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Georgia Verdicts

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Man alleged officer punched him for no reason during arrest

A federal jury awarded $500,000 to a man who claimed he was punched by a Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority officer. Sam Hardy had been told by MARTA police officer Aldric Gillett to put a lid on a cup from which he was drinking. Hardy had initially complied with Gillett’s order, but then removed the lid after Gillett left. The altercation occurred just minutes later when Gillett returned and saw that the lid had been removed, with Hardy claiming that Gillett punched him in the face. The jury’s award included damages for battery, with a determination that Hardy had acted with malice, but other charges, including assault, false imprisonment, use of excessive force and intentional infliction of emotional distress were rejected.
Hardy v. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division

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Delay in fetal monitoring led to profound birth injuries: suit

A $30,545,655 verdict was awarded in the case of a newborn who was diagnosed with significant brain damage. Zetah Louis, 35 weeks pregnant at the time, had presented to her doctor’s office due to reduced/absent fetal movement. She was sent to Gwinnett Medical Center for fetal monitoring and, possibly, delivery. Louis alleged that a delay in performing the monitoring and other crucial tests led to brain damage and profound development delays. In response to the lawsuit, the defense argued that Louis failed to keep her gestational diabetes under control during her pregnancy and ignored the welfare of the unborn baby. The jury apportioned fault between the hospital and OB/GYN Willard C. Hearin, M.D. Other defendants were found not liable.
Louis v. Hearin
Gwinnett County

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Landscaping work curtailed due to auto injury, alleged plaintiff

A landscaper was awarded $6.5 million for injuries sustained in a car accident. James Swartz was a passenger in a pickup truck that hit the side of a tractor-trailer at an intersection. The pickup truck was dragged approximately 10 to 20 feet from the point of impact after becoming caught under the semi. Swartz suffered a hip fracture that required hip replacement surgery and a 12-day hospitalization. He also claimed peroneal nerve damage that impaired his ability to work as a landscaper. Swartz sued his own driver, the tractor-trailer driver and the owner of the tractor-trailer. All of the defendants denied liability, with each driver casting blame on the other. The jury apportioned 50-percent liability to each of the drivers.
Swartz v. Dad's Logistics Inc.
DeKalb County

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Georgia Verdicts

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