Achievements & Results

Defense Verdict Affirmed on Appeal by Fred Valz and Melissa Bailey

Fred Valz and Melissa Bailey were successful in upholding a defense verdict in the Georgia Court of Appeals.  The plaintiff-appellant argued that the verdict was against the weight of the evidence because the defendant admitted in her answer that she had violated a legal duty.  At trial, the defendant-appellee explained that she was turning in to a gas station exit lane at the time of the accident, but she denied having made an improper left turn in front of the plaintiff.  After the DeKalb County jury returned a defense verdict, the plaintiff appealed.  Affirming the trial court’s denial of the motion for new trial and upholding the verdict, the Court of Appeals determined that the defendant’s admission of playing a role in the collision did not foreclose the jury determining that the plaintiff’s contributory negligence prohibited her recovery.