Patterson Harkavy files suit on behalf of Julian Betton, victim of police shooting

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Julian Betton, a Myrtle Beach man shot nine times by local law enforcement officers in his own home.  The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The complaint’s introduction begins: In

Narendra Ghosh argues criminal appeal before the Supreme Court of North Carolina

This morning, Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina on behalf of his client Kenneth Leak.  Narendra argued that Mr. Leak’s conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon was obtained in a manner that violated the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mr. Leak

Mike Okun presents Jon Harkavy’s annual paper on SCOTUS Employment Law decisions

On October 23rd, at the 31th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law CLE held in Isle of Palms, SC, Mike Okun presented Jon Harkavy’s 2013-2014 annual review of the Supreme Court’s employment law cases.  Jon’s paper is entitled “2015 Supreme Court Employment Law Commentary.” Introduction: Appearances can, indeed, be deceiving:

Patterson Harkavy files wrongful conviction suit on behalf of Joseph Sledge

In 1978, Joseph Sledge was wrongfully convicted of a dual murder. On January 23, 2015, thanks to the work of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, a three-judge panel unanimously found that Mr. Sledge was innocent. Mr. Sledge served 37 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.

Fourth Circuit discusses employers’ duty to combat hostile work environments created by third parties

Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor a plaintiff filing suit over a racially hostile work environment.  The opinion contains an important discussion of employers’ responsibility to combat hostile work environments created by anonymous third parties. The plaintiff in the case, an African American flight attendant with United

Victory: Court of Appeals finds tenure repeal unconstitutional

Earlier this week, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s clients, finding that the state’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated the North Carolina Constitution and the United States Constitution. For over forty years, North Carolina public school teachers have been able to earn “career

Court of Appeals rules in favor of Narendra’s client, vacating criminal conviction

Yesterday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued a published opinion in favor of Narendra Ghosh’s client Kenneth Leak.  The Court vacated Mr. Leak’s conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon, finding that it was obtained in a manner that violated Mr. Leak’s rights under the Fourth Amendment to the United

Fourth Circuit expands protections for harassment victims

Yesterday afternoon, the Fourth Circuit issued an en banc decision supporting the rights of workplace harassment victims.  See Boyer-Liberto v. Fountainebleau Corporation, No. 13-1473 (May 7, 2015).  The opinion offers important insight into what level of harassment is sufficient to support a claim over a hostile work environment, the scope