Donavan Eason Pens Article for Georgia Defense Lawyer
Savannah, Ga. (April 29, 2021) - Savannah Associate Donavan Eason recently published an article titled “The Viability of Contractually-Shortened Tort Limitation Periods in Landlord-Tenant Lease Agreements” for the Winter 2021 issue of Georgia Defense Lawyer, a publication of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. The article discusses the implications of a Supreme Court of Georgia decision concerning tort limitation clauses in landlord-tenant lease agreements.
In the article, Mr. Eason describes and analyzes the case of Langley v. MP Spring Lake, LLC, in which the plaintiff filed suit against her landlord two years after falling in a common area of her apartment complex. The landlord-tenant agreement at issue provided that legal actions needed to be filed within one year of an alleged occurrence.
Mr. Eason examines the trial and appellate court’s analyses regarding the limitations period in the subject lease agreement and discusses the potential implications of the Supreme Court of Georgia’s ultimate disposition of the matter in favor of the plaintiff. Explaining that questions regarding limitations periods in landlord-tenant agreements still remain following Langley, Mr. Eason observes that “while Langley functionally denied the defense to Spring Lake in this instance, the ultimate issue the case presented remains very much unsettled.”
Mr. Eason is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ General Liability, Transportation, and Hospitality Practices. He regularly defends actions pertaining to premises liability, automobile/trucking liability, and product liability. In addition, Mr. Eason currently serves as the Chairperson of the Committee on Disaster Legal Assistance of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD). He was also recently selected to participate in the 2021 YLD Leadership Academy.