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BREAKING: Young Jeezy Wins Case Against Ex-Associate Seeking $5+ Million

Posted by Steve Silver on Oct 23, 2015 5:06:00 PM

(Photo: "Under the Influence 2014" by CZR-E for the Come Up Show / CC BY 2.0)

(VERDICT UPDATE: After a weeklong trial, a Fulton County Superior Court jury issued a verdict in favor of Young Jeezy (given name Jay Jenkins) in the lawsuit brought by former business associate Demetrius Ellerbee (also known as "Kinky B"). The jury specifically found that Ellerbee was not entitled to half of Jeezy's earnings under the terms of the singer's contract with Def Jam Recordings, also a defendant in the case. In addition, the jury found in favor of Jeezy on the other counts of Ellerbee's complaint, alleging conversion and RICO Act violations. Courtroom View Network will continue to cover this story, including video clips of trial highlights, as it develops, and complete gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial will be available on CVN's website as soon as possible.)


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Plaintiff's Closing Statement Lists Defense Attorney's Alleged "Misstatements and Lies": GA Trial Highlight

Posted by Steve Silver on Oct 23, 2015 11:59:39 AM

Attorneys in their closing statements often call into question the testimony of key opposing witnesses. In a recent DeKalb County State Court case, however, the plaintiff’s attorney instead went after a number of specific statements made by the defense attorney in his opening statement, which plaintiff’s counsel painted as part of the “bullying” tactics adopted by the defense in the case. Stephanie Nelson v. Ryan Beiner and Rural/Metro Corporation (13-A-47097-2).

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Defense Attorney Rebuts MD's Diagnosis by Attacking Plaintiff's Credibility: GA Trial Highlight

Posted by Steve Silver on Oct 16, 2015 3:48:39 PM

In many auto accident trials, defendants concede liability for the collision, and the issues for the jury become the extent and cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. Often, those trials turn into a credibility contest as jurors weigh conflicting testimony from the plaintiff’s treating physician and the defense’s consulting expert. In one recent case in Whitfield County Superior Court, however, the defense called no medical witnesses at all to dispute plaintiff’s testimony on the issue, instead using the plaintiff’s alleged lack of credibility to rebut the medical evidence. Christy Carr Fowler v. Shelby McFarland (14-CI-197-J).

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Topics: Georgia, Fowler v. McFarland

No Sale Is No Bar to Product Liability Claim in $29M Wrongful Death Case: Analysis

Posted by Steve Silver on Oct 14, 2015 5:58:30 PM

A key pretrial ruling by Fulton County State Court Judge Diane Bessen on a novel question of Georgia product liability law may have paved the way for a settlement following a $29 million compensatory damages verdict in a recent wrongful death case. Efrain Hilario and Gabina Martinez Flores v. Newell Recycling of Atlanta, Inc. (12EV015400).

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Topics: Georgia, Hilario v. Newell Recycling

Newton County Surgeon Wins Med Mal Case Arising from Failed Gall Bladder Operation

Posted by Steve Silver on Oct 9, 2015 3:36:13 PM

Covington, GA—A man whose outpatient gall bladder operation turned into over eight months of hospitalization and six years missed from work lost his Newton County Superior Court med mal case against the surgeon who performed the initial operation. William Ron Aiken and Sherri T. Aiken v. Newton Health System, Inc., and Steven Whitworth, MD (2011-SU-CV-2533-1)

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Topics: Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Georgia