Bulloch Co. wrongful death lawsuit appeal heads to Supreme Court

Bulloch Co. wrongful death lawsuit appeal heads to Supreme Court
The incident happened at Rude Rudy's in Statesboro in August of 2014. (Source: WTOC)

STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - The parents of a Georgia Southern University freshman are appealing a Bulloch County judge’s decision that the city of Statesboro and city clerk were not liable for their then-18-year-old son’s death.

Michael Gatto died after a bouncer slammed him into the ground at a Statesboro bar in August of 2014.

According to court documents, Gatto’s parents sued the city and city clerk in 2016, claiming negligence by allowing the bar to remain open despite knowing about repeated criminal activity.

The judge ruled in favor of the city, saying it has immunity to the nuisance claims. The state Court of Appeals upheld the decision.

The Gatto’s are now bringing the case to the Georgia Supreme Court in hopes that it will reverse the state’s ruling. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments and decide if the protection applies to a nuisance claim when someone has been harmed.

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