Shotgun Pleadings in Federal Court

Will a “Shotgun Pleading” Allege Sufficient Facts To Avoid Dismissal in a Semi Accident? A shotgun pleading is one that doesn’t have sufficient clarity to provide the other side with fair notice of the claims or defenses against them. As a result, a shotgun pleading violates the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. What is a… read more

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Does a Truck Driver Have a Duty to a Person Who Jumps on His Trailer?

A federal court in Georgia examined whether the non-party truck driver had a duty to a plaintiff who ran after a semi and jumped onto the truck’s ICC bar. What is an ICC Bar? This is the reflector-taped metal bar hanging down on the end of a tractor-trailer. It’s also known as a “Mansfield bar.”… read more

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Is a County Liable When a Tree Falls in the Road and Kills a Motorcyclist?

On the afternoon in November 2016, Clinton Giddens was riding his motorcycle on a road in Jones County when a pine tree located in the right-of-way fell and struck him. He died as a result of the accident. Ann Etheridge, Clinton’s mother, brought a wrongful death action against Jones County employees John Lowe and Donald… read more

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Was a Truck Driver “Working” When He Abandoned His Truck 80 Miles From His Destination and Caused an Accident?

A man suffered injuries in a multi-vehicle collision that he said resulted from the negligence of a trucking company and its employee, a truck driver who ran on foot into traffic on I-75 North in Henry County—setting off a chain of events that culminated in the collision. The truck driver was employed by the trucking… read more

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