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November 2011

Supreme Court of Georgia Agrees to Revisit the Late Notice Defense in Insurance Coverage Cases

Phil SavrinBy Phil Savrin

Matt Hoover sustained a serious brain injury in October 2006 when he fell from a ladder while climbing down from the roof at a residence.  He was at the residence because a supervisor at the water extraction company where he worked had asked him to deliver a different ladder to the residence, as a favor to a client of the company.  The company’s owner visited him at the hospital that same day and understood the injuries were life-threatening.  In addition, his father told the owner of the company that he would be looking to the company for compensation.

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Wrap-up Insurance Policies: An Emerging Trend in Large Construction Projects

Neil WilcoveBy Neil Wilcove

The traditional method of obtaining insurance for participants in construction projects is for each party to obtain insurance individually.  This would mean that the project owner, general contractor and each subcontractor would purchase insurance independently to protect themselves from the risk of financial loss.  In recent years, an alternative to the traditional method has emerged called “wrap-up” insurance programs.

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Will a $40 Million Verdict in Cobb County, Georgia Affect other Cases against Trucking Companies?

Matt StoneBy Matt Stone

When a Cobb County jury returned a $40 million verdict in Foster v. Landstar Ranger, Inc., et al. in September 2011, it sent a shockwave through the trucking industry and the legal community.  Big verdicts against trucking companies are nothing new, but not in one of the most conservative venues in Georgia, where there had been only one 7-figure verdict in a motor vehicle accident case previously. 

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