Case alert

On May 20, 2013, the Georgia Supreme Court, ruled in favor of the City of Baldwin, due to the representation of David Syfan and Jessica Lund, and established new Georgia case precedent to the effect that the quasi-contractual remedy of quantum meruit is no longer available against Georgia municipalities in situations involving ultra vires contracts. A municipality’s charter has to regulate how the municipality enters into a contract for this rule to apply.  David Syfan and Jessica Lund will be glad to discuss what requirements should be in a municipality’s charter for this rule to apply and help municipalities to amend their charters by way of a home rule ordinance in order to grant to the municipality the full protection that this new precedent provides. Municipalities now stand on the same footing as counties in having a defense to quantum meruit claims.