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

False Claims Act Lawsuit By Private Party Requires Governmental Approval

This post was written by Chadd Reynolds and David Cook.

Like many states, Georgia has enacted a False Claims Act, which is an important piece of legislation for public contractors and subcontractors.  The Act is largely similar to the …

Cobb County Board approves $462 million GMP for new Braves stadium

bravesIn May, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved the GMP (guaranteed maximum price) for construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium at $462.2 million. Cobb Chairman Tim Lee said that this price was “where we expected it to be,” …

Local Government Organizations Provide Guidance Regarding Georgia’s Immigration Mandates

The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association have provided guidance to local governments concerning Georgia’s immigration law for public works contracts.  The Georgia General Assembly has enacted several laws in recent years that impact local …

Surety Bond Lesson: Properly Identify the Parties

Surety bonds offer security to owners, contractors, subcontractors, and others for performance of work and payment therefor.  Both payment and performance bonds provide a sense of comfort to parties that rely on bonded parties.  But before relying on surety bonds, …

False Claims Act for Construction Financial Managers and Accountants

AHC attorney David Cook authored an article on the False Claims Act that will appear in the next edition of Building Profits, the magazine of the Construction Financial Management Association.  The article identifies many risks arising from the False …