Attorney Jon Pope, a partner at Hasty Pope Davies, LLP, recently presented a seminar on damages for frivolous claims or defense at the 18th Annual General Practice and Trial Institute, presented by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). The seminar, titled Damages Under O.C.G.A. § 9-11-68(E), covered frivolous claims or defense, including what they are and how to pursue damages for them under 9-11-68(E).
According to the presentation, a frivolous claim or defense is one that “lacks substantial justification, [is] not made in good faith, or [is] made with malice/bad purpose.” Damages for a frivolous claim or defense may also be sought when there is an “absence of justiciable issue of law or fact such that it couldn’t be reasonably believed the Court would accept” or in the event of “delay or harassment.”
During the seminar, Jon Pope covered pre-trial considerations, the issue of voir dire, and how to argue these types of cases at trial.
The General Practice and Trial 2020 Institute was held March 12-14 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida. General Practice and Trial is a section of the State Bar of Georgia. Each year, General Practice and Trial puts on this event with the purpose of encouraging and supporting furthered legal education and training. Sponsored by ICLE, the institute provides a space for highly regarded and knowledgeable attorneys to speak on various educational topics and provide invaluable insights for fellow legal professionals.
Jon Pope is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and renowned trial attorney. He has received considerable recognition for his practice and record of results, including being named to the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2013. He was also honored as one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers in 2012 and was selected for inclusion in the 2006, 2009, and 2010 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ lists. In both 2013 and 2014, Jon Pope was included in the Super Lawyers® lists, and he has been recognized in Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Speaking at the 18th Annual General Practice and Trial Institute further distinguishes him as a leader in his legal field.
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