When a group interested in forming a cooperative is deciding between a cooperative structured as a corporation and a cooperative structured as an LLC, the… Read More »Formation Documents for Cooperatives Structured as Corporations
Roland F. Hall
This final post in the series addresses sales of preferred shares. Unlike common shares, preferred shares can offer dividends and in most states, can be… Read More »Selling Preferred Shares in Cooperatives
Groups interested in forming a cooperative that is structured as a for-profit corporation often have questions about how shares are issued, who can purchase shares,… Read More »Legal Requirements for Selling Common Shares in Cooperatives
One of the initial questions for a group forming a cooperative in Georgia is whether the cooperative should be legally organized in Georgia or in… Read More »Where Should We Organize Our Cooperative?
The following article is reprinted with permission from Cooperative Grocer, March/April 2018.
AHC attorney Roland Hall was recently interviewed for an article on the trend toward more transparency and openness in cooperative governance. The article appeared in the July/August issue of the National Cooperative Business Association’s Cooperative Business Journal. The full article can be accessed here.Read More »AHC Attorney Discusses Cooperative Governance and Transparency Issues
Broadband over power line (BPL) technology is designed to use existing power lines to provide broadband Internet access to businesses and consumers. In the early 2000s BPL was promoted by providers as a viable alternative to DSL and cable broadband offerings, especially in rural areas where there was no other means of broadband access. Although FCC put BPL on the fast track, the amateur radio community was strongly opposed to BPL on the basis that BPL equipment would interfere with the amateur radio wave bands. The FCC rules have been the subject of petitions and court proceedings, and nine years after the FCC initiated the rulemaking process, the process still continues. Read More »Leading Broadband over Power Line Provider Closes its Doors
Many electric cooperatives are currently in the process of considering or moving forward with advanced metering infrastructure projects. AMI projects are complex and require consideration not only of purchase and installation issues, but also of maintenance, warranties, and long-term performance requirements. Also, because key components of the equipment and software required often come from different vendors, sophisticated project management is required to coordinate and ensure completion of required integration and interfaces. To ensure that all parties’ objectives are met, a thorough and balanced AMI agreement should be developed that documents project requirements and expectations.Read More »Drafting Agreements for Smart Meter Projects
Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Statute of Limitations Benefitting Electric Cooperatives
In the context of reviewing the viability of landowners’ nuisance claims against a Georgia electric cooperative, the Supreme Court of Georgia in Daniel v. Amicalola EMC recently rejected the landowners’ constitutional challenge to the one-year statute of limitations for rights of action resulting from an electric cooperative’s acquisition of an easement or use of the land of others. The court found a rational basis for the statue arising from the origin and nature of electric cooperatives. Read More »Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Statute of Limitations Benefitting Electric Cooperatives