Malibu Appeals $200 million verdict in Batchelder case

A quote from Malibu’s August 15, 2022 appeal in the Batchelder case is below:

“Defendant Malibu Boats, LLC herby appeals to the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia from the Final Judgement entered on August 28, 2021 including all adverse ruling sustained therein and all subsequent adverse rulings including but not limited to ….”

The Superior Court of Rabun County Georgia reaffirmed the original August 2021 verdict on July 18, 2022 and informed Malibu they had 30 days to appeal, which Malibu did on August 15, 2022.

This legal case resulted from the July 17,2014 death of 7 year old Ryan Batchelder on Lake Burton in Georgia.

Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin represented the Batchelder family. Their press release after the initial verdict was rendered discusses some of the earlier history of the Batchelder case.

A major element of the case was Malibu’s awareness of certain open bow ski boats taking water over the bow. We recently published an article showing how boat manufacturers can use several of the tools we have placed online to monitor the post sale safety of their products and take action when safety issues arise vs. waiting til they are sued.

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