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 …

Sovereign Immunity Among Political Subdivisions?

The Georgia Supreme Court sent an intergovernmental dispute over taxation of alcoholic beverages back to the lower court.  This case arose out of a dispute over the allocation of taxes on alcoholic beverages at the Atlanta airport.  The court remanded

Public Owner Not Liable for Forged Non-Statutory Bond

When a cleaning contractor failed to pay its employees for cleaning services at a university, its employees sued the Board of Regents (BOR), asserting various creative arguments.  For instance, they argued that the BOR and university were negligent in failing …