Filing 117

ORDER DENYING 71 Motion to Bifurcate. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE MARC THOMAS TREADWELL on 3/7/2017. (tlh)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA MACON DIVISION WILLIE MARION LANHAM, Plaintiff, v. JERRY SULLIVAN, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:15-CV-246 (MTT) ORDER Defendants have moved to bifurcate the issues of liability and damages claiming “[t]his is not a typical auto wreck case.” Doc. 71. This is true only in the sense that the wreck involved trucks rather than automobiles. It is a routine wreck case. Nothing about the issues of liability or damages suggests any reason to burden the Court, the parties, and the jury with a bifurcated trial. While a defense verdict would in hindsight suggest that a jury did not have to hear medical testimony, and the Court must be diligent to ensure the jury’s decisions are based on the facts and the law and not prejudice or sympathy. That is true in any wreck case. Accordingly, the Defendants’ motion to bifurcate is DENIED. SO ORDERED, this 7th day of March, 2017. S/ Marc T. Treadwell MARC T. TREADWELL, JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

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