Renewal Action against Guardian Ad Litem Dismissed
John Bunyan and Shannon Sprinkle won dismissal of a complaint against a guardian ad litem filed by the parent of children she represented in a proceeding to modify visitation rights. John and Shannon had previously defended the case in federal court, garnering a dismissal of federal claims and holding the dismissal on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit. Plaintiff re-filed defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims in state court after the federal court declined to exercise jurisdiction. John and Shannon successfully demonstrated that the plaintiff failed to timely re-file the claims under Georgia’s renewal statute and could not allege new claims against the guardian ad litem in the renewal action.