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Interpretation of Georgia’s ER Statute

By: David E. Hudson

In a decision in November 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court has provided for a greater understanding of Georgia’s Emergency Room statute, O.C.G.A § 51-1-29.5.  That statute provides tort immunity arising out of emergency medical care unless the physician or other health care provider is shown by clear and convincing evidence…
Hull Barrett, Ivey Residential, and The Augusta Chronicle are partnering to raise 55,000 pounds of food for Golden Harvest Food Bank and to bring awareness to the food insecurity and hunger statistics. 3 companies, working together, have a real shot at making a difference. From April…

Partnership to Raise Food, Funds, and Awareness

By: Hull Barrett

Hull Barrett, Ivey Residential, and The Augusta Chronicle are teaming up to participate in Legal Food Frenzy. A company that is doing business in the community should also SERVE the community.  Hull Barrett realizes a mere monetary donation from the firm is not enough to make a real dent in…
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So You Are Presented with a Form Contract?

By: David E. Hudson

What About It? When you or your company is presented with a form contract prepared by the other side in a transaction, red flags should go up. This is because the other side in the transaction has had its lawyers draft the form contract in order to maximize the interest…
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Open Records Noncompliance by Board of Regents

By: David E. Hudson

Schick v. Board of Regents, 334 Ga. App. 425 (Nov. 12, 2015) Starting in 2012, the editor of the Georgia Perimeter College student newspaper commenced open records requests for documents concerning a $25 million budget shortfall at the College and personnel layoffs. The request for document by Schick was expansive and…
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Doubling Down on Overtime Exemption

By: Aimee Pickett Sanders

Current Overtime Law The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that covered, nonexempt employees in the United States be paid at least the Federal minimum wage for each hour worked and receive overtime pay at one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked over…
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6 Smart Things To Do Before Year-End

By: Guest Writer

The end of 2015 is only a month and a half away.  Gene McManus of AP Wealth Management, LLC put together a list of 6 must do things to do before year-end for optimal tax planning purposes. 1. Harvest year-end investment losses. Determine positions in taxable investment accounts that have…
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Meet Jim Ouellette

By: Hull Barrett

Jim Ouellette is Hull Barrett’s newest associate. Jim graduated from Notre Dame Law School and served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy for 21 years. After retirement from the JAG Corps as a Navy Commander, Jim joined Hull Barrett. Hull Barrett posted his professional bio here but also wanted…
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Tax Strategies Beyond Year End Giving

By: William H. Tucker

In the first part of this series, we discussed year-end charitable giving and tax strategies that can accomplish both clients’ charitable goals and provide some significant tax benefits.  The focus of that article was immediate gifts given and received that provide current support to charitable organizations. But what if clients…
Hull Barrett attorneys George Hall and Shannon Lanier successfully defended a Class I Railroad in a multi-million dollar property damages lawsuit. George Hall and Shannon Lanier were able to convince the trial court to grant summary judgment on the liability damages claims asserted by a commercial…

Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Dismissal from Train Derailment

By: Hull Barrett

Hull Barrett obtains multi-million dollar lawsuit lawsuit dismissal from train derailment. Hull Barrett attorneys George Hall and Shannon Lanier successfully defended a Class I Railroad in a multi-million dollar property damages lawsuit. George Hall and Shannon Lanier were able to convince the trial court to grant summary judgment on the…
The military-lending law was recently amended to broaden the kinds of loans and loan products that fall under the existing law. Previously, creditors would avoid that cap by offering military consumers products like rolling lines of credit that didn’t fall under the law, allowing them to…

Military Lending Act: Protecting Military Service Members

By: Christopher A. Cosper

The Problem - Lending Practices That Prey on Military Service Members: “Holly Petraeus, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Assistant Director, Office of Servicemember Affairs, issued the following statement: ‘When I drive down the strip outside a military installation and count 20 fast-cash lenders in less than 4 miles, that’s not a…