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Ruling in a lawsuit brought by the parents of young girl who nearly drowned in a Douglasville swimming pool, a Fulton County judge threw cold water on the pool management company and its former president, ordering them to pay $5 million, including $3 million in punitive damages and $1 million for intentional fraud.

The judgment comes more than 11 years after Ashton Schneider, then 7, suffered a traumatic brain injury after a lifeguard at the Chapel Hills Community Pool failed to notice the child sink to the pool bottom until other swimmers rushed to her rescue.

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Greg Land

Greg Land covers topics including verdicts and settlements and insurance-related litigation for the Daily Report in Atlanta.

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