Discovery period of Gatto v. City of Statesboro lawsuit extended

Former Georgia Southern University student Michael J. Gatto died after being assaulted at former Statesboro Bar, Rude Rudy’s. The Gatto family is suing the city of Statesboro for more than $11 million. 

McClain Baxley and Matthew Enfinger

The discovery period for the Gatto v. City of Statesboro lawsuit for more than $11 million has been pushed back to June 15.

According to court documents, the original discovery period expired on April 19, but a proposal made by both parties to extend the discovery period was granted on Wednesday.

Both parties have to identify any additional individuals or entities they want to depose by Thursday.

The lawsuit follows the death of former Georgia Southern University student Michael J. Gatto, who died after being assaulted at the now-closed Statesboro bar Rude Rudy’s.

Michael and Katherine Gatto, parents of Michael J. Gatto, are continuing to sue the city of Statesboro for more than $11 million under the following counts:

  • Count 1: Negligence: Ministerial breach and failure to supervise
  • Count 2: Nuisance
  • Count 3: Nuisance created by defendant: Statesboro’s changes to the alcohol ordinance
  • Count 4: Punitive damages
  • Count 5: Expenses of litigation

Counts can be viewed in more detail here.

According to courthouse documents, all dispositive motions must be filed no later than July 23.

McClain Baxley, The George-Anne Sports Editor, [email protected] 

Matthew Enfinger, The George-Anne News Editor, [email protected]