Edgar v. Riley, 725 So.2d 982 (Ala.Civ.App. 1998)

Stanley P. Walker

Case Conclusion Date:December 4, 1998

Practice Area:Litigation

Outcome:Plaintiff's verdict at trial level and upheld on appeal - first case in state history to uphold the legal principle that owners of a dog are charged with knowledge of the viscious propensities of the breed of dog

Description:A child was viciously attacked on a neighbor's property by the neighbor's pitt bulldog. This was my first solo civil jury trial, and the jury returned a verdict in my client's favor. On appeal, this case was the first in Alabama to uphold the legal principle that the owners of a dog are charged with knowledge of the viscious propensities of the breed of dog, regardless of the lack of prior acts of the dog in accordance with those propensities.