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November 22, 2011 --

Woman wrongfully imprisoned for 2 years over incorrect sentence sheet ATL breaking red-light camera law ATL told to pay parking contractor $3.6M 11Alive investigation nets raid of suspected ‘pill mill’ Fort Benning staff sgt looking for punitive damages from title lender

Summerhill non-profit sues founder after IRS audit

Summerhill non-profit sues founder after IRS audit
September 6, 2010 --

Infighting and tax troubles threaten the future of a citizens’ group founded to improve the Summerhill community near Turner Field. The Summerhill Neighborhood Development Corp. has sued its founder, former state Rep. Douglas Dean, alleging he secretly pledged the nonprofit’s property to back $2.4 million in bank loans — now in default — to benefit a private developer. The non-profit, according to the suit, “now faces the very real possibility of losing substantially all of its real property assets.” In addition, federal tax records list $470,000 in unsecured, interest-free loans from the non-profit to Dean and his wife, and $50,000 to the group’s new CEO. Dean says those payments were reimbursements of money he loaned the non-profit over the years. IRS auditors could find little or no documentation for those debts.

Bank: Candidate Tom Graves trying to evade $2.25M debt

Bank: Candidate Tom Graves trying to evade $2.25M debt
May 27, 2010 --

A North Georgia bank is accusing congressional candidate Tom Graves of attempted fraud for trying to escape a $2.25 million debt. The complaint, filed last week by Bartow County Bank, alleges Graves transferred his home and adjoining properties worth $657,000 into a trust last year to protect it from the debt. For that, the bank would like punitive damages.

Ethics panel’s Proctor sued for alleged lease default, fraud

February 19, 2010 --

Robert Proctor, who resigned a week ago from the State Ethics Commission, is being sued for allegedly defaulting on his law firm’s office lease and fraudulently transferring its assets to a new firm. The complaint seeks damages under the Georgia Fraudulent Transfer Act.

College Park ordered to pay $156K+ in reverse-bias case

College Park ordered to pay $156K+ in reverse-bias case
September 4, 2009 --

A federal jury ruled today that race played a role in 2004 when College Park fired a white department head. The jury awarded Christopher Jones, the city’s former director of economic development, $75,000 each in punitive damages from Councilmen Charles E. Phillips Sr. and Tracey Wyatt, plus attorney’s fees. The award is less than a proposed $740,000 settlement. But the city’s legal fees could add $1 million or more to its tab.

Teacher alleges DeKalb denied services, facilities to disabled students

August 7, 2009 --

DeKalb County denied disabled students access to school facilities and services and then fired a teacher who complained about it, the teacher claims in a lawsuit filed this week in federal court. Social studies teacher Gordon Rolle says he was fired from Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia when he complained about issues involving textbooks, testing for conditions such as autism and access to bathrooms, the media center, counselors and field trips.

Grady board’s chair doctored his contract, ex-CEO says

Grady board's chair doctored his contract, ex-CEO says
June 26, 2009 --

By MAGGIE LEE Ex-Grady Hospital CEO Otis Story claims state Rep. Pamela Stephenson secretly rewrote his contract so she could take his $600,000-a-year job and cut him out of his severance pay. In newly filed court papers, Story contends that Stephenson deleted three pages from his employment agreement and inserted a six-month probationary clause without […]

Stephenson: Ex-Grady CEO’s sexual innuendo slandered her

Stephenson: Ex-Grady CEO's sexual innuendo slandered her
June 23, 2009 --

You thought the years-long soap opera swirling around the top brass at Grady Memorial Hospital couldn’t get any weirder? Think again. State Rep. Pamela Stephenson, in newly filed court papers, claims fired Grady CEO Otis Story slandered her last year. She alleges Story told others that she was sexually available and that she orchestrated his […]

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice
May 6, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS State Rep. Randal Mangham (right) should pay $625,000 in damages for legal malpractice, a DeKalb County jury concluded today. The jury awarded $435,000 in compensatory damages to plaintiff Karen Smith, a former client of Mangham’s, and $190,000 to her lawyers for attorney’s fees. That’s more than double the $293,000 Smith was awarded […]

DeKalb legislator, accused of malpractice, back in court

April 29, 2009 --

A DeKalb County legislator gets his day in court today to defend against a legal malpractice claim that has lingered since 2004. Or not. State Rep. Randal Mangham lost a 2005 trial in the case and was ordered to pay $293,000 to a client who had been injured in an auto accident. Mangham won a […]