Michael E. Kanell

Business Reporter

Economics writer Michael E. Kanell has covered business, telecom, jobs and housing for the AJC since 1995.

Latest from Michael E. Kanell

Coke rejects charges of deceit in Diet Coke’s name
 A lawsuit has been filed against Coca-Cola charging the company with falsely advertising Diet Coke — allegations that the company vehemently rejects. The plaintiffs say that, instead of aiding in weight loss, the drink actually promotes weight gain and – worse – triggers other health problems, according to a report in Top...

Posted: 2 days ago

A lawsuit has been filed against Coca-Cola charging the company with falsely advertising Diet Coke — allegations that the company vehemently rejects. The plaintiffs say that, instead of aiding in weight loss, the drink actually promotes weight gain and – worse – triggers other health problems, according to a report in Top...
Georgia business: Candor plans 675 jobs in Rome
 Rome-based Candor has announced plans to add 675 jobs over the next five years in Floyd County, officials said on Thursday. Candor, which is not yet a year old, has developed online tools for consumers to find healthcare coverage, and also links to “insurance agencies, health insurance carriers, and health care providers,” officials...

Posted: 3 days ago

Rome-based Candor has announced plans to add 675 jobs over the next five years in Floyd County, officials said on Thursday. Candor, which is not yet a year old, has developed online tools for consumers to find healthcare coverage, and also links to “insurance agencies, health insurance carriers, and health care providers,” officials...
Government watchdogs reject Equifax appeal on IRS contract
 Government watchdogs have rejected an Equifax appeal of last week’s decision by the IRS to take away a $7.25 million contract from the embattled Atlanta company. According to a report in Politico, the Government Accountability Office on Monday denied a protest filed by Equifax, which had hoped to hold on to a contract to provide...

Posted: 5 days ago

Government watchdogs have rejected an Equifax appeal of last week’s decision by the IRS to take away a $7.25 million contract from the embattled Atlanta company. According to a report in Politico, the Government Accountability Office on Monday denied a protest filed by Equifax, which had hoped to hold on to a contract to provide...
Atlanta-based Equifax loses appeal on IRS contract
 Government watchdogs have rejected an Equifax appeal last week’s decision by the IRS to take away a $7.25 million contract from the embattled Atlanta company. According to a report in Politico, the Government Accountability Office on Monday denied a protest filed by Equifax, which had hoped to hold on to a contract to provide help...

Posted: 6 days ago

Government watchdogs have rejected an Equifax appeal last week’s decision by the IRS to take away a $7.25 million contract from the embattled Atlanta company. According to a report in Politico, the Government Accountability Office on Monday denied a protest filed by Equifax, which had hoped to hold on to a contract to provide help...
Atlanta-based company with device to fight opioid overdoses
 An Atlanta-based start-up is preparing to launch a business aimed at providing dispensing devices that make it harder for patients to overuse opioid painkillers. Intent Solutions will begin selling its TAD – “Take as Directed” – device in December, officials said. The product is a response to a widespread, national...

Posted: 6 days ago

An Atlanta-based start-up is preparing to launch a business aimed at providing dispensing devices that make it harder for patients to overuse opioid painkillers. Intent Solutions will begin selling its TAD – “Take as Directed” – device in December, officials said. The product is a response to a widespread, national...
Atlanta-based Southern Co. sells New Jersey units
 A Southern Co. subsidiary has sold several gas companies to South Jersey Industries for $1.7 billion. Southern Co. Gas today announced the deal early Monday. They said the deal is expected to be complete by the third quarter of next year. The company believes the sale will reduce costs, while adding to shareholder value, according to...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Southern Co. subsidiary has sold several gas companies to South Jersey Industries for $1.7 billion. Southern Co. Gas today announced the deal early Monday. They said the deal is expected to be complete by the third quarter of next year. The company believes the sale will reduce costs, while adding to shareholder value, according to...
IRS suspends Equifax contract, cites ‘new information’
 The Internal Revenue Service has suspended its $7.25 million contract with Atlanta-based Equifax, the agency announced Friday. The decision came a day after the company was forced to shut down one of its customer service web sites, a page that had been manipulated by hackers who had apparently placed malicious software on the site. That...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Internal Revenue Service has suspended its $7.25 million contract with Atlanta-based Equifax, the agency announced Friday. The decision came a day after the company was forced to shut down one of its customer service web sites, a page that had been manipulated by hackers who had apparently placed malicious software on the site. That...
IRS suspends Equifax contract, cites ‘new information’
 The Internal Revenue Service has suspended its $7.25 million contract with Atlanta-based Equifax, the agency announced Friday. The decision came a day after the company was forced to shut down one of its customer service web sites, a page that had been manipulated by hackers who had apparently placed malicious software on the site. That...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Internal Revenue Service has suspended its $7.25 million contract with Atlanta-based Equifax, the agency announced Friday. The decision came a day after the company was forced to shut down one of its customer service web sites, a page that had been manipulated by hackers who had apparently placed malicious software on the site. That...
Atlanta business group proposes agenda for next mayor
 A group of corporate and university leaders has issued a framework for improving Atlanta, hoping to get a head-start influencing policy under a new mayor. While the outline released today by the Atlanta Committee for Progress contains few specifics, the group has called on the next mayor to follow policies that embrace five priorities...

Posted: 10 days ago

A group of corporate and university leaders has issued a framework for improving Atlanta, hoping to get a head-start influencing policy under a new mayor. While the outline released today by the Atlanta Committee for Progress contains few specifics, the group has called on the next mayor to follow policies that embrace five priorities...
Another Equifax hacking possible as web page taken down
 In what could be yet another incident of hacking, Equifax has taken down a web page because of suspicion that it had been manipulated. The site, one of the embattled company’s customer service offerings, was delivering fraudulent updates for Adobe Flash, which – when clicked – would infect a visitor’s computer with...

Posted: 10 days ago

In what could be yet another incident of hacking, Equifax has taken down a web page because of suspicion that it had been manipulated. The site, one of the embattled company’s customer service offerings, was delivering fraudulent updates for Adobe Flash, which – when clicked – would infect a visitor’s computer with...
Manipulation of web site was via “third-party” says Atlanta-based Equifax
 In what at first looked like yet another incident of hacking, Equifax has taken down a web page because of suspicion that it had been manipulated. The site, one of the embattled company’s customer service offerings, was delivering fraudulent updates for Adobe Flash, which – when clicked – would infect a visitor&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

In what at first looked like yet another incident of hacking, Equifax has taken down a web page because of suspicion that it had been manipulated. The site, one of the embattled company’s customer service offerings, was delivering fraudulent updates for Adobe Flash, which – when clicked – would infect a visitor&rsquo...