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FMG Has Two Successful Jury Verdicts in May
FMG partners led two successful trial teams in verdicts last month again showing that juries still can be receptive to defense arguments in the face of plaintiffs that jurors often find sympathetic.
FMG partner Phil Savrin and associate Abby Vineyard won a complete defense verdict verdict for Professional Boiler Services, Inc., in a case tried in the Superior Court of Richmond County (Augusta, Ga). The suit was brought by Augusta Select Tissue, LLC, and contended that PBS was negligent in connection with servicing of a gas boiler that exploded a few days later causing substantial property damage and business loss. After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verduct in favor of FMG'ss client on all claims. Moreover, because a settlement offer was made early on in the case, FMG's client will be able to recover attorney fees and litigation expenses under Georgia’s version of the federal Rule 68 offer of settlement statute.
FMG partner Marc Bardack also had a very successful result in a jury trial last week in the Superior Court of Fulton (Atlanta). FMG's client, the driver of aa transportation company, was blamed for negligence in a multi vehicle accident that caused significant personal injuries to one of drivers.
At trial, the Plaintiff claimed $228,000 in past medical expenses, $400,000 in past lost wages and over $400,000 in future lost wages. Plaintiff's counsel asked the jury in closing for over $3 million. Despite these injuries and special damages, the jury awarded only $175,000, and under Georgia's apportionment statutute, assessed only 5% fault ($8,750) to FMG's client. The jury apportioned 90% fault to another party and 5% fault to the plaintiff.
Jennifer L. Ward, a partner in the Philadelphia office, was admitted to the Supreme Court of U.S. last week
Wayne Melnick, a partner in the Atlanta office was recently the attorney-presenter for the CLM Municipal Law national webinar The Effects of Plumhoff v. Richard on Qualified Immunity.
Freeman Mathis & Gary is pleased to announce that Bart Gary’s Georgia Construction Law Handbook, 2015 edition is now available.
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