Quimbee logo with url
From our private database of 14,900+ case briefs...

Bryant v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.

Georgia Court of Appeals
585 S.E.2d 723 (2003)


In 1997, Carolyn Bryant was suffering from cardiovascular problems. For treatment, Carolyn’s doctor prescribed both Betapace and Posicor. Posicor was manufactured and distributed by Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. (defendant), and was used to treat high blood pressure. Shortly after Carolyn took Posicor, her husband, Clyde Bryant (Bryant) (plaintiff), found her collapsed at the bottom of a set of stairs. Carolyn was determined to have suffered severe brain injuries. Bryant brought a suit against Hoffmann-La Roche under a theory of strict liability for design defect, claiming that Posicor’s interaction with Betapace had caused Carolyn’s injuries. At trial, Bryant provided expert-witness testimony suggesting that Posicor was defectively designed and had not been properly tested. The trial court granted Hoffmann-La Roche’s motions for summary judgment and to exclude the testimony of Bryant’s expert witness. Bryant appealed the decisions.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Adams, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 284,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,900 briefs, keyed to 201 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.