Seminar Number

8499

 

Early
Registration Fee:

$155

On-Site
Registration Fee:

$175

 

ABUSIVE LITIGATION

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

State Bar of Georgia Headquarters
104 Marietta St. NW • Atlanta

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour, 1 Professionalism Hour and 4 Trial Practice Hours

Presiding:
Frank J. Beltran, Program Co-Chair, The Beltran Firm, Atlanta
Kim M. Jackson, Program Co-Chair, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP, Atlanta

7:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)

8:25

INTRODUCTION AND OPENING REMARKS
Frank J. Beltran

8:30

OVERVIEW OF STATUTES RELATING TO ABUSIVE LITIGATION
Kim M. Jackson

8:45

CLAIMS FOR ATTORNEY’S FEES AND EXPENSES UNDER OCGA §9-15-14

  • Statutory Framework and Operation of OCGA §9-15-14
  • OCGA §9-15-14 Damages— Only Attorney’s Fees
    and Costs
  • The Harkleroad and Other Cases: A Primer on
    Frivolous Litigation
  • Examination of the Overlap Between OCGA §9-15-14 and OCGA §51-7-80

Christine L. Mast, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP, Atlanta

9:30

RECOVERY OF ATTORNEY’S FEES UNDER OCGA §13-6-11

  • Bad Faith
  • Stubbornly Litigious
  • Unnecessary Trouble & Expense
  • Relationship of OCGA §13-6-11 to OCGA §9-15-14
    and §51-7-80, et seq.
  • Relationship of OCGA §13-6-11 to OCGA §33-4-6 and OCGA §51-12-5, 5.1 and OCGA §51-12-6
  • Introduction of Normally Prohibited Settlement Negotiations via OCGA §13-6-11
  • Ethics Regarding Recovery of Attorney’s Fees

James W. Penland, Attorney at Law, Atlanta

10:15

BREAK

10:30

PROVING ATTORNEY’S FEES AND DEFENDING CLAIMS AND GRIEVANCES

  • Proving Attorney’s Fees Within The Context of
    OCGA §9-15-14 and OCGA §51-7-80 Actions
  • Defending Related Claims and Grievances
    • Attorney Malpractice Claims
    • Attorney Bar Grievances

Brian R. Smith, The Beltran Firm, Atlanta
Frank J. Beltran

11:00

FRIVOLOUS APPEAL PENALTIES UNDER GEORGIA COURT OF APPEALS RULE 15(b)

  • Provisions of Rule 15(b)
  • Elements of a Frivolous Appeal
    • Absence of Supporting Law
    • Failure to Provide Record or Transcript on Appeal
    • Failure to Cite Facts or Legal Authority or
      Make Argument
    • Misrepresentation of Facts or Law
    • Obvious Use of Delaying Tactics
  • Changes Over Time in Application of the Rule
  • When and Why the Rule is Applied

Hon. Sara L. Doyle, Presiding Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia, Atlanta

11:30
Lunch (Included in registration fee)
12:00

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES AND TECHNICAL DEFENSES

  • Overview and Examination of Any Legislation Relating to OCGA §9-15-14 and OCGA §51-7-80, et seq.
  • Technical Defenses:
    • Defenses to Frivolous Litigation Claims Withdrawal, Good Faith, Substantial Justification
    • Proper Notice Issues
    • Statute of Limitations Issues
    • Second Opinion Issues and Defenses

Kim M. Jackson

12:45

FEE SHIFTING UNDER THE RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

  • O.C.G.A. 9-11-68 and Offers of Settlement
  • Fed. R. Civ. P. 68 and Offers of Judgment
  • Other Rules

Hugh C. Wood, Wood & Meredith, LLP, Atlanta

1:30

BREAK

1:45
PERSPECTIVES OF OCGA §9-15-14 AND OCGA §51-7-80, ET SEQ.: ACTIONS FROM THE TRIAL BENCH; THE OCGA §9-15-14 EVIDENTIARY HEARING; LIMITS OF TRIAL COURT JURISDICTION
Hon. Christopher Brasher, Judge, Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta
2:30

ETHICS and professionalism

  • Related Ethics and Professionalism Issues as to Abusive Litigation Claims

Hon. P. Harris Hines, Presiding Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta

3:30
ADJOURN