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Steven Blackerby Wins Premises-Liability Case in Georgia Court of Appeals

Steven Blackerby successfully defended a restaurant in a lawsuit alleging that a defective handicap ramp had caused the plaintiff to trip and fall. Despite evidence that the ramp did not comply with building codes and that it deviated from the

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Steven Blackerby Files Suit to Keep City Retirees on Health Insurance Plan

On December 9, 2016, Steven Blackerby filed a suit on behalf of numerous retirees of the City of Waycross. The suit involves the City Commission’s decision to discontinue providing health insurance to retirees. The suit alleges that the retirees have

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Steven Blackerby and Rick Strickland Win Trial of Excessive-Force Case

On August 17, 2016, Steven Blackerby and Rick Strickland obtained a favorable jury verdict in the trial of an excessive-force case in federal court. They represented a Sheriff’s Deputy accused of using excessive force while arresting the Plaintiff, whose arm

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Steven Blackerby obtains summary judgment for a Georgia municipality in an employment-discrimination case

On October 6, 2015, Steven Blackerby obtained a favorable decision for a Georgia municipality in an employment-discrimination. The plaintiff was a former employee who alleged that he was denied a promotion due to his race and that he was the

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Steven Blackerby co-chairs a continuing legal education seminar on appellate practice

On October 28. 2015, Steven Blackerby served as co-chair for a seminar presented at the Georgia State Bar Headquarters. The seminar was entitled “Nuts and Bolts of Civil Appellate Practice.” The seminar included presentations by several accomplished attorneys on various

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Rick Strickland and Paul Scott obtain significant ruling for county and “official capacity” defendants, overruling 17 years of case law

Since 1998, the Georgia Court of Appeals has conflated the sovereign and official immunity analysis in the context of medical-care claims, and has held that “because medical care is a fundamental right and is not discretionary in requiring medical care,”

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Paul Scott obtains summary judgment in $1.9 products-liability lawsuit

On March 17, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of Paul Scott’s client, an industrial chain manufacturer, on all claims asserted against it. In this products-liability lawsuit, the chain manufacturer was

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Rick Strickland and Paul Scott obtain landmark ruling that the Eleventh Amendment bars an employee’s §1983 and ADA claims

In a case handled by Rick Strickland and Paul Scott, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that Georgia sheriffs are entitled to Eleventh Amendment immunity with regard to employment claims filed under Section 1983 and the ADA. Pellitteri v.

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Brad Watkins and Emily Hancock obtain summary judgment in case seeking $47 million from City of Brunswick

On February 12, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of the City of Brunswick on all claims asserted against it by Kennedy Funding, Inc. Kennedy Funding is a commercial

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Brad Watkins and Emily Hancock Obtain Summary Judgment in Heavy-Trucking Products-Liability Case

Brad Watkins and Emily Hancock recently obtained summary judgment for PACCAR, Inc. – which manufactures Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks – in a products-liability action brought by a heavy-truck mechanic. The mechanic was working under a truck when his coworker unthinkingly

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