Patterson Harkavy reaches $4 million partial settlement for Joseph Sledge’s wrongful imprisonment

Patterson Harkavy obtained a $4,000,000 partial settlement for Joseph Sledge, an innocent man who served 37 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Mr. Sledge was wrongfully convicted of a double homicide in 1978.  In January of 2015, thanks to the hard work of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence,  he

NC Court of Appeals rules in favor of Narendra’s clients in criminal appeal, wrongful death appeal

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals published two opinions finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh’s clients. In Haarhuis v. Cheek, a unanimous panel of the court affirmed a $4.25 million jury verdict in favor of the estate of a woman killed by a drunk driver.  On appeal, the defendant argued that

Narendra and Paul file amicus brief with Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in civil rights dispute

In Hunter v. Town of Mocksville, Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith co-authored an amicus brief filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Association of Police Organizations.  The case raises important issues about when a municipality can be held liable

Consent judgement entered in Jones County voting rights lawsuit

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, with the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP and Patterson Harkavy LLP announced a settlement in the federal voting rights lawsuit filed on behalf of black voters in Jones County, North Carolina. Filed in February, the lawsuit alleged that the method of electing the

Superior Court refuses to dismiss Patterson Harkavy’s lawsuit challenging constitutionality of special legislative sessions

Yesterday, Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III denied legislative leaders’ motion to dismiss Patterson Harkavy’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the North Carolina General Assembly’s December 2016 special sessions.  Judge Smith also ordered that the case be transferred to a three judge panel. Patterson Harkavy filed the lawsuit in April 2017, on behalf of Common

Federal court rules in favor of labor union, awards Patterson Harkavy attorneys’ fees

United States District Judge Terrence Boyle issued an order last Friday finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s client, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 465, and ordering the defendant-employer to pay the union’s attorneys’ fees. The case originated from the employer’s termination of one of the union’s shop stewards.  Patterson Harkavy attorney Mike Okun

Patterson Harkavy files lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of December 2016 special session

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed a lawsuit on behalf of Common Cause and ten North Carolina citizens.  The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the North Carolina General Assembly’s fourth extra session in December 2016. At the heart of the challenge is a violation of citizens’ constitutional right to “instruct their representatives” – a right expressly guaranteed

Betton suit receives national coverage in debate over the deadly consequences of police SWAT teams

More than a year ago, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Julian Betton, a South Carolina man who was shot nine times in his own home during a police raid.  The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now paralyzed from the waist down. Both the New York Times and