latest courtroom session in the ongoing dispute between the
city of Stockbridge and its Downtown Development Authority
saw a sizeable crowd of participants but no new rulings.
a dozen attorneys met in Henry County Superior Court Aug. 7,
mostly because of hearings regarding legal action taken by
Stockbridge against more than 20 different defendants,
including various individuals and organizations who were
participants in real estate transactions involving city
and/or DDA property.
repeatedly argued that many of the transactions cannot be
reversed and, in some cases, certain principals in various
real estate deals are now deceased.
to dismiss the lawsuit is scheduled for Aug. 26. The legal
wrangling began in January, when the city reversed virtually
every action taken in 2013 by the prior administration
regarding the DDA, claiming it was constituted improperly
and was legally void. The city issued a cease-and-desist
order to the DDA after it became clear that the DDA was
continuing in a business-as-usual manner.
February the DDA filed a court action “to determine the
answers to some legal questions,” as DDA chairman J.T.
Williams stated at the time. Shortly after that, the city
filed its suit naming the multiple defendants.
by the DDA for summary judgment was denied by Judge Wade
Crumbley in late June but was refiled July 2, addressing the
issues Crumbley identified in his previous ruling.
was not ruled upon last week, but argument for several
summary judgment motions were heard, Williams said Friday.
made no rulings but said he would take everything under
advisement and rule at a later time. No specific timetable
was set for such rulings.
Williams reiterated his
stance that the ongoing court proceedings have already cost
Stockbridge numerous jobs. He said that potential companies
looking into relocation here have already passed on
Stockbridge because of the legal situation.