• Frett v. State Farm Employee Workers' Compensation et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-11-28
    Practice Area: Damages
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Brown
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Bourne, (Attorney at Law), Cumming, Nicholas Benzine, (Benzine Law Group), Atlanta, Elliot Bourne, (Bourne Law Firm), Cumming, for appellant.
    for defendant: Charles Harris, Natalie Rogers, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellee. Todd Maziar, (Morgan & Morgan, Atlanta PLLC), Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A18A0820

    No workers compensation benefits for employee injured on a scheduled lunch break.

  • Adams v. Pinetree Trail Enterprises, LLC et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-11-12
    Practice Area: Damages
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ashleigh Madison, (Southeast Law, LLC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: David Nelson, (Chambless, Higdon, Richardson, Katz & Griggs, LLP), Macon, Hugh Peterson, (Balch & Bingham LLP), Atlana, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1399

    Basis of attorney fee award following voluntary dismissal cannot be vague or unspecific.

  • I. A. Group, Ltd, et al. v. RMNANDCO, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-23
    Practice Area: Business Torts | Civil Procedure | Damages
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christopher Anulewicz, Brooke Gram (Balch & Bingham LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: R. Edwards, Paul Piland (Cochran & Edwards LLC), Smyrna, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0578

    Although the trial court properly denied appellants' motion for summary judgment in appellee's action against them asserting various business-related tort claims, the trial court erred in reinstating a damages award to appellee after the Court of Appeals reversed the award in a prior appeal.

  • Bibbs et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-10
    Practice Area: Damages | Personal Injury | Wrongful Death
    Industry: Automotive
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Roy E. Barnes, John Raymond Bevis, John Ross Bartholomew IV (The Barnes Law Group LLC), Marietta; Robert David Cheeley (Sherry Schons - Cheeley Law Group), Norcross; Keith E. Fryer (Fryer Shuster & Lester P.C.), Atlanta; Keith Allen Pittman (Cheeley Law Group LLC), Alphatetta; Thomas A. Eaton (University of Georgia School of Law), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Carrie Lynn Christie, Robert Harris Burke (Rutherford & Christie LLP), Atlanta; Frank Mitchell Lowrey IV, Amanda Kay Seals Bersinger (Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP), Atlanta; Joel H. Smith, Richard Hood Willis, Ashleigh R. Wilson (Bowman and Brooke LLP-SC), Columbia, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18Q0075

    Damages in a wrongful death action are limited by the decedent's full settlement of her earlier personal injury action.

  • Coen v. Aptean, Inc. et al

    Publication Date: 2018-07-05
    Practice Area: Damages | Employment Litigation | Personal Injury
    Industry: Software
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Charles Cork (Attorney at Law), Decatur; Timothy Coen, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Matthew Ames (Balch & Bingham LLP), Atlanta; Steven Collins (Alston & Bird LLP), Atlanta; Richard Robbins (Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC), Atlanta; Alexa Ross (Robbinsfreed), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0522

    Abusive Litigation Plaintiff Could Elect to Seek General Damages For Mental Distress

  • Delta Aliraq, Inc. v. Arcturus International, LLC et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-12
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Creditors' and Debtors' Rights | Damages
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Beasley
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Hays, James Martin, B. Potter (Hays Potter & Martin LLP), Peachtree Corners, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brian Watt, Nicholas Howell (Troutman Sanders LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0672

    Service on Corporate Entity Failed Because Entry of Service Form Did Not Identify Individual Served as Authorized Agent

  • Evans et al. v. Rockdale Hospital, LLC

    Publication Date: 2018-05-08
    Practice Area: Damages | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lloyd Bell (Bell Law Firm), Atlanta; Sidney Moore (The Moore Law Firm PC), Atlanta; James Wilson (Attorney at Law), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sharonda Boyce, Daniel Huff, Randolph Powell (Huff Powell Bailey LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. Heather McGrotty (Weathington Mgrew PC), Atlanta; Paul Weathington (Weathington Smith), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A18A0233

    The trial court erred in denying plaintiffs' motion for additur or, alternatively, for a new trial on damages, because the jurys award of zero damages for medical malpractice plaintiff's past pain and suffering rendered the award of damages so clearly inadequate under a preponderance of the evidence as to shock the conscience and necessitate a new trial under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-12 (b).

  • Atlanta Truck Parts, Inc. v. Zenon & Zenon Contractors, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-08
    Practice Area: Contracts | Damages
    Industry: Automotive | Construction
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dosier Williams Winfield (Law Offices of Elizabeth Williams Winfield LLC), Peachtree City; Hugh Wood (Wood & Meredith LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Vivian Uchitel (Simpson Law Offices LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0574

    The Court affirmed the $128,972.90 award to plaintiff in its breach-of-contract action, as the person who signed the contract on defendant's behalf was authorized to do so and there was evidence supporting the amount of the award.

  • Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. Lewis

    Publication Date: 2018-04-27
    Practice Area: Damages | Evidence | Labor Law
    Industry: Transportation
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laurie Daniel, Matthew Friedlander (Holland & Knight), Atlanta; Walker Stewart (Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer, LLP), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: John Moss, John Steel (Steel and Moss LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A2081

    Evidence of Workers' Compensation Claimant's Self-employment Activity was Relevant to Issues of Lost Wages, Earning Capacity, and Pain and Suffering

  • Chrysler Group LLC n/k/a FCA US LLC v. Walden et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Damages | Wrongful Death
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Terry Otho Brantley, Mary Diane Owens, Bradley S. Wolff (Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP), Atlanta; Thomas H. Dupree Jr., Rajiv Mohan (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP), Washington, for appellant.
    for defendant: Karsten Bicknese, Robert Howard Betts (Seacrest, Karesh, Tate & Bicknese, LLP), Atlanta; James E. Butler Jr. (Butler, Wooten Cheely & Peak LLP), Atlanta; James Edward Butler III (Butler Tobin LLC), Atlanta; Cathy Cox (Mercer Law School), Macon; George C. Floyd (Floyd & Kendrick LLC), Bainbridge; Leigh Martin May (Butler, Wooten, Overby, Fryhofer), Atlanta; Michael Brian Terry, Frank Mitchell Lowrey IV (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta; David Thomas Rohwedder (Butler Wooten & Peak LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Michael Roger Boorman (Huff, Powell & Bailey, LLC), Atlanta; Brian David Boone, Kyle G.A. Wallace, Caroline M. Rawls, William Herman Jordan (Alston & Bird LLP), Atlanta; Christopher Randall Jordan (Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn), Brunswick; Martin Adam Levinson (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP), Atlanta; Garret Warrington Meader (Drew ECKL & Farnham LLP), Brunswick; James Randolph Evans, Anthony Wyatt Morris (Dentons US LLP), Atlanta, for amicus appellant. Matthew Britt Stoddard (The Stoddard Firm), Atlanta, for amicus appellee. Therese S. Barnes (Georgia Supreme Court), Atlanta, for other party. Ashby K. Fox, Louis G. Fiorilla (Burr & Forman LLP), Atlanta; Forrest S. Latta (Burr & Forman LLP), Mobile; D. Victor Reynolds, John Stuart Melvin, Michael Scott Carlson, John Richard Edwards, Amelia Greeson Pray (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for neutral amicus.

    Case Number: S17G0832

    The Court of Appeals did not err in affirming the trial court's decision finding that the compensation of the CEO of a car manufacturing company was admissible in a wrongful death suit because the prejudicial effect of the evidence did not outweigh its probative value pursuant to Rule 403.