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James “Jimmy” Hurt (J.D. ’03)

The Daily Report, May 2, 2014

Atlanta is Sued Over ‘Secret’ Water Fees

Lawyers filed a potential class action against the city of Atlanta, claiming the city illegally charges its own Department of Watershed Management to use the city’s infrastructure—payments that are passed to customers as “secret” bills that are essentially extra taxes.

The money goes to the city’s general fund, according to city records attached to the case filed in Fulton County Superior Court, the story says.

“The Franchise Fee Ordinance is illegal, because under Georgia general law and the City of Atlanta Charter, the city of Atlanta may not charge a franchise fee against its own publicly owned water department as if Watershed Management was a separate, private, third-party utility such as AT&T or Comcast,” says the suit. It was brought for two property owners. According to the story, James “Jimmy” Hurt is lead plaintiff in the case.

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