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 …

Solar Resources for Universities and Local Governments: City and County Solar PV Training Program

NREL, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, is offering a no-cost PV training program for 50 cities and counties seeking to go solar on their facilities (both buildings and land).

Cities and counties will …

Preparing the Next Generation of Skilled Construction Workers: AGC Workforce Development Plan

AHC Law obtained permission from AGC to publish the links to the results of The Construction Workforce Shortage Survey and the Workforce Development Plan.

In August, Associated General Contractors (AGC) and Autodesk released the results of their 2017 Construction

Savannah homeowners win sizable judgment in mold case against HVAC contractor

Two Savannah homeowners filed a complaint against a local air conditioning contractor and its insurer, asserting claims of professional negligence and fraud. The couple alleged that in March 2009, the contractor replaced the duct system of their home’s air conditioning …

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

Contractor’s Unwritten Contractual Claim Denied by Sovereign Immunity; Mandamus Does Not Help

In a very well-reasoned opinion, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld the denial of a contractor’s unwritten-contract claim against a county based on sovereign immunity.  Based on an alleged oral contract, Contractor built a sewer pumping station for the County

Update on Local Governments’ Constitutional New-Debt Limitation

In prior posts, we have discussed Georgia’s constitutional prohibition against local governments incurring “new debt” without voter approval in the context of public works.  A recent Georgia appellate case addressed the provision in the context of a development impact