J. M. Muse Corp.

Not overruled or negatively treated on appealinfoCoverage
Court of Appeals of GeorgiaFeb 27, 1969
119 Ga. App. 244 (Ga. Ct. App. 1969)
119 Ga. App. 244166 S.E.2d 623




Action for damages. Gordon Superior Court. Before Judge Paschall, Emeritus.

John D. Edge, for appellant.

Woodruff, Savell, Lane Williams, John M. Williams, Ronald L. Davis, for appellees.

Plaintiff brought this suit against his employer alleging an injury by accident arising out of and in the course of the employment. The complaint sought damages at common law and attempted in a general fashion to attack the constitutionality of the Workmen's Compensation Act. The trial court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff's appeal was transferred to this court by the Supreme Court, which held that the allegations of the complaint were not sufficient to raise a constitutional question or to give that court jurisdiction of the appeal. See Ledford v. J. M. Muse Corp., 224 Ga. 617 ( 163 S.E.2d 815). The affidavit supporting the motion for summary judgment stated "that J. M. Muse Corporation was on August 19, 1967, the employer of more than ten (10) employees." Regardless of a typographical error in the affidavit, the date of injury being August 19, 1966, this brief statement was not sufficient to bring the employer within the exclusionary provisions of Code Ann. § 114-107. According to the terms of that Code section, the affidavit should have shown that on the date of the injury the employer had regularly in service ten or more employees in the same business within this State. Regretfully, for these purely technical reasons the summary judgment for defendant must be reversed. However, the employer may file a second motion for summary judgment, submit proof sufficient to show that plaintiff's exclusive remedy was under the Workmen's Compensation Act and thus eliminate any genuine issue of material fact in this action for damages. See Code § 114-103; Southern Wire Iron, Inc. v. Fowler, 217 Ga. 727, 728 ( 124 S.E.2d 738); McLaughlin v. Thompson, Boland Lee, Inc., 72 Ga. App. 564 (1) ( 34 S.E.2d 562). It appears obvious that a sufficient supporting affidavit on a subsequent motion for summary judgment would demand a grant of the motion.

Judgment reversed. Eberhardt and Deen, JJ., concur.