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LIGHTFOOT WIN FOR SOUTH ALABAMA BRICK CO.
On Friday, March 18, 2016, the Alabama Supreme Court reversed a $12.6 million judgment entered against South Alabama Brick Co. and remanded the case to the Circuit Court of Mobile County for entry of a judgment in favor of the defendant. Lightfoot, Franklin and White attorneys William Brooks and Ivan Cooper represented South Alabama Brick Company in the appeal, alongside Wes Pipes and William Watts, III of Pipes, Hudson & Watts, LLP and Bert Taylor of Taylor Ritter, P.C.
In 2010, a worker fell through a skylight while working on the roof of a South Alabama Brick Co. warehouse in Mobile, Alabama, and suffered catastrophic injuries in the 20 foot fall to the floor below. Following a bench trial, the Mobile County Circuit Court entered a judgment for $12.6 million in compensatory damages against South Alabama Brick Co. on premises liability claims. On appeal, the Alabama Supreme Court held in a 5-0 opinion found that, as the premises owner, South Alabama Brick Co. did not have a legal duty to warn workers of the danger of being on the roof near the skylights.