A Holt demand and a spoliation sanction from Cobb County State Court Chief Judge Toby B. Prodgers were the key ingredients in the $1 million settlement of a wrongful death case against The Sports Grill for serving alcohol to a customer who had a fatal crash on the way home.

The drama continued into the final hour before the settlement deadline set by plaintiffs attorneys James L. Creasy III of Gillis & Creasy and Lloyd N. Bell of Bell & Mulholland, who were fielding calls on their cell phones from their cars and offices until nearly noon on July 15, when Statewide Insurance Co., acting through RCA Insurance, wrote the check rather than risk exceeding the $1 million policy liability limit if the case had gone to trial.

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