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April 2011




Supreme Court Expands Retaliation Protection for Wage Complaints

Mary Anne AckoureyBy Mary Anne Ackourey

In Kasten vs. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., the United States Supreme Court has prohibited employer retaliation against employees who make oral complaints of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The FLSA sets employment rules concerning minimum wages, maximum hours, and overtime pay and includes an anti-retaliation provision that protects employees who file complaints related to the Act.

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Georgia Supreme Court Broadens Definition of “Occurrence” in CGL Policies

Phil Savrin

Leanne PrybylskiBy Phil Savrin and Leanne Prybylski

In a decision issued March 7, 2011, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that the term “occurrence” as used in commercial general liability (CGL) policies is satisfied where the loss is unintended even if the insured acted intentionally.

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Boaters Beware: A Reminder of Georgia's Vicarious Liability Statute for Boat Owners

Marc BardackBy Marc Bardack

As Spring arrives and the warm weather signals the start of another boating season, Georgia boat owners should bear in mind the need to be very careful about who they let operate their boats, due to Georgia’s vicarious liability statute for boat owners.

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The Dash to the End of the Session

Bobby Baker

By Bobby Baker

The legislative crossover day (Day 30) has come and gone with some interesting results regarding what bills are still alive and those that aren’t.  With less than 10 days left on the legislative calendar, Sine Die is scheduled for April 14, and there is a lot left to be done. 

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Today, April 1st, is a major milestone for Freeman Mathis & Gary as we celebrate the 14th anniversary of our founding.  We sincerely appreciate all of our clients and business partners who have made our success possible.  Thank you.  We look forward to serving you for many years to come.


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The Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Case: How to Protect Your Company

on April 21, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cobb Galleria Centre


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