The Atlanta Braves have settled with a local property owner, Fairly Breezy, LLC, over a piece of land in Cobb County near the new Atlanta Braves stadium. The property owners had alleged that Cobb County officials abused their power and favored the team over the landowner’s private property rights. Fairly Breezy, LLC owns a piece of property less than two acres in size next to the proposed site for the new Braves Stadium.
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the landowners alleged that the county’s Board of Commissioners erred when they approved a re-zoning for the stadium project. The landowners claim that the applicants, the Atlanta Braves, failed to complete a proper application under the county zoning ordinance requirements, and denied the general public the right to due process in approving the application prematurely.
Fairly Breezy and the Braves have been in talks over the purchase of the Fairly Breezy property. The company owns and operates a 25,000 square foot office building on the property, and claims that the Braves threatened to wall off the property, if the landowners failed to sell the land to the team at fair market value.
While the specific details of the land deal are confidential at the present time, the landowners have agreed to drop the lawsuit.
Situations like Fairly Breezy’s, where a business’s rights and reputation are on the line in the public eye, are unfortunately not unusual. If your business has questions about protecting itself from unfair competition, or you have an issue with someone else asserting their rights in a manner you feel is unfair, you need an experienced business litigator who understands how to help your business defend its best interests. James J. “Jim” Thomas II has more than 35 years of experience advising Georgia businesses and handling complex business litigation including general business litigation and intellectual property matters. Jim can help you with the analysis, evaluation, and resolution of existing and potential litigation including in resolving all types of business disputes. Visit www.litigationatlanta.com online, or give Jim a call at 404-869-5248 to set up a free consultation.