Category: News

Fulton will pay tax chief’s legal fees

Written by Firm | Jun 21, 2013 | News

Fulton County taxpayers have already been funding a take-home SUV for Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand, the state’s highest-paid elected official. Now they’re paying for his lawyer, too, at a price of $275 an hour. The county is hiring a private attorney to defend Ferdinand against a lawsuit filed by north […]

Fulton tax chief reinstates critic’s auto tag

Written by Firm | May 29, 2013 | News

A struggle over power and accountability between the Fulton County tax chief and a north Fulton commissioner took another turn Wednesday. Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand reinstated the auto registration on a 2004 Jeep driven by Commissioner Liz Hausmann’s 24-year-old daughter, meaning she can use it again without fear of arrest. […]

Bill exempts some lawyers from lobbyist registration

Written by Firm | Apr 4, 2013 | News

A change in Georgia’s laws meant to clarify who is exempt from registering as a lobbyist could make it easier for some lawyers to avoid registering, according to some lawmakers and government transparency proponents. Under House Bill 142, attorneys don’t have to register as long as they are “not compensated […]

‘This is about skin tint,’ lawyer for condo owner says of lawsuit

Written by Firm | Mar 22, 2013 | News

A case unfolding in Fulton County Superior Court adds a new twist to complaints that police officers use overly tinted windows as a pretext for traffic stops that are actually based on racial or ethnic profiling. An attorney for Deon Grant, the NFL safety who helped power the New York […]

Deal’s DeKalb dilemma provides no easy solution

Written by Firm | Feb 25, 2013 | News

Gov. Nathan Deal has suggested he’ll suspend six of the nine members of the DeKalb’s troubled school board on Monday, but whether his decision will stick is another story. Hearings are scheduled in state and federal court this week over challenges to a law that gives Deal the power to […]

City, Georgia Tech Foundation reach settlement in Crum & Forster suit

Written by Firm | Jan 9, 2013 | News

The almost half-decade long fight for the Crum & Forster building brought together lawyers for the Georgia Tech Foundation (GTF), private citizens who believe the City of Atlanta is bypassing its own preservation regulations, as well as outside counsels for both the City and the City’s Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) to Fulton County […]

Judge halts Ga. law on ‘prompt pay’ for some health plans

Written by Firm | Jan 6, 2013 | News

A federal judge has halted enforcement of a Georgia law requiring employer-funded health benefit plans to pay employee claims in as little as 15 days. U.S. District Judge William Duffey Jr. of the Northern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction Dec. 31 enjoining amendments to the state’s 14-year-old “prompt […]