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Atlanta – Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) has joined the ranks several other major Atlanta businesses and has cut Arthur Andersen as the its independent public accountants.
Equifax said Ernst & Young LLP will replace Andersen.
To date, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., SunTrust Banks Inc., ChoicePoint, NDCHealth Corp. and Southern Co. have cut ties with Andersen. Crawford & Co. and Certegy Inc., an Equifax spin-off, have reopened bidding to other firms. The American Cancer Society and Mirant Corp. are considering dropping Andersen.

Atlanta – Southern Co. has cut Arthur Andersen LLP as its auditor and hired Deloitte & Touche LLP as the independent auditor for the company.
Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) now joins Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., ChoicePoint and SunTrust Banks Inc., who have already dropped Andersen. The American Cancer Society Inc., one of the largest nonprofit organizations based in Atlanta, is also considering dropping Andersen.

Atlanta – Could Crawford & Co. do an about face and join Delta Air Lines Inc., ChoicePoint and SunTrust Banks Inc. in dropping embattled accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP?
In a release, the Atlanta-based insurance company services provider (NYSE: CRDA) revealed it has opened the door for a new independent auditor, even though its board already approved Andersen as its auditor for 2002. Andersen has been Crawford's auditor for the past 50 years.