• Mary Sheffield et al. v. Conair Corporation

    Publication Date: 2018-12-07
    Practice Area: Products Liability
    Industry: Consumer Products
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Robl, (Robl Law Group LLC), Tucker, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jeffery Saxby, (Hall Booth Smith, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1032

    Court Affirms Order Granting Summary Judgment to Mattress Heater Manufacturer in Suit by Customer Whose Mattress Caught on Fire

  • Woods et al. v. A.R.E. Accessories, LLC

    Publication Date: 2018-06-21
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Products Liability
    Industry: Automotive | Manufacturing
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Andrews
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Peavy (Peavy Law LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Alan Ness, Duluth, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0292

    The trial court properly granted summary judgment to manufacturer in plaintiffs' product liability action because there was an absence of evidence in the record that the product was defectively designed; rather, the evidence showed that the sole cause of plaintiffs' injuries was the unforeseeable misuse of the product.

  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company v. Koch et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Evidence | Products Liability
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laurie Webb Daniel (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta; Reed Thomas Warburton, (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP), Birmingham; George R. Neuhauser (Nall & Miller LLP), Atlanta; Scott Burnett Smith (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP), Huntsville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Katherine Lee McArthur, Caleb Frank Walker, Laura K. Hinson Penn (Katherine L. McArthur LLC), Macon; Tracey Lynn Dellacona (Dellaconna Law Firm), Macon, for appellee. Ashby K. Fox, Louis G. Fiorilla (Burr & Forman LLP), Atlanta; Forrest S. Latta (Burr & Forman LLP), Mobile; Brian David Boone (Alston & Bird LLP), Charlotte; Leonard Searcy II (Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.), Kansas City; Philip S. Goldberg (Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP), Washington, for amicus appellant. Stephen Christopher Collier (Hawkins & Parnell, LLP), Atlanta; Michael Atkinson Arndt (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP), Atlanta; George Lee Welborn (Downey, Cleveland, Parker & Williams), Marietta, for other party.

    Case Number: S17G0654

    The trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant's motion to dismiss, or alternatively, to bar certain evidence as a sanction for spoliation of evidence, as the record supported the trial court's conclusion that litigation was not reasonably foreseeable when plaintiff destroyed the evidence.