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> FEATURE STORY When One Award is Not Enough Taking Another Look at the "One Award" Provision of O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(e)(1) BY STEVEN JUSTUS I n Georgia, punitive damage awards in products liability cases are subject to a strange set of provisions contained in O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(e). Possibly the strangest among these is the "one award" provision of § 51-12-5.1(e)(1) which limits the number of times an award of punitive damages may be recovered with regard to a particular product.1 Put another way, regardless of how many people are injured by a product, be it one hundred or one million, there will only be one opportunity to hold the product manufacturer accountable for its conduct by way of punitive damages. Summer 2015 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2015

President’s Message
GTLA President’s Gala
Trying a Sex Abuse Case Against a Local Church in a Conservative Venue
New Strategies and Interventions to Curtail Discovery Abuses
High-Speed Police Chases and Injured Innocent Bystanders
When One Award is Not Enough
Three Strategies to Fend off a Funding Attack
Recent Updates to Georgia Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil), July 2013 – Present
The Hidden Predator Act: How House Bill 17 Will Impact Victims’ Rights in Georgia
New Lawyers’ Corner: Trying a Low-Damage Jury Case
Professional Practice Pointers: Updates on E-filing, the Court of Appeals, and a New Traffic Division in DeKalb State
Case Updates: What’s New?
Workers’ Comp Updates
Notes: What’s New with GTLA Members
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Index to Advertisers

Verdict - Summer 2015