Category: Press

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 […]

The battles over Georgia’s school boards

Written by Firm | Feb 28, 2013 | Press

Today’s federal court hearing challenging the constitutionality of Governor Nathan Deal’s efforts to oust six members of the DeKalb County Board of Education marks the latest round in more than a decade of fighting between Georgia governors and fractious local school boards. The state’s last three governors—Roy Barnes, Sonny Perdue […]

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 […]

Swindall wins $327,000 from Fulton County in case over unpaid rent

Written by Firm | Aug 12, 2012 | News

A jury has found that Fulton County owes more than $327,000 in unpaid rent to the former landlord of the Fulton County Public Defender office at the corner of Trinity and Pryor. Now the county is fighting off a move to collect nearly $76,000 in attorney fees that the landlord, […]