May 22, 2020

            In March 2020, the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict in favor of a former police lieutenant and a city clerk against the City of Pendergrass.  City of Pendergrass v. Rintoul, --- S.E.2d ----, 2020 WL 1242886 (2020).  Plaintiffs Rintoul and Garner were both employed by the City of Pendergrass from 2005 through 2009.  The plaintiff’s brought claims of retaliation under the Georgia Whistleblower Act.

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May 15, 2020

            The Georgia Court of Appeals recently reversed its decision that a landowner’s subjective intent in the use of its property or any indirect financial benefits received by the use of its property created fact questions under the Recreational Property Act (the “RPA”). Mercer Univ. v. Stofer, A17A1515, 2020 WL 1239700 (Ga. Ct. App. Mar. 13, 2020).  Sally Stofer’s family sued after she suffered fatal injuries while attending a free concer...

May 9, 2020

            In a recent Georgia Court of Appeal decision, Baker v. Atlantic States Insurance Company, --- S.E.2d ----, 2020 WL 1149933 (Ga. Ct. App. 2020) the Court upheld the ruling of a trial court permitting attorney’s fees as a sanction for a plaintiff’s willful violation of discovery.  The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed her case after a hearing was held related to the discovery violation, but before the trial court entered its order.  At th...

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