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Woman drops complaint against former Hall County Clinic doctor
Criminal case still open
Philip Marler
R. Philip Marler

A woman who had filed a lawsuit against a former Hall County Clinic doctor asked Friday to have her complaint dismissed roughly two weeks before it was set to go to trial, according to court documents.

The woman alleged her doctor, Robert Philip Marler, touched her “without consent and beyond medical guidelines” at the Hall County Health Center Clinic in July 2016.

The lawsuit was originally filed in June 2018.

The plaintiff, through her attorney William Oliver, filed the request for dismissal Friday, Aug. 9.

The case was slated for trial Aug. 26. All of the Hall County judges had recused themselves.

“From the outset, this was a case we would have tried and defended throughout because I’ve known Philip for years and never believed there was any merit to it,” defense attorney Weymon Forrester said Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Forrester said he was contacted by Oliver about the plaintiff withdrawing the case.

There was no settlement.

“We always believed Dr. Marler did not do what he was alleged to have done,” Forrester said.

Oliver did not return multiple calls from The Times seeking comment.

A criminal case alleging multiple counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and simple battery is still open.

Regarding the criminal accusation, defense attorney Robert Rubin previously told The Times he expects to “educate the parties involved to show them that Dr. Marler acted professionally and properly at all times and that he did not commit any crimes of simple or sexual battery upon the complainants.”

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