Recent Court of Appeals decision highlights the specific requirements of Georgia’s ante litem notice statute
By: Amy B. Cowan
In recent years, the Georgia Court of Appeals has consistently held that Georgia’s municipal ante litem notice statute requires that any notice of claim served upon a city must contain the specific amount of monetary damages sought stated …
Our Employee Said What Online? Public Entities and Employee Speech in the Digital Age
By: Paul H. Derrick
Unlike their private-sector counterparts, employees of municipalities, counties, and other public entities have work-related free speech rights that enjoy varying levels of First Amendment protection. Supreme Court law is clear on that broad point, although its …
Georgia City Sues County Over Dispute in Providing Emergency Services
By: A. Ali Sabzevari
A dispute between a Georgia city and county over the delivery of emergency services has cascaded into the courts. Recently, the City of Tifton filed suit against Tift County to prevent the County from providing extrication …
Stop “IT”: Does Clowning Around Violate the Law?
By: Kevin Stone
Recently, like whack-a-mole, creepy clowns have been popping up throughout the country in unusual places, as reported here, here, and here. In some instances, their presence is simply eerie—“A woman walking home late one …
The Ferguson Effect: The Future of Law Enforcement and Crime Rates in America?
By: Sara Brochstein
As tensions increase throughout the United States, the debate over the “Ferguson effect” theory remains highly visible in the foreground. The theory suggests that increased attention and scrutiny of the police in light of the highly publicized …