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Court tosses $35 million verdict for beating near Six Flags

Joshua Martin, then 19, went to Six Flags Over Georgia on July 3, 2007, to celebrate one of his friends being accepted to college.

After spending the day at Six Flags, Martin was viciously assaulted by

gang members just outside the theme park at a Cobb Community Transit bus stop. He suffered brain damage and spent seven days in a coma.

In 2013, a Cobb jury found Six Flags and four men who assaulted Martin liable for the attack. Jurors told Six Flags to pay $32.2 million in damages to Martin and his four attackers to pay $2.8 million.

But the Georgia Court of Appeals recently threw out that verdict and ordered a new trial. To read The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's story on that decision, please go here on

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