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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/15/13
Eleventh Circuit Affirms City's Position in Task Force Lawsuit
ATLANTA - Today the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the City of Atlanta in a federal lawsuit brought by the Metropolitan Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless (Task Force).
The Task Force filed the original lawsuit in 2008 when the city sought to collect delinquent water and sewer charges from the Task Force. The Task Force later expanded its lawsuit, adding multiple state and federal claims against the city.
On September 22, 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash dismissed the Task Force’s claims against the city and granted judgment to the city for approximately $147,000 in unpaid water and sewer charges. The Task Force appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a 3-page opinion, the Eleventh Circuit agreed with Judge Thrash that the Task Force did not properly plead a First Amendment claim, that the Task Force did not demonstrate an equal protection violation by the city, and that the city did not deprive the Task Force of due process.
“We are very pleased with today’s ruling,” said City Attorney Cathy Hampton. “We believed that this lawsuit had no merit, and we are gratified that both Judge Thrash and the Eleventh Circuit agreed with us.”
Task Force -- Eleventh Circuit Opinon
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