J. Robb Cruser and Rusty Grant obtained a defense verdict in a Fulton County State Court, where jurors rejected a lawsuit seeking damages against a car rental company for false arrest and false imprisonment.
Plaintiff rented and later returned a vehicle in College Park, Georgia. Defendant had sworn out an arrest warrant against plaintiff, contending that defendant had the vehicle 20 days longer than was agreed upon. Although defendant notified authorities that plaintiff had returned the vehicle, plaintiff was arrested, charged with making terroristic threats and theft by conversion. She was booked into Fulton County Jail, where she remained for three days. All charges were later dropped.
Plaintiff accused defendant of false swearing, false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and racketeering and alleged that she had contacted defendant to extend the vehicle rental. Defendant contended that it gave plaintiff ample opportunity to return the vehicle, which could not be located, and that phone calls to plaintiff were not returned. Defendant argued it was justified in swearing out an arrest warrant and acted appropriately in notifying authorities when the vehicle was returned. The jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating for two hours.