Articles by Kate Brumback and Jeff Amy

Georgia Gov, Atlanta to Continue Mediation on Mask Order

Georgia’s governor has withdrawn a request for an emergency order to block the state’s largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic while a lawsuit on the matters is …

Georgia Governor, Atlanta Officials Ordered to Mediation Over Mask Mandate Dispute

The judge overseeing a dispute between Georgia’s governor and the state’s capital over restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic has ordered the two sides to try to reach a settlement. Atlanta is among more than a dozen local jurisdictions statewide …

Lawsuit Accuses Georgia Sheriff of Failing to Protect Inmates from Coronavirus

Overcrowded cells, a lack of personal protective equipment and limited access to cleaning and sanitation supplies are putting people in a Georgia jail at risk of exposure to the coronavirus outbreak, a federal lawsuit says. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill …

Georgia Man Accused of Defrauding Employer Over COVID-19

A Georgia man faces charges after authorities say he lied to his employer that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Santwon Antonio Davis, 34, is charged with defrauding his employer, the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said in a news …

Georgia Businesses May Be Slow to Reopen Despite Governor’s Encouragement

Gov. Brian Kemp’s call to reopen shuttered businesses in Georgia left many business owners wary and confused this week as they considered how to protect themselves and their customers in a state where coronavirus deaths exceed 800 and confirmed infections …

Parents of Georgia Tech Student Shot by Campus Police Officer Sue School

The parents of a Georgia Tech student killed by a campus police officer two years ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school, the university system and the officer. Authorities have said university police officer Tyler Beck fatally …

Lawsuit: Negligence Caused Legionnaires’ Outbreak at Atlanta Hotel

A lawsuit filed Monday alleges “negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems” caused a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel that killed one person and potentially sickened dozens. State and county health officials are investigating …

Court: Georgia Worker Not Protected from Firing Because of Sexual Orientation

A federal appeals court in Atlanta last week reaffirmed its decision that workers aren’t protected against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, though two of the 11 judges strongly disagreed. Gerald Lynn Bostock asserted in a lawsuit originally filed in …

Georgia Jury Hands Down $1B Verdict Against Security Company in Rape Suit

A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl. Hope Cheston was outside by some picnic tables with her boyfriend during a party …

Atlanta’s Computer Network Hit by Cyber Attack

City officials worked around the clock Friday to get things up and running again after a ransomware cyberattack that hobbled the city of Atlanta’s computer network last week. The city’s information security team noticed that something was amiss with the …