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

Case Conclusion Date: 12.04.1998

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.

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