Whistleblower Update

Good news for whistleblowers:  Last week, the Fifth Circuit issued a seminal decision in Halliburton v. Admin. Review Bd on the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection, holding that 1) “outing” a whistleblower is a prohibited adverse action; 2) the “contributing factor” causation standard does not require a showing of a retaliatory motive; and 3) Sarbanes Oxley affords noneconomic compensatory damages, including emotional distress and reputational harm.  If you have any questions about your whistleblower activity, please contact HKW and Doug Kertscher directly at 678-384-7440.

HKW Trial Teams Win 2 Verdicts

Congratulations to the trial teams of Doug Kertscher and Julie Burke and Doug Kertscher and Blake Frye for recently winning two large verdicts on behalf of HKW clients totaling over $675,000.  The Kertscher/Burke Team won their verdict in Fulton County Superior Court in a case involving a business dispute.  The Kertscher/Frye Team won their verdict in the U.S. District Court in a case regarding the ADA.  Great job to everyone for their hard work and successful results!

Attorney Vivek Ganti Joins HKW Team

Vivek Ganti has joined HKW as an associate. A registered patent attorney with a background in electrical engineering, Mr. Ganti will continue to focus on patent litigation and inter partes reviews with HKW.

HKW Retained in Patent Litigation

Taiwanese computer product manufacturer GIGA-BYTE Technology Co., Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary G.B.T. Inc. have retained Steve Hill and John North to defend them in litigation brought in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California relating to allegations of infringement involving 20 patents.

Steve Hill Speaks at AIVMA

Steve Hill recently spoke to a large group of members from the Atlanta Internet Video Marketing Association about copyright issues involved in online video publication and related issues.  Click here for more information about the event, and here for pictures.

Attorney John L. North Joins HKW Team

We are very happy to announce that John L. North has joined the firm as a partner.  John brings over 27 years of complex intellectual property and business litigation experience.  Please see the press release about this exciting news here.

HKW Attorneys Volunteer at CHOA Parade

Scott Wharton and Doug Kertscher recently volunteered in the Distinguished Clown Corp, a crowd favorite at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Annual Christmas Parade.  This marked the 11th year Scott has participated and the 2nd year for Doug.  As part of the service project, the firm made a donation in support of the great work CHOA does for children and their families, both in Atlanta and across the country.  For pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook page.

Three HKW Attorneys Named to 2013 List of Georgia’s Legal Elite

Congratulations to Steve Hill, Scott Wharton and Rob Joseph for being named to this year’s list of Georgia’s Legal Elite.  Selection is based solely on the votes of other attorneys in the State and published by Georgia Trend Magazine.  To see the digital version, please click here.  Great job!