Georgia Supreme Court Denies Kroger’s Appeal of MLN Law’s $2.79 Million Verdict
On March 3, 2014, in a 7-0 decision, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously refused to hear Kroger’s appeal of a $2.79 million verdict from a Gwinnett County jury. The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case allows the Georgia Court of Appeals’ decision affirming the verdict to stand. According to CaseMetrix.com, the $2.79 million verdict was the largest verdict in Georgia history against a grocery store for a slip and fall.
MLN Law Teams with Deitch & Rogers to Obtain $35 Million Verdict
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, a jury of twelve in Cobb County, Georgia rendered a $35,000,000 verdict against the amusement park, Six Flags, and four of its employees for the 2007 beating and traumatic brain injury that a customer suffered after spending the day at the park. Michael Neff, Gilbert Deitch, and Andrew Rogers were lead counsel for the Plaintiff, and Susan Cremer, Dwayne Adams, and Shane Peagler from MLN Law were also counsel of record in the case.
Supreme Court Denies Monitronics’ Appeal of MLN Law’s $9 Million Verdict
On November 4, 2013, in a 7-0 decision, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously refused to hear Monitronics’ appeal of a $9 million verdict given by a DeKalb County, Georgia jury. The Georgia Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case of Monitronics International, Inc. v. Veasley allows the Georgia Court of Appeals’ July 16, 2013 opinion to stand.
Cremer Elected Chair of AAJ Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section
Susan M. Cremer celebrates her 30th year of law practice of law in 2013. Ms. Cremer has been a member of the Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section since 1991 and has served as a section Chair of the Section twice in the past, as well as the other offices of the Section. She is pleased and honored to serve her third term as Section Chair.
June 27 and 28, 2013: Neff on Faculty at Georgia Trial Skills Clinic
On June 27 and 28, 2013, Michael Neff served as a faculty mentor at the Georgia Trial Skills Clinic held at the University of Georgia. During the Clinic, Neff and other mentors provided critique and feedback to other attorneys who presented cases in a realistic trial setting. More information about the Trial Skills Clinic can be found here. As an experienced trial attorney and lead-counsel in two record-setting cases in Georgia, Mike often mentors new and aspiring attorneys on topics such as voir dire, case strategy, negotiation, and trial skills.
Spring 2013: Neff Authors Article on Trial Consultants in Verdict
Michael Neff’s article, “Understanding and Evaluating Trial Consultants” appears in the Spring 2013 edition of Verdict, the Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Mike’s experience as lead counsel in numerous trials has allowed him to understand the best practices for utilizing trial consultants. Mike’s article can be found here.
May 20, 2013: Neff accepts invitation to join the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association
Michael L. Neff joins the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association. The National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, an association of The National Trial Lawyers, is made up of elite trial lawyers who have significant experience in litigating cases involving brain injuries.
May 6, 2013: Neff accepts invitation to join The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Michael L. Neff accepts invitation to join The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.
April 16, 2013: MLN Law Obtains $225,000 Vaccine Reaction Settlement
On April 16, 2013, MLN Law obtained a net $225,000 settlement, exclusive of attorney fees and costs, under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (“NVICP”) for a 75 year-old Georgia resident.
March 27, 2013: MLN Law Settles Prisoner Wrongful Death Case for $500,000
On March 27, 2013, the Estate of John Fillmore Glass and Jonathan Glass, settled the wrongful death claim for John Glass, a prisoner who was killed while on a work detail in Troup County, Georgia.
Major Victory for Veterans and Their Families: U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Veterans Can Sue for Doctors Not Obtaining the Veteran’s Informed Consent to Treatment
Medical battery is the intentional violation of a patient’s right to direct their own medical treatments. For several years, the law has been unclear as to whether veterans can sue the federal government when a military doctor treats them without their informed consent.
January 9, 2013 - MLN Law Settles Wrongful Death Fire Case for $1 million
On January 9, 2013, the widow of a 74-year-old man killed in a Sandy Springs house fire accepted $1 million to settle his wrongful death case. It was the third anniversary of his death.
August 10, 2012 - MLN Law Obtains Record $2.79 Million Verdict
On August 10, 2012 a Gwinnett County Jury compensated a woman and her family a record $2,790,000 as a result of a fall in a Kroger store in Fayetteville, Georgia. The $2.79 million verdict was the largest verdict against a grocery store for a fall case in Georgia history, according to CaseMetrix.
MLN Law Obtains $9 Million Verdict
On November 11, 2011, a jury in DeKalb County, attorneys Michael Neff, Dwayne Adams, and Shane Peagler obtained an $8.6 million verdict for our client in her suit against Monitronics - her security alarm monitoring company. The verdict was the largest for a civil rape case in Georgia history.
August 23, 2012 - Neff Speaks on Record $2.79 Million Verdict
On Thursday, August 23rd Michael Neff spoke to a group of approximately 70 lawyers about his law firm’s latest verdict - a $2.79 million verdict against Kroger in Gwinnett County stemming from a slip and fall in Kroger’s Fayetteville, Georgia store. Our client developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - a frequently permanent form of nerve damage.
Neff talked about what he learned from Voir Dire - the process of asking questions to potential jurors before the case. Neff noted that during the trial, the evidence reflected that Kroger had not met their inspection policies. Also, Kroger failed to produce video from the store’s video cameras. Kroger blamed the lack of video on power surges but produced no written documentation proving that any power surge problem had been reported or needed to be fixed. Neff also discussed the issue of asking a jury for money for “invisible” but chronic pain.
According to data produced by CaseMetrix (www.case-metrix.com), the verdict is the highest reported slip and fall verdict or settlement in Georgia regarding falls in grocery stores (1st of 216). The verdict is the second highest reported slip and fall verdict (2nd of 432). It is the highest reported verdict for a slip and fall in Gwinnett County (1st of 77).
Neff & Peagler win at the Georgia Court of Appeals & Georgia Supreme Court
Michael Neff and Shane Peagler, along with co-counsel Brian Spears, recently obtained victories at the Georgia Court of Appeals in Glass v. Gates, 311 Ga.App. 563 (2011) and then in Gates v. Glass, S12G0133 (July 2, 2012). The cases addressed situations when a county waives sovereign immunity through the purchase of insurance.
In writing the unanimous decision of the Georgia Supreme Court, Justice Thompson recognized that the legislature intended to allow counties to purchase insurance above the legally-required limits, and that a county waives its sovereign immunity up to the limits of that insurance policy. In so doing, a county may purchase insurance for "any motor vehicle" under O.C.G.A. § 33-24-51.
Neff, Peagler, and Spears argued that the trial court erred in applying a limited definition of "motor vehicle," found in O.C.G.A. § 36-92-1 to the phrase "any motor vehicle" in O.C.G.A. § 33-24-51, which has been historically used more broadly. Both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court agreed that the trial court should have used the broader definition.
Michael Neff Lectures in Chicago
On June 30, 2012, Michael Neff spoke at the "Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability" Seminar in Chicago, Illinois. Mike's presentation was entitled "Effective Voir Dire for Today's Jurors." Mike is an experienced trial attorney who has done significant research on both the legal and practical issues in selecting an unbiased jury.
MLN Law Hosts "Lunch & Learn" with Judge Lopez
On May 18, 2012, MLN Law hosted a "Lunch & Learn" seminar with Dekalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez. Judge Lopez discussed Discovery Disputes, Voir Dire, and Common Mistakes Made by Younger Lawyers while participants enjoyed lunch at The Square Pub at the Decatur Square. The MLN Law team is excited to host events where attorneys can gain practical advice from local judges on how we can serve our clients better.
Neff Lectures on Voir Dire at "Lunch & Learn"
On May 18, 2012, Michael Neff lectured on voir dire at a "Lunch & Learn" seminar with Dekalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez. Mike's presentation was "Voir Dire for the New Trial Lawyer" and was geared towards best practices in the art of jury selection. Mike enjoys using his years of trial experience and his research on voir dire to help new attorneys become better advocates.
Our firm also has generous associate counsel agreements in compliance with Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5 which allows new attorneys gain valuable experience while working with our seasoned trial team.
Adams Lectures on Discovery Disputes at "Lunch & Learn"
On May 18, 2012, Dwayne Adams lectured on voir dire at a "Lunch & Learn" seminar with Dekalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez. Dwayne's presentation was "A Primer on 6.4 Letters" and was geared towards best practices new trial attorneys can use to resolve discovery disputes. Dwayne's expertise on discovery issues has led to the sanctioning of uncooperative defendants on numerous occasions.
Dwayne enjoys sharing his experiences with discovery and trial. MLN Law has generous associate counsel agreements in compliance with Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5 which allows new attorneys gain valuable experience while working with our seasoned trial team.
Neff Lectures at 2012 GTLA Annual Convention
On May 11, Michael Neff lectured at the Annual Convention for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, held in Atlanta. Mike gave two presentations: one on how trial lawyers can best prepare themselves to ask a jury for money, and another on best practices for opening statements in premises liability cases. As an experienced trial attorney, Mike always appreciates the opportunity to share his experiences in the courtroom with his peers.
MLN Law Sponsors New Lawyers Party
On May 10, 2012, MLN Law was proud to serve as a corporate sponsor for the "New Lawyers Party," held as part of the 2012 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention. This year's party was held at Front Page News in Atlanta. Our experienced team of trial professionals welcomes opportunities to mentor new lawyers. We have generous associate counsel agreements in compliance with Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5 which allows new attorneys gain valuable experience while working with our seasoned trial team.
Michael Neff Speaks at "Plaintiff's Personal Injury" CLE
On March 30, 2012, Michael Neff spoke at the "Plaintiff's Personal Injury" conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike delivered a presentation to over 230 lawyers on applying "State of the Art Voir Dire" to help empanel an unbiased jury. Mike's work on voir dire has been published numerous times including the Georgia Bar Journal. Mike has received inquiries from attorneys and researchers from around the country on how best to select fair jurors.
Michael Neff Presents at "Superstar Personal Injury Lawyer" CLE
On March 16, 2012, Michael Neff spoke at the "Superstar Personal Injury Lawyers: Best Verdicts in 2011" conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike discussed legal strategy that led to a $9 million verdict in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Michael Neff Lectures at AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar
In March, Michael Neff lectured at the 2012 Seminar on "Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury ("TBI") Cases." Mike's talk focused on how to accurately present evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") regarding victims of rape. As an experienced trial attorney in brain injury and PTSD cases, Mike has developed several strategies for how to accurately convey evidence of PTSD to a jury.
Michael Neff Lectures at "Handling Fall Cases Professionally" CLE
On February 29, 2012, Michael Neff spoke at the "Handling Fall Cases Professionally" CLE in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike gave a presentation entitled "Challenges for Presenting Brain Injuries at Trial." Based on years of experience in handling brain injury cases, Mike explained how to meet and overcome potential bias against citizens who are seriously injured from a fall. Mike is honored to serve as the presiding Program Chair for the Fall Section of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.
Susan Cremer Lectures on Nursing Home Cases
On February 29, 2012, Susan Cremer spoke on "Screening Falls at Nursing Homes and Hospitals" the "Handling Fall Cases Professionally" CLE in Atlanta, Georgia.
Susan is both an attorney and a nurse. She has years of experience in representing seriously injured clients in cases against nursing homes and hospitals. Susan's lecture focused on strategies attorneys can use to improve the intake of new clients in nursing home and hospital cases.
Michael Neff Speaks at the Southern Trial Lawyers Association
In February, Michael Neff spoke at the Southern Trial Lawyers Association Conference in New Orleans. Mike delivered a lecture on "Closing Arguments and Asking for Damages" based on his $9 million verdict in 2011.
Michael Neff introduces Court of Appeals Judge Yvette Miller at Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association luncheon
On February 1, 2012, Michael Neff, along with Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association co-President John Hadden, was pleased to introduce Judge Yvette Miller of the Georgia Court of Appeals at the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association luncheon.
Medical News Alert Possible New Blood Test for Traumatic Brain Injuries
A blood test routinely used in Europe to detect traumatic brain injuries may be making some headway in the US. According to the authors of two recent medical studies, the S-100B serum protein biomarker increases rapidly after an injury. If measured within four hours of the injury, the S-100B test can accurately predict which head injury patients will suffer a traumatic abnormality. With head injuries in the news lately, the test is gaining some momentum in the U.S. medical community.