RTT v. JE 037

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Court of Appeals of Georgia.

RTT Associates, Inc. v. Georgia JE–037 Department of Labor.

A15A0792

Decided: June 28, 2016

Christopher Scott Anulewicz, Joshua Michael Moore, Atlanta, for Appellant. Julie Adams Jacobs, Elizabeth Anne Harris, Samuel S. Olens, Atlanta, Brittany Heather Bolton, for Appellee.

RTT Associates, Inc. brought this action in the Superior Court of Fulton County against the Georgia Department of Labor for breach of contract and breach of the implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing. In an earlier appeal, we reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in the Department's favor on the basis of sovereign immunity. RTT Associates, Inc. v. Georgia Dept. of Labor, 333 Ga.App. 173, 173–179, 775 S.E.2d 644 (2015). We also affirmed the trial court's denial of RTT's motion for judgment on the pleadings. Id. at 179–180(2), 775 S.E.2d 644.

The Supreme Court of Georgia granted the Department's petition for a writ of certiorari to determine whether we erred in reversing the trial court's order granting summary judgment in the Department's favor. The Supreme Court found as a matter of law that RTT failed to meet its burden of showing a waiver of sovereign immunity and reversed. Georgia Dept. of Labor v. RTT Associates, Inc., ––– Ga. ––––(1), (2), (3), ––– S.E.2d ––––, 2016 WL 2946376 (Case No. S15G1780, decided May 23, 2016). Accordingly, our decision in RTT Associates, Inc. v. Georgia Dept. of Labor, 333 Ga.App. at 173–179(1), 775 S.E.2d 644, is vacated, and the judgment of the Supreme Court is made the judgment of this Court.

The writ of certiorari did not reach Division 2 of our decision. We have reviewed Division 2 of our decision and conclude that it is consistent with the Supreme Court's ruling. As a result, our decision in RTT Associates, Inc. v. Georgia Dept. of Labor, 333 Ga.App. at 179–180(2), 775 S.E.2d 644, became binding upon return of the remittitur and remains the judgment of this Court. See Center for a Sustainable Coast, Inc. v. Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, 326 Ga.App. 288, 289(2)(3), 756 S.E.2d 554 (2014).

Accordingly, both of the trial court's rulings are affirmed.

Judgment affirmed.

Ellington, Presiding Judge.

Dillard and McFadden, JJ., concur.