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Sep 29, 2020

Georgia Supreme Court Halts Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Fourteen year old Tomari Jackson of Georgia, U.S.A drowned in February 2016 in the Sibun River. Jackson was in Belize with more than thirty other students on a school trip at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The group went swimming in the Sibun River, which runs behind the sanctuary, and that is when he drowned. Jackson’s mother, Adell Forbes lodged a wrongful death lawsuit against the school, chaperones and the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. On Monday the the Georgia Supreme Court ruled to halt a wrongful death lawsuit. The court unanimously ruled that Forbes could not proceed with the lawsuit since it was not filed within the one-year time period required by the laws of Belize.  Part of the lawsuit regarding Forbes’ personal injury claims can still proceed.

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