Avis Not Liable For $54M In Verdicts Over Stolen-Car Injuries
Last week, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed verdicts to award $54 million to two women severely injured in an accident after an Avis employee stole a rental car off of the lot and crashed into them. The judge ruled the thief was to blame and Avis wasn't liable for his actions. Chair of the firm's national Appellate Team Laurie Webb Daniel and Matthew Friedlander represented Avis.
In an interview with Law360, Ms. Daniel commented, "The plaintiffs' theory of liability was based primarily on a Florida case that had vastly different facts and also applied a standard that differs from Georgia law. As I stressed at oral argument: 'To approve the $47 million verdict in the Smith case and the $7 million verdict in the Johnson case, this court would have to overrule binding precedents, old and new.'"