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Seth Friedman(L) of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, and Darren Summerville(R) of The Summerville Firm.Courtesy photos Seth Friedman (left) of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and Darren Summerville of The Summerville Firm. (Courtesy photos)

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.

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