News & Resources
On May 12, 2017, after five days of trial, Fred Gleaton and Laura Strong obtained a defense verdict in the Superior Court of Fulton County for their client, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Atlanta, who was sued along with a hospital co-defendant.
On March 15, 2017, David Hayes presented "Damages from the Defense Perspective: How to Keep Damages Low" at the Proving Damages CLE, sponsored by ICLE: State Bar Series.
The success of companies all over the United States largely depends upon information unknown to the public—the companies’ trade secrets. The analysis of whether a company’s information is considered a trade secret turns on whether the company has taken “reasonable measures” to keep the information secret, and whether the information seeking trade secret protection derives independent economic value. Accordingly, information known to the public is not considered a protected trade secret. And should protected information be disclosed to the public, the information is no longer secret, thereby eviscerating any previous trade secret protection.
The federal jury verdict of $8.1 million, obtained earlier this year by Mike Egan and Derrick Bingham, was recently sustained. Motions for new trial or judgment notwithstanding the verdict were denied by Judge Pannell, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, in favor of OGEJS's client, a medical school professor and inventor from California. The case involved intellectual property rights on medical devices developed by the professor.
Fred Gleaton and Melissa Reading obtained a defense verdict on September 2, following a two week trial in the State Court of Cobb County. The OG client, a local anesthesiologist sued along with a Paulding County surgeon, was exonerated after over two days of jury deliberation. Plaintiff was represented by former Governor Roy Barnes. The trial was complicated by the recusal of Judge Maria Golick in mid-trial, in favor of Judge Carl Bowers.
Although we are located in Atlanta, a number of Owen Gleaton attorneys are licensed and do handle matters in other states. Specifically, Derrick Bingham is admitted in Tennessee, Kathleen Simcoe is admitted in Florida, David Hayes is admitted in Alabama, Rolfe Martin is admitted in South Carolina, Joseph Colette is admitted in New York, and Philippa Ellis is admitted in Illinois and Oklahoma.
OGEJS attorney Laura Strong was granted summary judgment in June in the State Court of Cobb County in a case against a metro neurologist charged with failure to diagnose a pItuitary prolactinoma. The case involved a complicated fact scenario and application of the "new injury" rule to save the plaintiff from application of the statute of limitations. Plaintiff's claim was barred. Stay tuned. Appeal is anticipated.
Partner, Philippa Ellis, was a CLE presenter at Georgia Defense Lawyers Association's 49th Annual Meeting, June 9-11, in Amelia Island, Florida. Her presentation topic was, "The Jury Trial: Battlefield Strategies for a Successful Outcome."
OGEJS proudly announces that two new attorneys joined our firm in May. Baylie Fry - Baylie Fry joins our Intellectual Property, Business Litigation, and Tort Litigation practice groups. Bayley is a 2015 graduate of the Emory University School of Law, where she served as Special Content/Technical Editor on the Emory International Law Review. Baylie is a native of Tampa and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Central Florida, 2012. Kyle Sparwath - Kyle Sparwath is a 2014 graduate of the University of Denver and will be working with the firm's medical malpractice and premises liability groups. Kyle is an Atlanta native and UGA graduate, class of 2011, and enjoys fly fishing and playing his banjo.