Following a welcome back to in-person proceedings by Chief Justice David Nahmias, the Georgia Supreme Court turned its attention to a potentially far-reaching dispute testing the limits of sovereign immunity for cities that purchase liability insurance above levels mandated by state law.      

The families of three people killed when a suspect fleeing College Park police officers have sued, seeking the city’s $5 million combined policy limits, but the city and its insurer argue that Georgia law caps municipal liability at $500,000 for single-person claims and $700,000 for motor vehicle accidents involving two or more people.