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Q: What is ligon v bartis

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Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Ligon v. Bartis involved a personal injury matter which ultimately made its way to the Georgia Court of Appeals - twice.

The first decision was handed down in 2000. The case cite is Ligon v. Bartis, 243 Ga. App. 328, 530 S.E.2d 773 (2000). The issue at hand pertained to a motion to enforce a settlement agreement. The Court of Appeals held that the parties had a binding settlement despite the fact that one of the attorneys may have acted without his client's authorization in entering into the settlement.

The second decision was handed down in 2002. The case cite is Ligon v. Bartis, 254 Ga. App. 154, 561 S.E.2d 831 (2002). In this second decision, the litigant who lost in the 2000 case (Ligon) attempted to litigate the same issues. The Court of Appeals was not having it. The Court noted its earlier ruling was binding, and Ligon was prohibited from relitigating his claims. The Court discussed it could have imposed frivolous appeal penalties but it declined to do so.

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