Fulton County Jury Decides Against Further Punishment
In February of 2016, Jonathan Adelman and Ashley Rice successfully argued to a jury of twelve that their defendant client, who admitted to driving while intoxicated, should not be ordered to pay punitive damages. The accident occurred when the defendant crashed into the plaintiffs’ vehicle and pushed it into the rear of a third vehicle. The trunk of the plaintiffs’ vehicle was pushed into the backseat. The lowest pre-trial demand was $180,000. The last pre-trial offer was $43,000 with a clear commitment to increase that offer if the plaintiffs lowered their demand. The plaintiffs refused to counter, and the jury returned with a verdict in the amount of $45,000 and zero punitives.