Mar 22, 2022

Georgia Supreme Court Addresses Product Liability and User’s Intentional Misbehavior

Hands-Free Cell Phone Holder to Prevent Distracted Driving

In Maynard v. Snapchat, Inc., Case No. S21G0555 (decided March 15, 2022), the Georgia Supreme Court examined whether an injured party could assert a product liability claim when the third-party user of the product had engaged in intentionally wrongful behavior.  The Georgia Supreme Court concluded that a complaint alleging such a claim could survive a motion to dismiss. Mr. Maynard suffered injury in a traffic accident.  The other party who hit Mr. Maynard’s vehicle was driving over 100 miles per hour while using the “Speed Filter” feature of Snapchat to record her speed and display it as part of a… Read more

Nov 2, 2020



The case of Maynard v. Snapshot, Inc., Case No. A20A1218 (decided October 30, 2020), returned to the Georgia Court of Appeals. This time, the focus of the case was on an important issue of product liability law in Georgia. The case involved a role that the popular social media app Snapchat played in an automobile accident. The app contains a “speed filter” that allows you “snap” and post a photograph that shows the speed at which the user is moving. A driver was attempting to reach the speed of 100 mph so that she could capture that speed on a… Read more

Jun 5, 2018

Distracted Driving and Snapchat

Distracted Driving: woman on cell phone

In Maynard v. Snapchat, Inc., Case No. A18A0749 (decided June 5, 2018), the Georgia Court of Appeals addressed a tragic situation involving an automobile accident caused by distracted driving and the popular application Snapchat. The Maynards were injured in a traffic accident involving another automobile. According to an affidavit given by a passenger in that other vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle was using the Snapchat application at the time of the accident. The Snapchat application allows the user to take temporary photos and videos and share them. The application has various filters that allow the user to include… Read more