Georgia residents who have been following the trials and tribulations of O.J. Simpson may be interested to learn that he may be making money off of signing autographs. These allegations come in spite of the fact that he owes more than $70 million for a wrongful death judgment. An attorney for Fred Goldman, whose son was killed in 1994 along with Simpson's ex-wife, reportedly went back to Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 30 to ask the judge to order that Simpson hand over any future earnings.
When people go out on the town in Georgia, they expect venues to maintain security for patrons. This trust fell apart at an out-of-state nightclub called the Cameo when a shooting killed two people and injured another 15. The family of one of the deceased victims has claimed that the nightclub owner provided insufficient security and should pay damages. Their wrongful death lawsuit, however, might have nothing to make a claim upon because the business owner filed for bankruptcy at the end of 2017.
Connecticut residents may be interested to learn that, on Dec. 19, it was reported that the sister of a woman who was murdered in her home filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman's husband. In the lawsuit, the sister alleged that the husband shot the woman in the head two years ago.
Some Georgia residents might have heard about a death at a state fair on July 26 when a ride malfunctioned. An 18-year-old man was killed in Ohio and seven other people, including his girlfriend, were injured when a ride called the Fire Ball broke.
Georgia residents may have heard about the 2012 murder of a pregnant Home Depot employee. While the company said that it shouldn't be liable in a civil lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled against a request to reconsider its prior ruling against the company. This means that it will be remanded to a lower court. The appellate court found that Home Depot was vicariously liable because it failed to discipline an employee who had a record of harassment against female employees.
Georgia rap fans may recall the 2014 shooting that happened at a concert that was headlined by Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa in 2014. In the incident, a concert promoter died after he was shot backstage at the concert. The concert promoter's family has filed a lawsuit against Jeezy for wrongful death.
Temperatures rarely drop below freezing in Georgia even during the coldest winter months, and residents of the Peach State are often unprepared on the rare occasions when snow does fall and ice forms. Even an inch or two of snow can cause Georgia highways to slow to a crawl, and a thin layer of ice can make walking on the state's sidewalks and driveways extremely treacherous.
Georgia shoppers who have purchased furniture from Ikea may be interested to learn that the company agreed to pay $50 million to several families on Dec. 21. According to the report, the company was sued after three children were killed when Ikea dressers crushed them after tipping over.
In Georgia, news sources report that one civil court case is now closed following the Marshall Square retirement community fire of 2015 but that 14 additional lawsuits remain pending. The parties involved in the property damage lawsuit, which is one of 15 lawsuits that have been filed in connection with the deadly incident, reached a last-minute settlement on Dec. 1. Although few additional details have been released, the settlement was reportedly a "big win" for the plaintiff in this particular case.
Bobby Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died after she was found unresponsive in her Atlanta home last year. On Nov. 17, Brown's family members were awarded $36 million after filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Brown's former boyfriend, Nick Gordon. The monetary award was calculated after the Fulton County court found Gordon 'legally responsible" for Brown's death in September.