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Brett Turnbull Featured in Daily Report Article

Posted by Alan Holcomb | May 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

On May 1, 2020, TCH partner Brett Turnbull was featured in a Daily Report article regarding Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's executive order to re-open the Georgia economy. The article focuses on whether businesses are really immune from COVID-19-related liability under Governor Kemp's order and the implications of such immunity.

As Brett explained to the Daily Report: “First, this is an unprecedented circumstance, and we're in a unique time in evaluating executive power, state power, and the authority the president has bestowed on these governors."

“The thing is," Turnbull said, "when the governor put out that order to reopen, that essentially makes these businesses immune for negligence in how they've handled the reopening; it grants blanket immunity to businesses acting in conformity with the order.”

Citing an “extreme hypothetical, if [a business owner] were made aware that somebody had coronavirus, and they brought them in and served them, they are entitled to immunity from liability as long as they were one of the businesses allowed to be open at that time,” Turnbull said.

“That's the difficulty with immunity; it doesn't allow for circumstantial or case-by-case analysis. It can go too far,” he said. “It's like tort reform—you can throw the baby out with bath water.”

“As attorneys, we recognize this is uncharted territory for the governor and the businesses,” he said. “What we don't want is a situation where people are damned if they do and damned if they don't.”

For a full review of the article, please visit the Daily Report Online.

 About Turnbull, Cain & Holcomb

Turnbull, Cain & Holcomb is a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama. The firm has achieved success throughout the United States, including large jury verdicts in numerous states and in a wide variety of areas, including trucking litigation, products liability, medical malpractice, and car accidents. Our lawyers are consistently ranked in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Georgia Trend, and other prestigious ranking directories.

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Alan Holcomb

From his decade of experience in handling catastrophic injury cases, Alan Holcomb knows that major corporations and insurance companies will never pay the injured fair compensation unless forced to do so by the legal system. It is this philosophy that drives Alan to fight aggressively for his cli...

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