Summary Judgment in Wrongful Death Apartment Fire
September 28, 2021 (Atlanta, GA) – Hawkins Parnell & Young litigator Bryan Grantham secured summary judgment for his client in a premises liability case related to an apartment fire. The case involved a fire set by an arsonist at an apartment building in Atlanta, resulting in the death of a tenant. The estate of the deceased filed a lawsuit against the limited liability company that owned the apartment and the single member of the LLC. In the motion for summary judgment, the defense argued that the single-member of the LLC could not be liable individually and was insulated from liability by the Georgia LLC statute. Plaintiff countered that personal decisions as to which fire safety equipment to install in the apartment building could make the single-member liable in his individual capacity. The Court sided with the defense and granted summary judgment to the individual member of the LLC.