During this Survey period, the courts in Georgia remained active despite the pandemic. In the property arena, the Survey disclosed only a few decisions from the Georgia Court of Appeals but several from the district courts in Georgia as parties grappled with coverage disputes relating to policy time limits, bad faith, and the effects of COVID-19 on business losses. In the automobile arena, the Georgia Court of Appeals addressed sovereign immunity, and the Georgia Supreme Court refined the “cause test” for evaluating a series of collisions. In the uninsured motorist (UM) arena, the court of appeals weighed in on various issues relating to UM coverage, including late notice, vehicles that qualify for UM coverage, and renewal actions against UM carriers. In the third-party arena, the relevant decisions during the Survey period concerned responses to time-limited demands and the ongoing complexities associated with responding appropriately.
Martin, Thomas D.; Wolff, Bradley S.; and Cave, Maren R.
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