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GEORGIA HIGHWAY EXPRESS, INC. v. WHALEY.
66360.
BANKE, Judge.
Action on debt. Glynn State Court. Before Judge Adams.
The defendant appeals an order denying its motion under the provisions of OCGA 9-11-60 (d) (Code Ann. 81A-160) to set aside a default judgment entered when it failed to answer the call of the case for trial. The record shows without dispute that defendant's counsel had previously withdrawn from the case and had notified the court. In spite of this fact, the only notice of the trial date was sent to the former counsel who made no effort to inform his former client. Held:
The notice provided to former counsel was not sufficient to meet the statutory notice requirement set forth in OCGA 9-11-40 (c) (Code Ann. 81A-140). The order denying the motion to set aside is consequently reversed, based on the presence of a non-amendable defect apparent on the face of the record. See generally OCGA 9-11-60 (d) (Code Ann. 81A-160); Wilkes v. Ricks, 126 Ga. App. 266 (190 SE2d 603) (1972); Tallman Pools of Ga. v. Napier, 137 Ga. App. 500 (1) (224 SE2d 426) (1976). Cf. McNally v. Stonehenge, Inc., 242 Ga. 258 (248 SE2d 653) (1978).
W. Eugene Caldwell, for appellee.
Ivan H. Nathan, for appellant.
DECIDED MAY 17, 1983.
Thursday May 21 19:38 EDT


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