Lawyers at the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday tested the breadth of last week’s high court decision that provided some guidance on what tort defendants must do to spread the blame for a plaintiff’s claims to those that have not been sued.
A 2005 law allows juries to apportion fault and corresponding damages to nonparties. Even though the nonparties don’t owe any money to the plaintiff, their presence helps defendants by giving jurors somewhere else to point their fingers for blame, potentially reducing a defendant’s financial obligation.
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