer weather, opening day in baseball, grass growing and flowers blooming, and...road construction resuming. Yes, those orange barrels are back, ...
  • Road Rage Turns Deadly
    ROAD RAGE TURNS DEADLY Road rage leading to terrible accidents is an all too common headline. Consider these examples: The driver of a Toyota Highlander calls 911 to report that a pick up truck is ...
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  • A Growing Concern: The At-Risk Adult
    AT-RISK ADULTS Do you ever worry about the neighbor who looks disheveled and disoriented the few times that he comes out of his home? Do you wonder about the number of caregivers that come and go from ...
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  • The Beginning of the Opioid Trials
    THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY There is no white bronco, no ill-fitting pair of gloves, and no dream team. But there are deaths—thousands of deaths—and instead of a bloody knife, the alleged ...
  • The Opioid Crisis: Getting Big Pharma to Pay
    TAKING BIG PHARMA TO COURT On January 3, 2019, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of Gwinnett County against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their false ...
  • Checks and Balances: The New Defense of Democracy
    Below is another installment in our Trends in the Law series. It is Part Two of a blog written about the Supreme Court. Part One was titled “The Highly Partisan High Court” and focused on ...
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  • A Global Retrospective
    This past weekend, December 8-9th, 2018, was notable for many reasons. In particular, three events occurred in three different countries across the world that at first blush seem to be unconnected. ...
  • Older Drivers: Reducing Risk but not Mobility
    DRIVING AND INDEPENDENCE Americans have long had a love affair with driving; cars and the open road have been powerful symbols of freedom and independence in this country. It should not be a surprise ...
  • MADD: It's 21st Century Meaning
    THE DEADLIEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer is upon us. For many people, that means traveling to see family and friends, to a beach, to the mountains, to ...
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  • Auto Insurance: Not Just for Cars
    SURPRISING STATISTICS We hear a lot about the high number of motor vehicle crashes and deaths on our nation’s highways, but much less attention is paid to the other crashes and fatalities ...
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  • Streaming Live Can Kill
    MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MANSLAUGHTER On June 19, 2018, almost two months to the day after the fatal accident of an Uber self-driving car and a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona, police there released a ...
  • When AI Crashes--and Kills
    WHEN AI CRASHES—AND KILLS The inevitable happened: a fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle. On March 18, 2018, in Tempe Arizona, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an Uber vehicle ...
  • Trends in the Law: Specialization in the Law
    This blog is another installment in the series “Trends in the Law” and focuses on the increasing specialization in the legal field. WHERE HAS THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER GONE? It used to be ...
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  • Hurricane Florence: The Real Story
    HURRICANE FLORENCE: THE REAL STORY Florence has rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane and is closing in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds and water that ...
  • The Night the Snow Fell in Georgia
    THE NIGHT THE SNOW FELL IN GEORGIA We are only a few weeks into 2018, and this winter is already one for the record books. The cold snap that started on New Year’s and that keeps re-visiting the ...
  • Weather v. Climate: A Common Misunderstanding
    GEORGIA’S STATE OF EMERGENCY The deep freeze that has enveloped the mid-Atlantic and eastern part of the United States is now threatening to become a dangerous ice and snow event as a huge storm ...
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  • National Bike Month
    NATIONAL BIKE MONTH May is National Bike Month. The dedication to two-wheeled adventure was established in 1956, and for over half a century has been sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. ...
  • Changing the Car Culture: Is this the century of the bicycle?
    TOURIST TRAGEDY Tragedy struck the cycling community once again when Australian tourist Madison Jane Lyden, 23, was killed while biking around New York City late Friday afternoon. Lyden was riding her ...
  • Auto Insurance: Not Just for Cars
    SURPRISING STATISTICS We hear a lot about the high number of motor vehicle crashes and deaths on our nation’s highways, but much less attention is paid to the other crashes and fatalities ...
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  • National Bike Month
    NATIONAL BIKE MONTH May is National Bike Month. The dedication to two-wheeled adventure was established in 1956, and for over half a century has been sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. ...
  • Changing the Car Culture: Is this the century of the bicycle?
    TOURIST TRAGEDY Tragedy struck the cycling community once again when Australian tourist Madison Jane Lyden, 23, was killed while biking around New York City late Friday afternoon. Lyden was riding her ...
  • The Rogue Biking Revolution
    THE NEWEST EXPORTS FROM CHINA China has always been a nation of cyclists. First adopted as a mode of transportation in rural areas where cars were scarce, bicycles soon spread to cities where traffic ...
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  • The Beginning of the Opioid Trials
    THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY There is no white bronco, no ill-fitting pair of gloves, and no dream team. But there are deaths—thousands of deaths—and instead of a bloody knife, the alleged ...
  • The Opioid Crisis: Getting Big Pharma to Pay
    TAKING BIG PHARMA TO COURT On January 3, 2019, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of Gwinnett County against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their false ...
  • The Opioid Crisis: Georgia at the Top
    This blog is part of a continuing series on the opioid crisis in America. The first blog in the series was posted on January 12, 2018, and was titled: “Opioids: a Medical Malpractice ...
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  • Spring Break: Stay on the Beach and off the Roads
    SPRING BREAK...AND BINGE DRINKING...IS HERE AGAIN It is already that time of year, the time when thousands of high school and college students head to warmer locations in the U.S., Mexico, the ...
  • Hazing: Still going on, still claiming lives
    HAZING: STILL GOING ON, STILL CLAIMING LIVES As the one year anniversary of the death of a nineteen year old fraternity pledge at Clemson University approaches, new details are emerging about what ...
  • Parental Liability for Teen Drinking
    Maryland Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler was among a group of parents who went together to rent a beach house for their sons to celebrate their recent high school graduation. ...
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  • The Deadliest Weekend of the Year
    THE PERFECT STORM A long, weekend filled with swimming, travel and fireworks describes the average American July 4th celebration. It also unfortunately describes the deadliest holiday weekend of the ...
  • Keeping It Safe, Keeping It Real
    PROM AND GRADUATION SEASON LINKED TO DUIs Proms and graduations are rites of passage celebrated every spring. They are meant to be and for many people are joyous occasions. But for some, these events ...
  • Underage Drinking and Driving
    UNDERAGE DRINKING CAN HAVE SURPRISING CONSEQUENCES In Georgia, as in many states around the country, alcohol-related offenses for minors can often result in a suspension of driving privileges. This is ...
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  • Surprising Statistics about a Favorite Summer Sport
    SURPRISING STATISTICS ABOUT A FAVORITE SUMMER SPORT Most of us enjoy taking a swim in a pool or lake on a hot summer day. Many of us have grown up as members of a community or neighborhood pool, or ...
  • MISSING FLORIDA TEENS SHOW RISKS OF BOATING IN OPEN SEA
    FLORIDA TEENS MISSING AT SEA On Friday, July 24, 2015, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, bought fuel and then climbed aboard their 19-foot boat in Jupiter, Florida, to go fishing. That was ...
  • Electric Shock Drownings: The Hidden Killer
    In April of this year, three children were swimming in the pool of their condominium complex in Florida when one child suddenly went limp after coming into contact with the railing by the steps in the ...
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  • Why Building Codes Matter
    THE WORST FIRE IN A CENTURY On June 14, 2017, a 24-story public housing apartment building in London known as Grenfell Tower went up in flames. The inferno resulted in a devastating blaze that killed ...
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  • A New Kind of Bullying
    WHEN POLITICIANS ARE BULLIES “I’m going to stomp all over [his] face with golf spikes.” “Any guy that can do a body slam—he’s my guy.” These lines were spoken ...
  • Hazing: Not a Tradition Worth Keeping
    NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW PLEDGES As a new academic year gets underway at colleges and universities across the country, students arrive on campus seeking to find ways to belong and feel welcome in their ...
  • Back to School: Bullies Beware
    BACK TO SCHOOL: BULLIES BEWARE! As parents get their children ready for another school year, school clothes and supplies are not the only items that should be on the preparation list. Teaching your ...
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  • The Opioid Crisis: Getting Big Pharma to Pay
    TAKING BIG PHARMA TO COURT On January 3, 2019, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of Gwinnett County against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their false ...
  • E-Scooters and the Three Cs
    Electronic Scooters, or e-scooters, are the new “disruptive transportation technology.” Translation: e-scooters are the new craze in how to get from point A to point B. Their convenience ...
  • The Predictable--and Preventable--Epidemic
    A CIGARETTE BY ANOTHER NAME… New data shows that vaping increased almost 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 high ...
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  • E-Scooters and the Three Cs
    Electronic Scooters, or e-scooters, are the new “disruptive transportation technology.” Translation: e-scooters are the new craze in how to get from point A to point B. Their convenience ...
  • E-Cigarettes: A Bold New Strategy
    CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER The rising use of e-cigarettes by America’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. A recent report by the Centers for ...
  • Back to School: Bullies Beware
    BACK TO SCHOOL: BULLIES BEWARE! As parents get their children ready for another school year, school clothes and supplies are not the only items that should be on the preparation list. Teaching your ...
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  • Privacy Brought into the 21st Century
    MOVE OVER, CARPOOL KARAOKE In what may be a sinister twist on the popular series with James Corden known as “Carpool Karaoke,” a driver for the ride share services Uber and Lyft recorded ...
  • Streaming Live Can Kill
    MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MANSLAUGHTER On June 19, 2018, almost two months to the day after the fatal accident of an Uber self-driving car and a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona, police there released a ...
  • The Most Dangerous Place During the Holidays
    A NEAR MISS There I was, in the parking lot of a crowded shopping plaza last week. I had my turn signal on, and after waiting for traffic to pass, turned left into the lane to look for a parking spot. ...
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  • Checks and Balances: The New Defense of Democracy
    Below is another installment in our Trends in the Law series. It is Part Two of a blog written about the Supreme Court. Part One was titled “The Highly Partisan High Court” and focused on ...
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  • The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree: Avoid It
    CALIFORNIA BURNING For the second time in as many months, California is experiencing historic wildfires. Fueled by years of drought, the arid conditions on the ground combined with powerful Santa Anna ...
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  • Checks and Balances: The New Defense of Democracy
    Below is another installment in our Trends in the Law series. It is Part Two of a blog written about the Supreme Court. Part One was titled “The Highly Partisan High Court” and focused on ...
  • Trends in the Law: The Highly Partisan High Court
    This blog is an installment in our Trends in the Law series. PARTISANSHIP IN THE JUDICIARY A very important, historic event in the law is occurring this week. President Trump’s second nominee ...
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  • The Uber Strike: What it Means for the Future
    A GLOBAL STRIKE On May 8, 2019, Uber drivers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and South America participated in a work stoppage in order to send a message to Uber executives and potential investors ahead ...
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  • A Global Retrospective
    This past weekend, December 8-9th, 2018, was notable for many reasons. In particular, three events occurred in three different countries across the world that at first blush seem to be unconnected. ...
  • Weather v. Climate: A Common Misunderstanding
    GEORGIA’S STATE OF EMERGENCY The deep freeze that has enveloped the mid-Atlantic and eastern part of the United States is now threatening to become a dangerous ice and snow event as a huge storm ...
  • The Big Heat
    THE BIG HEAT This week marks Atlanta’s peak heat period, when it typically experiences its hottest temperatures of the year according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...
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  • The Ides of March
    THE IDES OF MARCH Snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain: take your pick because more than likely you will experience all or almost all of these weather conditions in the month that is upon us. March is the ...
  • Winter Storm Jonas: The Surprise Killer
    THE BILLION DOLLAR SNOW STORM Winter Storm Jonas descended on the East Coast of the U. S. the weekend of January 22-24, 2016 with a fury that will not soon be forgotten. Snowfall totals ranged from 3 ...
  • Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
    WINTER SPORTS TBI AWARENESS MONTH Winter. Frozen lakes and snowy hills provide the playgrounds used for recreational and competitive sports such as ice skating, skiing, sledding, snowboarding and ...
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  • Hazing: Not a Tradition Worth Keeping
    NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW PLEDGES As a new academic year gets underway at colleges and universities across the country, students arrive on campus seeking to find ways to belong and feel welcome in their ...
  • A New Kind of Threat on College Campuses
    A NEW THREAT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Normally, our blog for this time of year is devoted to warning college students and their parents about the dangers of binge drinking and sexual assault on college ...
  • Spring Break: Stay on the Beach and off the Roads
    SPRING BREAK...AND BINGE DRINKING...IS HERE AGAIN It is already that time of year, the time when thousands of high school and college students head to warmer locations in the U.S., Mexico, the ...
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  • College Admissions: The Law Behind the Scandal
    The following is an installment in our Trends in the Law series. THE PLAYERS We know some of the parents involved: famous actresses; fashion designer husbands; wealthy real estate developers; private ...
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  • A New Kind of Threat on College Campuses
    A NEW THREAT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Normally, our blog for this time of year is devoted to warning college students and their parents about the dangers of binge drinking and sexual assault on college ...
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  • Winter TBI Awareness Month
    WINTER SPORTS TBI AWARENESS MONTH January is Winter Sports TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury, Awareness Month. The most common form of Traumatic Brain Injury is a concussion, and one of the winter sports ...
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  • Football: Rule Changes Can Make a Difference
    FOOTBALL JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT SAFER There is no denying it: football has been getting a lot of bad press in the last decade. No matter what aspect of the game you look it, or what level of play you ...
  • Extreme Sports: The Allure--and Liability--of Danger
    DEATH IN YOSEMITE Two climbers fell to their deaths while climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on June 2, 2018. The pair were known as elite climbers in their sport, and were engaging in a ...
  • The Winter Olympics: Injuries are No Game
    IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS, INJURIES ARE NO GAME The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. The pageantry, spectacle, and sheer thrill of the Games has not disappointed so far, and ...
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  • Trends in the Law: Courts as Lawmakers
    This is a new installment in our Trends in the Law series. THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT NO MORE In a recent interview with Fox News, President Trump made the following statement: “We ...
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  • A New Kind of Bullying
    WHEN POLITICIANS ARE BULLIES “I’m going to stomp all over [his] face with golf spikes.” “Any guy that can do a body slam—he’s my guy.” These lines were spoken ...
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  • Trends in the Law: Courts as Lawmakers
    This is a new installment in our Trends in the Law series. THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT NO MORE In a recent interview with Fox News, President Trump made the following statement: “We ...
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  • The Orange Barrels are Back
    THOSE ORANGE BARRELS ARE BACK We are right in the middle of summer, which means we are right in the middle of orange barrel season. Not only do those barrels signal inconvenience and delays, but they ...
  • The Orange Barrels Are Back
    IT’S SPRING…AND THE ORANGE BARRELS ARE BACK Yes, those wonderful orange and white barrels on the roads have returned, bringing with them the traffic congestion and accidents that too ...
  • The Orange Barrels are Back
    THE ORANGE BARRELS ARE BACK Spring means many things: warmer weather, opening day in baseball, grass growing and flowers blooming, and...road construction resuming. Yes, those orange barrels are back, ...
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  • The Predictable--and Preventable--Epidemic
    A CIGARETTE BY ANOTHER NAME… New data shows that vaping increased almost 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 high ...
  • The Economics of Tragedies
    STATES IN EMERGENCY As of the time of this writing, Hurricane Irma just made landfall in Miami, Florida as a Category 4 Hurricane and is on a path to wreak havoc as it proceeds northwest across the ...
  • Deception and Invasion
    ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS Online shopping has become a part of life. The convenience of shopping via your mobile device paired with in many cases a better selection of goods available online has ...
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  • The Limousine Loophole
    TRAGEDY STRIKES AGAIN On a crisp fall day in Schoharie, New York, 17 people gathered to celebrate the 30th birthday of a friend. The birthday girl and her husband had decided to be safe and rent a ...
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  • Deception and Invasion
    ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS Online shopping has become a part of life. The convenience of shopping via your mobile device paired with in many cases a better selection of goods available online has ...
  • Tis the Season
    ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS It is the season for shopping--and for returning. Online shopping has become as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to the department stores used to be. The ...
  • The Risks of Online Shopping
    ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS It is the season for shopping--and for returning. Online shopping has become as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to the department stores used to be. The ...
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  • 2016: A Look Back
    THE BIGGEST DRIVING STORIES OF 2016 The end of the year is a good time for a retrospective of the best and biggest stories of 2016…that involve driving. Here are three top newsmakers that we ...
  • The Distracted Pedestrian
    A DISTURBING TREND From the 1970s to 2000, pedestrian deaths as a percentage of motor vehicle fatalities declined steadily. But from 2009 to the present, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 15% to ...
  • Back to school and back on the bus: A look at school bus accidents
    SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION-RELATED ACCIDENTS It is that time of year: back to school. While parents are typically glad that their children are back in the classroom, many worry about how to get them to ...
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  • Ramifications of a Scientific Breakthrough
    THE BREAKTHROUGH Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have suffered multiple head injuries. It is commonly associated with athletes who have ...
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  • A New Kind of Bullying
    WHEN POLITICIANS ARE BULLIES “I’m going to stomp all over [his] face with golf spikes.” “Any guy that can do a body slam—he’s my guy.” These lines were spoken ...
  • Back to School: Bullies Beware
    BACK TO SCHOOL: BULLIES BEWARE! As parents get their children ready for another school year, school clothes and supplies are not the only items that should be on the preparation list. Teaching your ...
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  • Deception and Invasion
    ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS Online shopping has become a part of life. The convenience of shopping via your mobile device paired with in many cases a better selection of goods available online has ...
  • Tis the Season
    ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS It is the season for shopping--and for returning. Online shopping has become as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to the department stores used to be. The ...
  • Technology and the Law No. 3: Cybersecurity
    WHISTLEBLOWER OR TRAITOR? With the release of the movie "Snowden," the characterization of the former NSA employee and his actions is once again being hotly debated. Was he a heroic ...
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  • The Internet of Cars
    CARS AS TRANSPORTATION NO LONGER As an estimated 48 million people prepare to travel the nation’s roadways over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, the transformation of cars from mere modes ...
  • Privacy Brought into the 21st Century
    MOVE OVER, CARPOOL KARAOKE In what may be a sinister twist on the popular series with James Corden known as “Carpool Karaoke,” a driver for the ride share services Uber and Lyft recorded ...
  • Technology and the Law Series No. 4: Smart Homes
    THE INTERNET OF THINGS The much-heralded Internet of Things, or IoT, is not quite ready for prime time. The IoT is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and yes, homes, ...
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  • The Internet of Cars
    CARS AS TRANSPORTATION NO LONGER As an estimated 48 million people prepare to travel the nation’s roadways over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, the transformation of cars from mere modes ...
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  • Daylight Saving Time's Deadly Impact
    SPRING FORWARD Here we are again, in Daylight Saving Time. We spring forward, trading an hour of sleep for an extra hour of daylight. While many of us appreciate having the sun set an hour later, most ...
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  • Tragedy in Miami: Who is to blame?
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  • A Fatal 72 Hours
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  • When AI Crashes--and Kills
    WHEN AI CRASHES—AND KILLS The inevitable happened: a fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle. On March 18, 2018, in Tempe Arizona, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an Uber vehicle ...
  • Semi-autonomous Semis
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  • Older Drivers: Reducing Risk but not Mobility
    DRIVING AND INDEPENDENCE Americans have long had a love affair with driving; cars and the open road have been powerful symbols of freedom and independence in this country. It should not be a surprise ...
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  • Trends in the Law: The Highly Partisan High Court
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  • The Art of Negotiation
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  • Trends in the Law Part IV: ADR Part II: Does ADR deny a fundamental right?
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  • A Global Retrospective
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  • The Night the Snow Fell in Georgia
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  • Weather v. Climate: A Common Misunderstanding
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  • Serious Crime and Punishment
    A SERIOUS CRIME GETS SERIOUS PUNISHMENT On September 25, 2017, Anthony Weiner’s six year downward spiral came to an end when Judge Cote of the Southern District of New York sentenced him to 21 ...
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  • The Uber Strike: What it Means for the Future
    A GLOBAL STRIKE On May 8, 2019, Uber drivers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and South America participated in a work stoppage in order to send a message to Uber executives and potential investors ahead ...
  • When Loss of Privacy is Good
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  • Uber Part One: "A Safe Ride Home"
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  • When Loss of Privacy is Good
    Trends in the Law Series LOSS OF PRIVACY CAN BE GOOD In May of this year, Uber announced that assault and harassment cases of riders, drivers and employees will be exempt from the requirement that all ...
  • Serious Crime and Punishment
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  • Sexual Assault on College Campuses: One Year Later
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  • When Crime Pays
    WHEN PROPERTY OWNERS ARE LIABLE FOR CRIMES We’ve all heard of so-called “slip and fall” cases where a person invited onto a residential or business property encounters a hazardous ...
  • The Night the Snow Fell in Georgia
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  • New Rule Opens Access to Courts
    A CHOICE BETWEEN CARE AND THE COURTS A nursing home resident falls and hits her head due to poor lighting in a hallway. The resident slips into a coma from the traumatic brain injury and dies. Her ...
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  • A Global Retrospective
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  • Back to School: Bullies Beware
    BACK TO SCHOOL: BULLIES BEWARE! As parents get their children ready for another school year, school clothes and supplies are not the only items that should be on the preparation list. Teaching your ...
  • Serious Crime and Punishment
    A SERIOUS CRIME GETS SERIOUS PUNISHMENT On September 25, 2017, Anthony Weiner’s six year downward spiral came to an end when Judge Cote of the Southern District of New York sentenced him to 21 ...
  • A New Kind of Threat on College Campuses
    A NEW THREAT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Normally, our blog for this time of year is devoted to warning college students and their parents about the dangers of binge drinking and sexual assault on college ...
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  • Football: Rule Changes Can Make a Difference
    FOOTBALL JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT SAFER There is no denying it: football has been getting a lot of bad press in the last decade. No matter what aspect of the game you look it, or what level of play you ...
  • The Winter Olympics: Injuries are No Game
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  • The Rogue Biking Revolution
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  • Medical Malpractice and the Statute of Limitations
    Most of us here in Georgia come into contact with the medical community to some degree. We may have treatment for an illness or a procedure to remedy a condition, and then move on with our lives. We ...
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  • Stop and Frisk: The Controversy
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  • The Limousine Loophole
    TRAGEDY STRIKES AGAIN On a crisp fall day in Schoharie, New York, 17 people gathered to celebrate the 30th birthday of a friend. The birthday girl and her husband had decided to be safe and rent a ...
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  • Trends in the Law: Courts as Lawmakers
    This is a new installment in our Trends in the Law series. THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT NO MORE In a recent interview with Fox News, President Trump made the following statement: “We ...
  • College Admissions: The Law Behind the Scandal
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  • The Citizenship Question
    A CASE TO WATCH A case to be argued before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in three weeks has both legal scholars and lay people talking. Department of Commerce v. U.S. District Court ...
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  • College Admissions: The Law Behind the Scandal
    The following is an installment in our Trends in the Law series. THE PLAYERS We know some of the parents involved: famous actresses; fashion designer husbands; wealthy real estate developers; private ...
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  • Hidden Cameras in Airbnbs: Too Much Sharing?
    HIDDEN CAMERAS: SECURITY OR INVASION OF PRIVACY? You’ve arrived at your vacation destination after a long day of travel, and have just settled into your Airbnb. The two bedroom, two bathroom ...
  • The Internet of Cars
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  • Hot Summers, Hot Cars
    HOT SUMMERS MEAN EXTRA HOT CARS As of July 3, 2018, 80 million people in the United States were under heat advisories. Temperatures across much of the East Coast have been and are expected to continue ...
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  • Serious Crime and Punishment
    A SERIOUS CRIME GETS SERIOUS PUNISHMENT On September 25, 2017, Anthony Weiner’s six year downward spiral came to an end when Judge Cote of the Southern District of New York sentenced him to 21 ...
  • When Words Kill
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  • The Age of the Exertexter
    THE EXERCISE EXPLOSION It’s January. It’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, and now the sad reality of how much we ate, drank and made merry is upon us. Consequently, many of ...
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  • Streaming Live Can Kill
    MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MANSLAUGHTER On June 19, 2018, almost two months to the day after the fatal accident of an Uber self-driving car and a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona, police there released a ...
  • MADD: It's 21st Century Meaning
    THE DEADLIEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer is upon us. For many people, that means traveling to see family and friends, to a beach, to the mountains, to ...
  • Death by Distraction
    STATISTICS CAN LIE Driver distraction—a term which encompasses all sorts of activities that decrease a driver’s focus on the task at hand—is not only hard to stop, but it is hard to ...
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  • Hidden Cameras in Airbnbs: Too Much Sharing?
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  • The Art of Negotiation
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    Below is an installment in our Trends in the Law series. EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION: THE LAWS Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers with more than 15 employees from ...
  • Trends in the Law: On the Horizon in the High Court
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  • Big Rig Accidents
    A TOP FIVE STATUS NO ONE WANTS With several major interstates crisscrossing its borders, and more than a few commercial trucking companies headquartered in the state, Georgia has a lot of ...
  • Motorcycles and Tractor-Trailer Collisions
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  • Terror In The Northeast Corridor
    At approximately 9:30pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City with 238 passengers and 5 crew members on board derailed in the Port Richmond ...
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  • E-Scooters and the Three Cs
    Electronic Scooters, or e-scooters, are the new “disruptive transportation technology.” Translation: e-scooters are the new craze in how to get from point A to point B. Their convenience ...
  • Football: Rule Changes Can Make a Difference
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  • Ramifications of a Scientific Breakthrough
    THE BREAKTHROUGH Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have suffered multiple head injuries. It is commonly associated with athletes who have ...
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  • Semi-autonomous Semis
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  • Uber Transports Cargo in Addition to People
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  • The Hidden Cost of Holidays
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  • The Citizenship Question
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  • The Uber Strike: What it Means for the Future
    A GLOBAL STRIKE On May 8, 2019, Uber drivers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and South America participated in a work stoppage in order to send a message to Uber executives and potential investors ahead ...
  • Ride Share Driver or Predator: The Sharing Economy's Latest Hurdle
    MURDER IN S. CAROLINA SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON RIDE SHARES Two weeks ago, Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina senior, thought she was getting into the Uber she had called to pick her up. She ...
  • Streaming Live Can Kill
    MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MANSLAUGHTER On June 19, 2018, almost two months to the day after the fatal accident of an Uber self-driving car and a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona, police there released a ...
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    INTERNATIONAL V. DOMESTIC TRAVEL The terror attacks in Britain come right at the beginning of the summer travel season and the height of the tourist season in Europe. The attacks may lead to even more ...
  • DUIs and the Graduation Season
    GRADUATION SEASON: THE SOBERING STATISTICS It’s the time of year where seniors and their families celebrate the end of one chapter in their lives and the beginning of another. With all the pomp ...
  • Keeping It Safe, Keeping It Real
    PROM AND GRADUATION SEASON LINKED TO DUIs Proms and graduations are rites of passage celebrated every spring. They are meant to be and for many people are joyous occasions. But for some, these events ...
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  • Green Lawns Go Green: A Move Towards Green Pesticides
    The Esmond family went on what seemed like an idyllic trip: a vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands, staying in a luxury villa on the beach. But soon after arriving at their villa, the whole family ...
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  • E-Cigarettes: A Bold New Strategy
    CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER The rising use of e-cigarettes by America’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. A recent report by the Centers for ...
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  • The Big Heat
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  • The Winter Olympics: Injuries are No Game
    IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS, INJURIES ARE NO GAME The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. The pageantry, spectacle, and sheer thrill of the Games has not disappointed so far, and ...
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  • A Global Retrospective
    This past weekend, December 8-9th, 2018, was notable for many reasons. In particular, three events occurred in three different countries across the world that at first blush seem to be unconnected. ...
  • Weather v. Climate: A Common Misunderstanding
    GEORGIA’S STATE OF EMERGENCY The deep freeze that has enveloped the mid-Atlantic and eastern part of the United States is now threatening to become a dangerous ice and snow event as a huge storm ...
  • March Madness of a Different Kind
    MARCH MADNESS OF A DIFFERENT KIND March Madness has definitely hit—in the form of bizarre weather—with temperatures swinging from the 70s to the 30s, and precipitation coming in the form ...
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  • Sexual Harassment or Political Correctness Out of Control?
    When is a hug a hug or something more? To Sam McNair, a 17 year old senior at Duluth High School in Georgia, his act of hugging a teacher was simply that: a hug. But to the teacher and the school ...
  • Work Place Harassment
    Have you ever felt uncomfortable at work due to crude jokes based on race? Have you or others been the subject of unwelcome physical advances and/or sexually offensive behavior? Is your work ...
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  • When Summer Fun Turns Deadly
    TRAGEDY STRIKES FAMILY OF OLYMPIC LEGEND A story all too common and all too tragic unfolded the weekend of June 9-10th, but because it involved U.S. Olympic great Bode Miller, it became national news. ...
  • DUIs and the Graduation Season
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  • The Effect of Climate Change on Traffic Accidents
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