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January 2013 Archives

Harriet Isenberg Re-Appointed

Harriet Isenberg was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Credit Rights Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  Harriet has served as Co-Chair of the section for the last ten years.  The Credit Rights Section of the State Bar seeks to provide learning opportunities for its members and to serve the needs of attorneys practicing in the area of collections and commercial litigation.

Eric N. Van De Water Joins Isenberg & Hewitt

Isenberg & Hewitt is pleased to announce that Eric N. Van De Water recently joined the firm.  Eric comes to Isenberg & Hewitt with over fifteen years of commercial litigation experience.  Eric achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law in 1996.  Eric also attended Emory University's School of Law as a visiting student from 1995-1996 and served as a law clerk to the Macon Judicial Circuit for the Honorable Martha C. Christian and the Honorable Phillip S. Brown.

National Center for Victims of Crime - Melvin Hewitt Re-Elected

Melvin L. Hewitt, Jr. was re-elected to serve a second term on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Victims of Crime headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The National Center for Victims of Crime is a non-profit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues.

Rockdale family loses loved ones after fire

Georgia residents may have heard of a recent fire that took lives of several children. A potential claim for premises liability could arise after a tragic house fire caused four children to die in a duplex. While ownership of the unit is not yet clear based on news reports, a landlord could potentially be held liable for keeping the unit in a dangerous condition because investigators found no working smoke detectors in the property. The property that was engulfed in flames was a two-story, duplex unit. Investigators did not find any smoke detectors on the upper level where the family lived. Although one smoke detector was on the bottom level, it reportedly did not contain a battery in it. Additionally, there were no sprinklers. The children who died were 9 years old and under, including an 8-month-old baby. Another child and an adult were also injured in the fire. The family consisted of a grandmother, mother and grandchildren.

Athens property break-ins during winter break

Students from the University of Georgia reported 29 break-ins during the winter break, making their off-campus housing locations seem like
dangerous properties possibly due to lack of security. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department released several media releases that informed the public about the breaking and entering incidents. According to police, the burglaries began on December 6, 2012 and lasted until January 7, 2012. This period of time coincides with the university's winter break in which many of the students are not on campus. Police have estimated that the total value of property that was stolen exceeds $35,000. However, this figure may not be entirely accurate because six of the cases did not include an estimate of the value of the property that was stolen. Some of the robberies occurred when burglars entered unlocked windows while other properties were tampered with.

Sandy Springs official linked to wrongful death suit

The newly appointed assistant solicitor for the municipal court for the City of Sandy Springs has been released from her position after authorities learned of personal problems she was facing, including the possibility of being charged in a wrongful death suit. The suit was going to be filed by the family of a 14-year-old who committed suicide after taking a synthetic substance. The former solicitor's husband is involved in a large federal drug trafficking case associated with the synthetic marijuana industry and has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. The former solicitor is being charged in the lawsuit because of perceived ties to a company that authorities believe manufactured a compound for synthetic marijuana. She is named as the registering agent for four companies that have the same address as the company that is believed to have manufactured the substance taken by the teen who committed suicide. His family believes that the drug induced a psychotic break that led to his death.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed after cyclist death

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Macon by a Kathleen family whose loved one died as a result of injuries that he sustained in front of his house when he was cycling. The man's widow and the administrator of his estate filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, a neighbor who was driving her children to the local school at the time that she hit him. The lawsuit claims that she was negligent by failing to observe the roadway, failing to yield to the deceased's right of way and not exercising due care in the operation of a motor vehicle. The claim asserts that the cyclist was in the process of mounting his bike at the time of the accident. However, these claims are in direct contradiction to the Houston County Sheriff's Office's accident report that states that the cyclist was operating his bike at the time of the accident and failed to yield the right of way of the vehicle the neighbor was driving.

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