In 2009, Rutherford & Christie attorneys Carrie L. Christie and Andrea E. Dobur won a defense verdict during a bifurcated trial in Fulton County (Georgia) State Court. The case had the potential for a verdict in excess of the policy limits and significant punitive damages against the insured. Plaintiff’s counsel would not accept policy limits tendered by the insurer prior to trial. Despite the fact that liability was admitted, the jury was presented with compelling evidence by the R&C team that the plaintiff’s disabling condition was not the result of negligence by the defendant. The jury agreed and returned an award in favor of the defendant on compensatory damages, which prevented the plaintiff from obtaining any punitive damages award.