Georgia Supreme Court Updates Legal Analysis of Change in Condition vs New Accident
July 12, 2012
The Georgia appellate courts have been examining the definitions of new injury, fictional new injury, and change in condition for many years. The Georgia Supreme Court again analyzed the definitions and has offered some guidance on how to distinguish between a change in condition and a fictional new injury.
Georgia Supreme Court Confirms Ability of Jury to Apportion Fault to Non-Party Criminal Assailant
July 9, 2012
Answering two certified questions from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court held that (1) in a premises liability action wherein a property owner is alleged to have negligently failed to prevent a foreseeable criminal attack, the jury can consider the “fault” of a non-party criminal assailant and apportion a percentage of fault to that criminal assailant and (2) a jury instruction or special verdict form requiring a jury to apportion any award of damages among the property owner and the criminal assailant does not violate the plaintiff’s constitutional rights.
Georgia Supreme Court Upholds One-Year Suit Limitation Provisions in Multi-Line Policies
June 26, 2012
On two certified questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously held that a former Georgia Insurance Commissioner exceeded his legal authority when issuing a regulation requiring all property insurance policies to contain at least a two-year suit limitation provision. O.C.G.A. § 33-32-1(a) requires that all fire policies issued in Georgia conform to certain minimum standards as set forth in the Standard Fire Policy. The Commissioner is vested with authority to specify the terms of the Standard Fire Policy. For years, the Standard Fire Policy contained a one-year suit limitation provision. In 2006, the Commissioner changed the limitation period to two years in the Standard Fire policy. Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 120-2-10-.01. Simultaneously, the Commissioner issued a companion Regulation, 120-2-20-.02. This second regulation attempted to require that all lines of property insurance conform to the Standard Fire Policy by containing at least a two-year period suit limitation period.
Swift Currie iPhone App Now Available for Download
May 14, 2012
Attention all iPhone users -- Be sure to download the NEW Swift Currie app directly onto your iPhone. The app provides you with numerous resources in the palm of your hand. Check out our workers' compensation calculators, attorney contact list and extensive list of firm cheat sheets and information. Scan the QR code on the left to be taken directly to the Swift Currie app in the iPhone App Store.
Apportionment of Fault Applies Even When Plaintiff Not to Some Degree at Fault
April 16, 2012
The Supreme Court of Georgia has recently held that apportionment of fault among defendants and to non-parties under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33 applies even where the plaintiff is not to some degree at fault. McReynolds v. Krebs
, -- Ga. – (2012), S11G0638 (March 23, 2012).