Georgia Court Takes Bright-Line Approach to Question of When Liability Insurer Has A Duty to Settle, Thereby Limiting Insurers' Potential Bad Faith Exposure Where No Formal Settlement Demand Within Policy Limits Has Been Made
A recent Georgia Supreme Court Decision unequivocally places Georgia on the side of the insurer when it comes to the long-debated question of when a liability insurer has a duty to settle a third-party claim. ... Continue Reading
Starting and running a business is a complex venture that comes with many daily challenges. But, long-term planning to ensure a smooth transition out of a business is an even greater challenge, one that is often ignored until it is too late. Some entrepreneurs start out with the assumption they are going to sell their company within a few years, but this usually does not happen, and unfortunately, most business owners do not have an end-game. The most common reasons entrepreneurs and business owners lack of long-term planning are: (i) fear of failing in the short-term; (ii) day-to-day operations keep them busy, preventing them from focusing on their long-term goals; (iii) they do not have a clear idea of what to do with their business, specifically whether to sell to management, employees, or a third-party, or pass it on to their children. ... Continue Reading
In 2012, the Georgia legislature enacted the Georgia Motor Carrier Act of 2012. One of the stated objectives of the Act was to transfer regulations of motor carriers and limousine carriers from the Georgia Public Service Commission to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. See O.C.G.A. 40-1-51. ... Continue Reading
The importance of accurately calculating the average weekly wage of an injured employee can hardly be overstated. It is used to determine the employee's compensation rate, and, in turn, the ultimate value of his or her claim. ... Continue Reading
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