Developer Wins $6M Verdict In Rezoning Dispute With Brookhaven

A suburban city outside Atlanta has been ordered to pay millions to a developer and two homeowners after a jury found that city officials purposefully stalled a multifamily project in what an attorney described as an attempt to force a pay-for-play deal.

A DeKalb County Superior Court jury ruled this week that the city of Brookhaven, along with Mayor John Ernst and City Manager Christian Sigman, were guilty of tortious interference over a planned townhome project by The Ardent Cos. off Buford Highway and Bramblewood Drive.

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