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Drought Means the Grass Is Greener -- for Law Firms

Georgia law firms are finding that even in the midst of a drought, the grass is still greener on their side of the country. As this article from the Fulton County Daily Report (10/17/07) describes, record droughts across Atlanta are leading to increased litigation over how scarce resources will be allocated. Already, Georgia is involved in three separate federal cases over allocation of water from Lake Lanier, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed reservoir that serves as the primary water source for metro Atlanta and is now 13 feet lower than normal. Apparently, the Corps is taking heat from state government for giving priority to ensuring water flow to endangered mussel species over protecting the water supply for Georgians. And Georgia is also arguing that water consumption was one of the primary reasons for the construction of Lake Lanier -- a claim rejected by Alabama and Florida.

The article lists dozens of law firms -- from megafirms to public interest to solo practitioners -- feeding off these water-related disputes. Though water supply may have dried up, apparently, work for lawyers hasn't.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on October 17, 2007 at 05:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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