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Supreme Court of Georgia hears S20G0695, Johnson v Avis and S20G0696 Smith v Avis. (Photo: Zoom) Supreme Court of Georgia hears S20G0695, Johnson v. Avis and S20G0696 Smith v Avis. (Photo: Zoom)

Members of the Supreme Court of Georgia imagined a series of calamities as they explored where Georgia law holds car owners responsible for accidents caused by thieves who stole  their vehicles.

Beyond the hypothetical cases were $54 million in verdicts awarded by Gwinnett County State Court juries to two women who sued Avis Rent A Car System and others. The plaintiffs sought compensation for severe injuries they suffered when an Avis employee stole a vehicle from a downtown Atlanta branch and crashed it into a wall where the women were sitting, resulting in the loss of one woman’s leg and a shattered hip and intestine damage for the other.

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Jonathan Ringel

Jonathan Ringel is managing editor of the Daily Report, the ALM newspaper in Atlanta. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @jonathanringel

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