State Investigating Emissions Test Issue

ATLANTA — If your car’s been built in the last 15 years a state emissions tester only needs to plug a computer into your car to perform the test.It’s required in Georgia to register all cars built between 1987 and 2008.This week the state had all the …

Pastor Arrested In Jamaica Returns Home

ATLANTA — An Athens-area pastor jailed in Jamaica after airport authorities said they found a bullet in his bag returned to metro Atlanta on Friday.Steven Carter was greeted by more than 20 church members who gathered at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int…

8 DeKalb Schools Close For Good

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Students and teachers walked the hallways for the last time at eight DeKalb County schools Friday.In March, the DeKalb County School Board voted to adopt the superintendent¬ís plan to close eight schools as part of a redistricting…

U.S. Secret Service Becomes Latest Victim of a ‘Wrong Pipe’ Tweet

As I noted last month, law firms getting more active on Twitter need to avoid three main types of "self-destructive" tweets. First on the list was the increasingly common "wrong pipe" tweet, which occurs when the person responsible for tweeting for a company or law firm accidentally tweets from the company’s account rather than from his or her individual Twitter account. As discussed in last month’s post, the American Red Cross and Chrysler have already learned about "wrong pipe" tweets the hard way. The latest victim of a "wrong pipe" tweet is an unlikely one: The U.S. Secret Service, which launched its Twitter account less than two weeks ago, on May 9, 2011. Ten days later, an unusual tweet popped up on the Secret Service’s account: D’oh!! The "FOX News is blathering" tweet was almost immediately deleted, and was followed by a sheepish statement by the Secret Service explaining what had happened on its new Twitter account: An employee with access to the Secret Service’s Twitter account, who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account, posted an unapproved and inappropriate tweet. The tweet contained no vulgarity, security or pertinent agency information. The tweet did not reflect the views of…

Powerball Jackpot Jumps To $120M

ATLANTA — Powerball is ripe for winning with the jackpot for Saturday¬ís drawing at an estimated $120 million to a single annuity winner. It only takes $1 for a chance to win big.Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize paid over 29 yea…

And the First-Ever LBW ‘Costanza Award’ Goes to … Munich Re Executives!

"Seinfeld," Season 3, episode 12 ("The Red Dot"): Mr. Lippman: It’s come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct? George Costanza: Who said that? Mr. Lippman: She did. George Costanza: [pause] Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon… you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time. Mr. Lippman: You’re fired! George Costanza: Well, you didn’t have to say it like that. I’ve dabbled in this area before ("Parents Tattoo Their Kids, Use Costanza Defense: ‘Was That Wrong?’"), but some former executives at Munich Re have inspired me to create and give out LBW’s first-ever "Costanza Award." According to an article in Germany’s Handelsblatt that I cannot read but which is translated/summarized by Bloomberg, a Munich Re subsidiary named Ergo Versicherungsgruppe hosted a party in 2007 to reward 100 of its top-performing insurance agents. The company brought in…

Disabled Man’s Parents Want Co-Workers Fired For Prank

ELBERTON, Ga. — The parents of a developmentally disabled man said they intend to sue the city of Elberton for a cruel prank that they said was committed on their son while he was on the job last year.They contacted Channel 2 Action News this week out…

End of the Line for the Winkelvi?

Barring a stunning grant of certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court, or perhaps a sequel to "The Social Network," we may have finally seen the last of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. On Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to grant the Winklevoss twins a rehearing, Hollywood, Esq. reports. Last month, a panel of judges on the 9th Circuit held that the Winkelvi were stuck with the cash and stock settlement (valued at over $65 million) they had negotiated back in 2008 to resolve their now-famous lawsuit against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The Winkelvi claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea while they were classmates at Harvard. Immediately following the 9th Circuit’s order Tuesday, the Winkelvi announced, predictably, that they would now appeal to the Supreme Court. The lawyers representing the twins stated that: Settlements should be based on honest dealing, and courts have wisely refused to enforce a settlement obtained by fraudulent means. The Court’s decision shut the courthouse door to a solid claim that Facebook obtained this settlement by committing securities fraud. Our Petition to the Supreme Court will ask the high court to decide whether that door should be reopened. Appellate experts such as SCOTUSBlog’s Tom…