Paul Scott is a Brunswick-based lawyer whose practice is devoted exclusively to civil litigation in such areas as catastrophic personal injury, trucking accidents, products liability (defective goods and products), breach of warranty, general civil litigation, employment law, and business disputes. Paul represents plaintiffs and defendants. In addition to representing individuals and small businesses, Paul has represented some of the world's most-recognized companies, including a Fortune 50 corporation and an internationally-known fashion designer. Paul has also defended Georgia judges, sheriffs, and counties in civil lawsuits.
Paul has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating. According to Martindale-Hubbell’s website, “AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” Paul was also named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star, an honor given to no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Georgia.
Professional negligence. Represented clients in health-care cases, such as medical malpractice claims, and obtained favorable settlements. The names of clients and defendants are not disclosed to protect the privacy of our clients, and in some instances, due to confidentiality agreements.
Trucking accidents. Paul has extensive experience with trucking and tractor-trailer accidents. Paul is experienced in responding the same day (24 hours a day, seven days a week) to any accident, with services that include interviewing witnesses, the police and/or driver, collecting and preserving evidence, timely investigating the accident, locating witnesses, securing witness statements and surveillance videos, and coordinating any necessary testing. Paul is experienced in coordinating experts in the field of accident reconstruction, commercial vehicle mechanics, conspicuity, and electronic control module (ECM) download.
Commercial law. Representing the plaintiff in this case, the defendants failed to file a timely answer and a $1.6 million default judgment was entered. The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the default judgment, holding that the judgment was not void because the interest rate was allegedly usurious. HRB, LLC v. Alexander, 440 Fed. Appx. 781 (11th Cir. 2011)
ERISA and non-ERISA compensation plans. Represented client in competing claims over correct beneficiary of severalERISA andnon-ERISA deferred compensation plans. The client recovered over $2.5 million of the $3.1 million dollars at stake.
Professional negligence / destruction of evidence. Represented patient of a medical provider who sustained life-changing injuries as a result of the provider's negligence. After hiring a forensic document examiner and proving that the medical provider altered the patient's medical records, the case settled for the provider's policy limits of insurance.
A case of first impression under the False Claims Act with national media coverage. Represented a whistleblower in a False Claims Act action against a hospital and a medical doctor claiming that certain endovascular services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by a physician constituted false claims because the services were worthless. The United States Department of Justice intervened and the hospital subsequently settled for $840,000. The case received significant press coverage in the local media (newspapers and television), national media (Forbes online and Yahoo! news), and also in legal trade publications. Both Health Lawyers Weekly and Credentialing & Peer Review Legal Insider noted that this case was a case of first impression. U.S. ex rel. Rogers v. Azmat, et al., (United States District Court, S.D. Ga.).
A case of first impression involving appellate practice and the RICO Act. The plaintiff sued several employees of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and two testing companies, claiming that all of the defendants violated the RICO Act and that the testing companies committed state-law torts. The district court dismissed the RICO claims, holding that a RICO plaintiff had to allege that it relied on a false statement to state a wire or mail fraud claim, and the plaintiff had not alleged first-party reliance. The case proceeded to trial against one of the testing companies, who was represented by a different law firm. Before the entry of the final judgment, however, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that a RICO plaintiff does not have to allege that it relied on a false statement to state a wire or mail fraud claim. Appealing the dismissal of the RICO claims, the plaintiff argued that the Supreme Court’s opinion resuscitated its RICO claims. Faced with this change in the law, Special Assistant Attorney General Todd Carter and Paul on brief argued that the plaintiff waived its right to rely on this new decision because the plaintiff failed to bring the change in the law to the district court's attention before the entry of final judgment. Notably, BRBCSW's clients, the GDOT employees, were the only parties to make this argument in this appeal. In a case of first impression, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit agreed with BRBCSW's clients, holding that when there is a relevant change in the law before entry of final judgment, a party generally must notify the district court; if the party fails to do so, it waives arguments on appeal that are based on that change in the law. As a result, all of the RICO claims were dismissed. Douglas Asphalt Co. v. QORE, Inc., 657 F.3d 1146 (11th Cir. 2011)
Maritime law. Represented several defendants in a maritime action where the plaintiff sustained burns to over 90% of his body. The plaintiff sought to recover over $3.2 million in medical bills, over $450,000 for future medical care, and pain and suffering damages. Through an extremely aggressive defense, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the case against BRBCSW's clients in exchange for $25,000, representing 0.68% of the plaintiff’s past medical bills. Muhs v. River Rats, Inc., 586 F. 1364 (S.D.Ga. 2008)
First Amendment. Represented county sheriff. The plaintiff, a tow-truck operator, actively campaigned for the sheriff’s opponent during the campaign for the sheriff's office, and the sheriff removed the plaintiff from the wrecker-rotation list one week after the sheriff defeated his opponent. Notably, plaintiff’s counsel represented a tow-truck operator in a similar case and prevailed in the United States Supreme Court. O'Hare Truck Serv. v. City of Northlake, 518 U.S. 712 (1996). Granting summary judgment for the sheriff, the district court found that the sheriff provided an acceptable basis for removing the tow-truck operator from the rotation list. Smithey v. McDuffie, 2010 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 144291 (S.D. Ga. 2010). As a result, the case was dismissed against the sheriff.
Fourth Amendment. In this case, law enforcement officers suspected that the plaintiffs were hosting an underage-drinking party, and the officers entered the plaintiffs’ home to arrest the occupants. One of the plaintiffs was charged with underage possession of alcohol and the other plaintiff was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, maintaining a disorderly house, and obstructing an officer. The trial court found that the officers’ entry into the home was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment and the Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed. State v. Ealum, 283 Ga. App. 799 (2007). With the criminal charges dismissed, the plaintiffs sued the officers in a civil lawsuit seeking to recover money damages for the officers’ unconstitutional entry and arrests. BRBCSW defended the civil lawsuit. BRBCSW moved for summary judgment and the district court dismissed all of the claims against the officers. As a result, even though the Georgia Court of Appeals found that the officers violated the plaintiffs' rights under the Fourth Amendment, BRBCSW's defense of the officers in the civil case resulted in the federal court dismissing all of the plainitffs' civil claims and the officers not paying any money to the plaintiffs. Ealum v. Wilcox, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144287 (M.D. Ga. 2010)
Products liability /Lemon Law / Regulatory Compliance. Defended manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles in various claims such as products liability, unfair business practices, express warranty, lemon law, revocation, implied warranty, deceptive trade, failure of essential purpose, andMagnuson-Moss. Represented automobile manufacture in numerous lemon-lawarbitrations before the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. Paul also advises an international automobile manufacture regarding certain disclosures that the State of Georgia imposes on manufactures in connection with the sale of a new motor vehicle.
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