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Schoen v. Cherokee County

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Schoenvs.Cherokee County
Number: 242 Ga.App. 501
Year: 2000
State: Georgia
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Schoen v. Cherokee County was a case before the Georgia Supreme Court in 2000 concerning open meetings laws.


Schoen v. Cherokee County , 242 Ga.App. 501, (2000) (Johnson, J.):

County resident sued county, chairman of county board of commissioners, and members of board for violation of the Act. Trial court entered summary judgment for county, chairman, and board members, and resident appealed.

Affirmed. Court of Appeals held that the closed meeting between county board of commissioners and county attorney about lawsuit filed by property owner challenging board's denial of its application to change zoning classification fell within attorney-client exception to Act, even if members voted on proposed consent order, as governing body discussing pending litigation with counsel must necessarily be permitted to decide whether to accept or reject a proposed settlement agreement, even if it incidentally involves taking of a vote.[1]

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