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    In Danes v. Rogers, A13A1201, the Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment for insurance agent client Andee Rogers.  Kevin Doyle defended Andee Rogers in a negligence case filed in the Superior Court of Butts County.  The Court of Appeals held that Andee Rogers did not breach a duty to the insured, since the insured did not request workers’ compensation insurance that would have covered the insured personally.

    The United States Department of Justice announced today that Louisiana based home health provider, Amedisys, Inc. has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations brought under the False Claims Act.  The settlement covers cases brought by whistleblowers in seven separate cases.  One such whistleblower, Ms. Umberhandt, was represented by Kevin Doyle and Mel Mobley of Lokey, Mobley and Doyle, LLP in the case styled United States ex rel. Umberhandt v. Amedisys, Inc., Civil Action No.: 13-cv-2789 (E.D. Pa.).  Ms. Umberhandt and her counsel diligently worked with whistleblowers and their counsel of the cases styled United States ex rel. Brown, et al. v. Amedisys, Inc., et al. Civil Action No.: 13-cv-2803 (E.D. Pa.) and United States ex rel. CAF Partners, et al. v. Amedisys, Inc., et al., Civil Action No.: 10-cv-2323 (E.D. Pa.), to assist the Government in achieving this settlement.

    Ms. Umberhandt and Lokey, Mobley and Doyle would like to thank the investigators of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Atlanta Division, the attorneys and investigators of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the Northern District of Alabama, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the attorneys of the Department of Justice in Washington for their hard work and dedication, which culminated in this excellent result.

    In Eaddy v. Precision Franchising, LLC, 320 Ga. App. 667 (739 SE2d 410)(2013), the Court of Appeals upheld the recovery of attorney fees in favor of client Precision Franchising.  During the defense of a case brought by plaintiff Rukiya Eaddy, Precision Franchising made a $1,000 offer to settle the case pursuant O.C.G.A. § 9-11-68.  Plaintiff rejected the settlement offer.  Mel Mobley obtained summary judgment for Precision Franchising, which triggered Precision’s right to recover attorney fees from the plaintiff.  The Court of Appeals held that the $1,000 settlement offer was made in good faith under the facts of the case, since Precision Franchising was not liable to the plaintiff and was granted summary judgment.

    During the course of the case, Mel Mobley and Kevin Doyle obtained a settlement of $118,000 from insurer Central Mutual for Precision Franchising’s counterclaim for defense costs in a separately filed declaratory judgment action filed by Central Mutual.