$200 million jury award reaffirmed after court rejects all post-trial Malibu motions, including its motion for a new trial

Ryan Batchelder’s parents with lawyers Don Fountain, Drew Ashby, Julie Littky-Rubin, Ben Whitman, Max Thelen

Justice for Ryan Batchelder was served when a Rabun County jury announced their $200 million verdict in August 2021,”

— Don Fountain, Senior Counsel, Clark Fountain

CLAYTON, GEORGIA, USA, July 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Justice for Ryan Batchelder was served when a Rabun County jury announced their $200 million verdict in August 2021,” said Don Fountain, Senior Counsel. “We support the judge’s finding that there was no legal basis to proceed with a new trial.”

Malibu LLC has 30 days to decide whether to appeal. If so, they must post bail for the judgment.

In 2014, the Batchelder family rented a Malibu Response LX 2000 open bow ski boat for a family reunion held at Lake Burton in Rabun County, Georgia. While the boat was operating at around 5-7 mph and properly loaded at hundreds of pounds of weight below maximum rated capacity, the bow carrying four children was submerged taking young Ryan into the water.

In an effort to prevent the boat from sinking, the operator, who did not see Ryan leave the boat, briefly put the boat into reverse, and Ryan became entangled in the boat’s unguarded propeller. He died from drowning and major injuries resulting in extensive blood loss.

Following a three-week trial in August 2021, lead counsel Don Fountain and his partners Julie H. Littky-Rubin, Ben J. Whitman and Georgia trial attorneys Drew Ashby and Max Thelen have earned the jury record verdict of $200 million against Malibu Boats. LLC.

Press Release: Company Obtains $200 Million Verdict Against Malibu Boats LLC

For more information, contact Don Fountain at 561-899-2144.

Case information:
File No. 2016-CV-0114-C
Rabun County, Georgia

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