Mercer law school hosts high court oral arguments
11:05 am, November 13th, 2013
The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases Tuesday at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon.
In the first case, Danforth v. Apple, SA13A1650, a woman diagnosed with mental illness and accused of stalking and harassing former coworkers is appealing a permanent injunction that requires her to stay away from Apple Inc.’s Lenox Square Store in Atlanta.
The woman’s attorney, Parks, Chesin & Walbert associate Regan Keebaugh, argued in court briefs that there was not sufficient evidence to warrant the injunction and that the injunction is “far broader than necessary to protect Apple’s interests.”
Apple Inc.’s team of lawyers—L. Traywicke Duffie, Christine Tenley and Nicolette Lee of Littler Mendelson—argued that the trial judge found clear and convincing evidence that Catherine Danforth stalked Apple employees following her termination, and therefore, she posed a credible threat of violence. They also argued that the injunction is not overbroad because it only prohibits Danforth from knowingly coming within 500 feet of an Apple Lenox Square Store employee but would allow her to shop at other stores in Lenox Square Mall.
The second case, Hartley v. Agnes Scott College, S13G1152, involves University of Tennessee graduate student Amanda Hartley, who sued Agnes Scott and three of its campus police officers in DeKalb County State Court for falsely arresting her in 2009 on sexual assault charges.
Hartley is appealing to the Supreme Court to allow her lawsuit to move forward after the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 in March that the college and officers were immune from liability. The appeals court reversed the trial court’s ruling that campus police are not state officers or state employees and are therefore not immune under the Georgia Tort Claims Act.
Hartley is represented by solo practitioner Lloyd Bell. Agnes Scott is represented by David Ladner and Brian Trulock of Bendin, Sumrall & Ladner and Laurie Daniel and Joshua Bosin of Holland & Knight.
Each year, the high court travels outside Atlanta to hear cases “for the purpose of making the court’s business and the judicial process more accessible to the public,” said spokesman Jane Hansen.
Oral arguments will begin at 10 a.m. in the Moot Courtroom on the first floor of the law school.