County Sovereign Immunity Invokes Change-Order Ordinance

The recent case of Fulton County v. Soco Contracting Company, Inc. addresses two very interesting questions for local government attorneys.  First, can a county ordinance bolster a defense of sovereign immunity against a contractor’s claims?  Second, can a county waive …

Difficult Problems in Public Works, Bidding, Procurement, and Contracting

AHC Attorney David Cook recently presented to the Institute for City and County Attorneys in Athens, Georgia on September 15, 2017, concerning “Difficult Problems in Public Works, Bidding, Procurement, and Contracting.”  It is helpful for local governments to periodically review …

Georgia appellate court supports county claim against surety company’s failure to pay

In 2015, Hall County (Georgia) brought legal action against Selective Insurance Company of America, Inc., the surety company for contractor Ruby Forrest. Hall County had contracted Ruby Forrest to complete and maintain sidewalk systems within three residential subdivisions that Ruby …

U.S. State Adoption of the National Electrical Code

From the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) website; ESFI.org.

 

What is the National Electrical Code?

 

Did you know that as of 2017, there have been 15 revisions of The National Electrical Code since 1975, the year the …

City Potentially Liable for Cost Overrun on Not-to-Exceed Public Works Contract

On a public works construction project, a contractor incurred additional costs and asserted a claim against the city.  The city denied the claim because the contract had a not-to-exceed price, and the city council and mayor did not approve contract

Georgia Supreme Court Addresses Presentment Requirement for Outside County Attorneys

Yesterday the Georgia Supreme Court just addressed the presentment requirement — the 12-month deadline to present a claim to a county.  The Georgia Court of Appeals had previously ruled that presentment of a claim to an county’s outside attorney is …