Pat O'connor, David Bobo Mullens, And Jim Gerard Secure Favorable Summary Judgment Ruling From The Georgia Supreme Court

On January 29, 2018, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed the Georgia Court of Appeals and trial court, both of which had denied summary judgment to Oliver Maner client Garden City, Georgia. The City was sued for negligence related to a six year old child falling approximately twenty feet at its football stadium. Following oral argument by Mr. O'Connor, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in favor of the City, concluding that as a matter of statutory interpretation the City was entitled to immunity under the Recreational Property Act, O.C.G.A. § 51-3-20 et seq. The Court reasoned that, even though most attendees had to pay to attend a youth football game, because "the injured party in this case was not charged a fee to use the City’s property for recreational purposes, the City was shielded from liability for the party’s injuries as a matter of law." THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN OF GARDEN CITY v. HARRIS et al. Additional Party Names: Kristy Harris, No. S17G0692, 2018 WL 575988, at *1 (Ga. Jan. 29, 2018)