Univision Communications Inc. Could Face Breach of Contract Lawsuit

The largest Spanish language communications company in the United States could face a lawsuit by real estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump. Early Thursday Univision announced that its entertainment division would not air the upcoming pageant owned in part by Mr. Trump. Attorneys for Trump said they would look into filing a lawsuit for $13.5 Million for breach of contract. The deal would have allowed Univision to broadcast the Miss USA competition to the Spanish market for the next 5 years.

Some Areas Struggle To Recover After Housing Market Crash

Roughly 10,000 homeowners in Lithonia (54% of all families with a mortgage) owe more than their homes are worth, according to the online real-estate tracker Zillow. Places like Lithonia “were hit with foreclosure first, the longest and the hardest,” says John O’Callaghan, chief executive of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc., a nonprofit that buys and rehabilitates foreclosed homes. Economists say lower-income communities have been hit by a confluence of events and factors that have left their communities stuck in a vicious cycle. It starts with falling home values, which trigger foreclosures as homeowners can’t sell their property for a price that would cover the outstanding mortgage debt

Administration to Act on Family Detention Policy

Homeland Security officials announced plans Wednesday to end the long-term detention of mothers with children caught crossing the border illegally by allowing most of them to be released quickly on bond. Secretary Jeh Johnson expanded policies he ordered last month that were designed to shorten family detention but that had only limited effect. Many mothers said they and their young children were struggling with desperation after being held for months with no end in sight as they fought to win asylum in the United States.

Georgia Law to Allow Pre-Trial DNA Testing

Under the new law, any man that is proven not to be the biological father will not have to pay child support. The bill was intended to end wrongful paternity claims prior to legal action. The Department of Human Services will now be able to take the lead on child support cases and have paternity established up front.DHS met in Atlanta to discuss changing its internal rules to fit HB568 that will go into effect July 1.

Alabama Power Hoping to Resolve Lawsuit

Alabama Power, a Southern Company affiliate is looking to settle a lawsuit filed in court by the Department of Justice. Under the proposed modification, which would resolve all claims in the case, Alabama Power would agree to emissions limits at three coal-burning units at Plant Gorgas, two coal units at Plant Greene County and two coal units at Plant Barry. The proposed modification also calls for Alabama Power to pay a $100,000 penalty and invest $1.5 million over three years in electric-vehicle charging infrastructure projects.

1.8 Million in Damages Awarded in Land Lease Dispute

After a seven-day trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court, that ended last Friday, a jury found that Stephen Pieper did not breach a lease on 95 acres he farmed in Monkton, which was part of a 235-acre parcel that Sinclair CEO David Smith bought in March 2013. Mr. Pieper was awarded $1.5 Million in damages through his counterclaim, and an additional $300,000 for destruction of crops.

U.S Congress Members Visit Family Detention Centers

Rep. Joaquin Castro hosted a delegation of concerned members of Congress to visit immigration detention facilities.Castro and seven other Democratic lawmakers toured the Karnes County Residential Center on Monday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement family detention center south of San Antonio. They will tour the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley on Tuesday. Members of the delegation said they had nearly unfettered access to the facility, conducting several individual interviews with detainees. Castro called it a “very emotional visit.” He said that many of the detainees — some of whom have spent a year or more in the facility — should qualify as asylees, most of whom have fled violence, persecution and abuse in Central America.

Air Conditioning Is a Major Factor in Atlanta’s Economic Growth

Ask anyone what has driven Atlanta’s economic growth in recent decades and they’re likely to answer the airport, great quality of life, or business-friendly environment. Others might say a strong workforce, the confluence of interstate highways, or great universities. While these are all important, there’s one other key factor that almost nobody thinks about. And that’s air conditioning. It’s at this time of year that this truth becomes most apparent.

Tech Hub Planned for Bank of America Building

CWCapital Asset Management has a new plan to lease up the 55-story Midtown building, which remains half-empty three years after it was foreclosed on the city’s courthouse steps. CWCapital recently hired CBRE Inc. to lease the tower, the tallest in the Southeast. It’s the same CBRE team that leveraged interest in Midtown’s Tech Square to land a mix of startups, R&D centers and companies such as Worldpay and Sage Software at Atlantic Station.

Family Groups Ask For Investigation of Family Court Practices

A small group of parents travelled to the state capitol Wednesday to bring their call for an investigation of family courts to the Judicial Council of Georgia. The groups claim that judges presiding over divorces provide lax supervision of the guardians they assign to represent the interests of children. Those guardians bill the parents for time spent visiting the kids, talking with lawyers, reviewing records and testifying in court, and the parents say too often the bills are padded.