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Featured Verdicts

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Georgia Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent Georgia cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

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Inadequate security was cause of man’s death: plaintiffs

A jury awarded $20 million in damages to the estate and family of a man who was shot to death at a housing complex in Forest Park. The family of Florencio Gomez-Mendez sued Bradford Ridge Apartments owner JAMCO Properties Inc. and property manager Clayton Carriage Apartments, LLC, alleging that the complex failed to provide adequate security, especially considering the history of violent crime at the complex and a neighboring building. The defense argued that there had been adequate security and Gomez-Mendez’s death was solely due to the actions of unknown assailants. The jury apportioned 50-percent liability to the defendants and 50-percent liability to the assailants, which reduced the defendants’ monetary culpability to $10 million.
Estate of Gomez-Mendez v. JAMCO Properties Inc.
Clayton County

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Pedestrian blamed car rental agency negligence for injuries

A jury awarded $47 million to a woman who was hit by a car as she and a friend were sitting on a brick wall in Atlanta. Adrienne Danielle Smith suffered severe leg injuries when the Ford Edge, which had been stolen from Avis Rent A Car System, LLC by a rental agency employee, struck her. She sued Avis, the employee who stole the car, Byron Perry, Perry’s direct employer, CSYG, Inc., and CSYG principal Yonas G. Gebremichael, as well as Avis security head Peter Duca. Smith alleged that Perry had a criminal history of car thefts when hired and that an inadequate key protection policy enabled Perry to steal the car. The defense claimed the car keys had been adequately secured and the unforeseeable events could not have been prevented.
Smith v. Avis Rent A Car System LLC
Gwinnett County

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Improperly managed birth led to infant’s death: plaintiffs

A jury found in favor of a doctor who had been accused of negligence in the handling of a child’s birth. Xavier A. Williams’ parents, Kala Sharee Williams and Anthony Williams, sued Thomas Nathan Malone, M.D. and his practice, alleging that Malone’s improper monitoring of labor, failure to respond properly to signs of fetal distress and failure to perform a C-section led to shoulder dystocia, which Malone then mismanaged. According to the plaintiffs’, Malone’s negligence led to Xavier being asphyxiated when he was cut off from blood and oxygen due to compression of the umbilical cord when the shoulder dystocia was encountered. The defense denied liability and contended that Malone appropriately managed the delivery and shoulder dystocia.
Williams v. Alabama Obstetrics LLC
Muscogee County

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Georgia Verdicts

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