Georgia Court of Appeals Reaffirms Store is Generally Not Liable to Invitees for Injuries Sustained

Regina Boyd was an invitee at a store leased and occupied by Big Lots Stores, Inc. (“Big Lots”), which was located in a shopping center with a common area parking lot owned by the shopping center owner/lessor. Boyd left Big Lots and was injured when she slipped and fell in the parking lot. Boyd sued Big Lots claiming that her injury was proximately caused by the negligence of Big Lots: (1) to discharge the duty imposed on it by O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1 to keep the store premises and approaches safe for invitees; and/or (2) to discharge a duty it voluntarily assumed to protect its invitees from the dangerous condition in the parking lot of which it had notice. Boyd v. Big Lots Stores, Inc., A18A11

Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms that Parties May Contract Away Uninsured Motorist Coverage

On April 3, 2015, Verlinda and Kevin Jones were test-driving a car owned by Five Star Automotive Group (“Five Star”). While on the test-drive, the Joneses vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Rashod Lamar. The Joneses did not own a personal auto insurance policy and sought to recover damages for their alleged injuries from Lamar. The Joneses also served a copy of the action on Federated Mutual, Five Star’s insurer. The Joneses accepted the liability limits from Lamar's insurer; however, their medical bills exceeded the limits. Therefore, the Joneses sought uninsured motorist coverage pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11, the Georgia Uninsured Motorist Act (“UM Statute”) from Federate

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