GEORGIA DEFENSE VERDICT IN INSURANCE COVERAGE DISPUTE INVOLVING ALLEGED CONSTRUCTION DEFECT

Partner Carrie Christie obtained a defense verdict in April, 2021 for Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company in the first post-COVID jury trial held in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The plaintiff church alleged substantial roof and interior water damage resulting from a category 2 hurricane that swept through Brunswick […]

GEORGIA SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO REVERSE SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF CHICK-FIL-A FRANCHISEE

In Spring 2021, the Georgia Supreme Court denied plaintiffs’ petition for certiorari in a premises liability case involving a child who sustained burns to the soles of his feet while playing in a restaurant’s outdoor play area. Partners Carrie L. Christie and Courtney M. Norton successfully excluded the testimony of plaintiffs’ chemical expert, who attempted […]

GEORGIA FEDERAL APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN PREMISE CASE

Partners Carrie L. Christie and Courtney M. Norton obtained an order in Spring 2021 from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment for a McDonald’s franchisee. The customer claimed that a monitor suspended from the ceiling fell and injured him The Rutherford & Christie defense team successfully showed […]

GEORGIA STATE COURT GRANTS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN PREMISES CASE

Partners Carrie L. Christie and Courtney M. Norton, and Associate John R. Hooven won summary judgment in Fall 2021 in a slip and fall, which occurred directly in front of a drink station in a Hooter’s restaurant. The defense argued that surveillance footage showed a Manager inspected the area two minutes before the fall and […]