Two days later, Roswell formally notified T-Mobile of its decision in writing, without spelling out the specific reasons. The letter indicated minutes from the meeting would be available from the city clerk. The minutes were approved and published 26 days later – four days before the deadline for the company to seek a judicial review.
T-Mobile filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, claiming Roswell had violated a provision of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that requires local governments to state the reasons for denying such requests. Roswell argued its reasons were contained in the meeting minutes. But the district court ruled for the company.