Butler Kahn Wins Personal Injury Verdict at Trial


Kurt-Taylor-JB3-DMTButler Kahn is proud to report that we have another happy client and another win! On Friday, January 26, 2018, a jury in Fayette County, Georgia returned a verdict of $935,288.63. The defense’s highest offer to settle the case before trial was $325,000.

The Daily Report’s article on the case is available here. Butler Kahn’s press release is below.

A jury in Fayette County State Court reached a verdict of $935,288.63 yesterday in an automobile collision case. The trial started on Tuesday afternoon, and the jury reached its verdict after about 5 hours of deliberations on Friday afternoon. The defense’s highest offer to settle the case was $325,000. Plaintiff’s lowest offer before trial was $850,000.

The case arose from an intersection collision in Fayetteville, Georgia. At trial, the defense admitted liability for the collision. The plaintiff had suffered injuries to his neck, back, knee, and wrist. At trial, according to plaintiff’s counsel Jeb Butler of Butler Kahn, the plaintiff presented evidence from several of the plaintiff’s treating physicians and from his family members. The defendant presented evidence from a retained psychologist and a private investigator that the plaintiff’s UM insurer, Nationwide, had hired to conduct surveillance on its customer, the plaintiff.

The case was tried in front of Judge Jason B. Thompson. Said Butler, “Judge Thompson was great to try a case in front of. His rulings were fast and fair, and he went out of his way to make the jurors, parties, and lawyers comfortable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a judge who used his courtroom time more efficiently.” Butler reported that lead defense counsel, Mark Scott of Nationwide Insurance, also had complimentary things to say about Judge Thompson.

“Our client is happy with the result, and mostly happy to be able to put this case behind him,” said Darren Tobin, who also represented the plaintiff. “It was an honor to represent Mr. Taylor, and to work with him and his family.”

The case was Taylor v. Howse, No. 2015SV-0270.


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Jeb Butler’s career as a Georgia trial lawyer has led to a $150 million verdict in a product liability case against Chrysler for a dangerous vehicle design that caused the death of a child, a $45 million settlement for a young man who permanently lost the ability to walk and talk, and numerous other verdicts and settlements, many of which are confidential at the defendant’s insistence. Jeb has worked on several cases that led to systemic changes and improvements in public safety. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Georgia SuperLawyer and ranks among Georgia’s legal elite. Jeb graduated in the top 10% of his class at UGA Law, argued on the National Moot Court team, and published in the Law Review. He is the founding partner of Butler Kahn law firm. Connect with me on LinkedIn
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