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April 1, 2020

              The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a trial court’s denial of partial summary judgment and motion for directed verdict related to punitive damages in the recent decision of Jones v. Bebee, --S.E. 2d ---, 2020 WL 771117 (2020).  The Court noted that the entry of the judgment at trial, mooted the motion for summary judgment filed by the Joneses and only addressed the denial of the motion for directed verdict. 

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March 16, 2020

               The Georgia Supreme Court (“the Court”) recently remanded the decision of a trial court to exclude a defense expert who was not properly disclosed during discovery.  In Lee v. Smith, ---S.E.2d --- (2020), the Plaintiff, Smith, was injured in an automobile accident in 2012.  Smith filed suit in September 2014 against Lee, who acknowledged liability for the accident.  Smith made several claims, but did not identify a f...

March 13, 2020

               In this matter before the Court of Appeals, Mr. Clouthier, who was involved in a tractor-trailer accident, filed suit against the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) because MCCG placed a lien on his causes of action.  MCCG, at some point, learned that the injuries sustained were due to the actions of a third party (the tractor-trailer) and filed a hospital lien against Mr. Clothier’s personal injury suit.

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February 4, 2020

            In 2011, Sergeant Omar Paez, Sergeant Lyndean Peters, and Officer Yovany Diaz (“Appellees”) of the Golden Beach Police Department were arrested for fraudulently failing to report off-duty police work that would have required them to pay administrative fees. However, the charges were dropped three years later. They now allege the arresting officers violated their constitutional rights by intentionally omitting exonerating information from the af...

January 22, 2020

            Quincy Williams, a state prisoner, brought a § 1983 action against defendants, including correctional officers, alleging excessive force in violation of the Eighth Amendment following the use of pepper spray on Williams.  Williams v. Rickman, 759 Fed.Appx. 849 (11th Cir. 2019). The district court adopted the report and recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge and granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment.

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