Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Federal jury awards $17.5 million against Atlanta airport

A federal jury in Atlanta has awarded $17.5 million to a businessman who alleged that contracts he should have received instead were awarded to companies with connections to political figures in the city.  Billy Corey and his company, Corey Airport Services, received $8.5 million in compensatory damages for contracts that they should have been awarded, and an additional $9 million in punitive damages.  According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on the verdict, a 2002 investigation revealed that "the majority of airport contracts were awarded to campaign contributors and close friends of former mayors Maynard Jackson and Bill Campbell."

The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys Jeff Harris and Darren Penn

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