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Melissa Bailey and Corey Mendel’s Trial Court Dismissal Upheld by Georgia Court of Appeals

March 25, 2021

Melissa Bailey and Corey Mendel recently obtained a ruling from the Georgia Court of Appeals upholding the Bibb County trial court’s dismissal of a plaintiff’s claim against a John Doe defendant for lack of jurisdiction. The case arose from an out-of-state collision involving a non-Georgia resident who was not named as a Defendant to the suit. The Court of Appeals held that because the plaintiff knew the identity of the alleged tortfeasor and failed to name them within the action, the plaintiff had failed to meet a prerequisite for relief. Affirming the trial court’s ruling, the court held that it lacked jurisdiction over our client and dismissed the plaintiff’s claims in their entirety.

 

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