Patterson Harkavy files wrongful conviction suit on behalf of Willie Grimes

In July 1988, Willie Grimes was wrongfully convicted of the rape and kidnapping of an elderly woman in Catawba County.  On October 4, 2012, thanks to the work of the North Carolina Center for Actual Innocence, a three-judge panel unanimously found that Grimes was innocent.  Grimes served 24 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Yesterday, Patterson

Patterson Harkavy supports fast food workers engaged in strikes, civil disobedience

On September 4, thousands fast food workers went on strike and engaged in civil disobedience for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union without fear of retaliation.  Workers across North Carolina joined in the fight, going on strike in cities including Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, and Goldsboro. Many of North Carolina’s

Court of Appeals sides with Patterson Harkavy in Workers’ Compensation dispute

In Cole v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s client, Plaintiff Joel Cole.  Mr. Cole suffered severe injuries to his back in the course of his employment with the Defendant, and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim over that injury.  Medical experts disagreed as to whether Mr. Cole’s

Patterson Harkavy attorneys prevail; private school vouchers declared unconstitutional

At a hearing today in Raleigh, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared that North Carolina’s recently-enacted private school voucher program violates various provisions of the North Carolina Constitution, and issued a permanent injunction preventing its implementation.  If not for Judge Hobgood’s ruling the program would have taken millions of dollars that should have been spent

Burton Craige named as Best Lawyers® Raleigh Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year”

This week, Patterson Harkavy Attorney Burton Craige was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Raleigh.  Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”  Best Lawyers evaluates attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate

Judge Hobgood issues written order declaring tenure repeal unconstitutional

Yesterday, Judge Hobgood issued an order putting into effect his prior ruling enjoining the repeal of teacher tenure in North Carolina.  The ruling rolls back the General Assembly’s attempt to retroactively eliminate public school teachers’ employment protections.   It also relieves school districts of the obligation to offer 25% of their teachers a small raise if

Patterson Harkavy supports fast food workers in national day of action

On Thursday, May 15, thousands of fast food workers across the globe went on strike for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union without fear of retaliation. They were joined by fast food workers in nearly a dozen North Carolina cities.  Many of North Carolina’s fast food workers only earn

Victory: Tenure repeal declared unconstitutional

At 11 am this morning, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood sided with Patterson Harkavy’s attorneys and ruled that legislation stripping teachers of their vested employment rights violated the North Carolina and the United States Constitutions. For over forty years, North Carolina public school teachers have been able to earn “career status” after successful completion of a four-year