Patterson Harkavy files class action alleging that recovery treatment centers exploited residents for unpaid labor

Patterson Harkavy and co-counsel, the NC Justice Center and Outten & Golden LLP, filed a class and collective action lawsuit on behalf of individuals struggling to overcome substance abuse and addiction who assert that they were exploited by a local recovery center for unpaid labor. According to the suit, Recovery Connections Community has escaped public

Bradley Bannon Featured on the Cover of Attorney At Law Magazine

For the cover story of its most recent Triangle Edition issue, Attorney at Law Magazine profiled Patterson Harkavy partner Bradley Bannon. In a wide-ranging conversation with editor Bob Friedman, Brad talked about the natural expansion of his criminal defense practice into civil rights and police misconduct cases, his recent leadership of the North Carolina Advocates

Patterson Harkavy prevents the NC General Assembly from changing 2018 election rules

Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith successfully prevented the North Carolina General Assembly from changing the rules for 2018 judicial elections. The General Assembly originally created a system in which judicial candidates would appear on the November ballot along with their party affiliation.  In late July, after candidate filing had closed, the General

Federal Court Affirms Ruling in Favor of Patterson Harkavy Client Shot by Police

Federal Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. entered an order and opinion last week affirming the decision of federal Judge Kaymani West to allow police shooting victim Julian Betton’s lawsuit to go to trial against both the City of Myrtle Beach and its officer who shot Mr. Betton. After confirming Judge Quattlebaum’s appointment to the federal

Federal Judge's Report over South Carolina police shooting gains national coverage

On May 21, federal Magistrate Judge Kaymani West recommended that Patterson Harkavy’s civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Julian Betton proceed to trial.  Police officers shot Mr. Betton nine times in his own home during a narcotics raid, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Last week, the Washington Post published an extensive article by

Federal Magistrate Judge rules for Patterson Harkavy’s client in police shooting lawsuit motion

Yesterday, Federal Magistrate Judge Kaymani West issued a Report and Recommendation in favor of Julian Betton’s claims based on a 2015 police shooting.  Police officers on a drug task force shot Mr. Betton nine times in his home while executing a raid.  The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now

NC Court of Appeals rules in favor of Paul's client, finds police officers violated Fourth Amendment

Yesterday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals published an opinion finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In North Carolina v. Stanley, a unanimous panel of the court held that police officers violated the Fourth Amendment when they knocked on a home’s back door without a warrant.   Police officers who do not have

Patterson Harkavy obtains $2.75 million partial settlement over police shooting

Patterson Harkavy has obtained a $2,750,000 partial settlement for Julian Betton, a man 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. Patterson Harkavy brought suit against defendants including the officers who participated in