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Mut. Cas. Co. v. Woodard, 861 F.3d 1224 (11th Cir. 2017)

causes which are irresistible or inevitable,

FOOTNOTES

such as lightning, storms, perils of the sea,

1 Grange Mut. Ins. Co. v. Woodard, 2015 WL 3904598 (N.D.Ga.

earthquakes, inundations, sudden death, or

2015) and Grange Mut. Cas. Co. v. Woodard, 826 F.3d 1289

illness."5 The statute expressly states that Act
of God "excludes all idea of human agency."6
So, while the doctrines are similar, they

(11th Cir. 2017).
2 Grange Mut. Ins. Co. v. Woodard, 300 Ga. 848, 797 S.E.2d
814, (2017) (ruling that § 9-11-67.1 "does not prohibit a
claimant from conditioning acceptance of a Pre-Suit Offer

are not identical. Acts of God are most

upon the performance of some act, including a timely pay-

often associated with natural occurrences.

ment"), recon. denied (Mar. 30, 2017). See also, Grange

(applying law announced by the Supreme Court of Georgia
to rule that there was no settlement).
3 Robinson v. Metro. Atlanta Rapid Transit Auth., 197 Ga.
App. 628, 629 (1990).
4 See, e.g., Roberts v. Ledbetter, 218 Ga. App. 860, 860 (1995).
5 O.C.G.A. § 1-3-3(3).
6 Id.

Rhetorically, too, an "Act of God" may be far
more dangerous to plaintiffs than a "Sudden
Emergency." Naming something an "Act of
God" may be more likely to appeal to a juror
with closely-held religious beliefs. It also may
appeal to jurors who may blindly accept that
"bad things happen." Be on the lookout for the
crafty defense argument that tries to interject
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Meet The Experts
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover1
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 10
Verdict - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Spring 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 13
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 14
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 17
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 18
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 19
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 20
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 22
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 23
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 24
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 25
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 27
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 28
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 30
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 32
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 33
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 35
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 36
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 39
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 42
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 44
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Meet The Experts
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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