OCGA 9-15-14 Interpretation
"To the extent the trial court's order on attorney fees was based on OCGA 9-15-14 (a), it must be sustained if there is any evidence to support it. to the extent the . . . award was based on OCGA 9-15-14 (b), it must be sustained unless the trial court abused its discretion." Southland Outdoors v. Putnam County, 265 Ga. App. 399, 401 (593 SE2d 940) (2004).
In Southland Outdoors v. Putnam County, 265 Ga. App. 399, 401 (593 SE2d 940) (2004), the Court reversed a trial court's refusal to impose attorney fees under OCGA 9-15-14 when a county improperly revoked a building permit, forcing the landowner to bring a mandamus petition seeking reissuance of the permit.
The Court concluded that the county's position "was without factual or legal support" and that the county failed "to present any genuine defense when the issue was finally joined." Id. at 402.