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 early 2015, Defendant Chad Guess,

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. Last week, Patterson Harkavy, together

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 Airlines, received an anonymous racist

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 status” after successful completion of

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 States Constitution. Mr. Leak had

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 of victims’ protections when they

Burton argues constitutionality of private school vouchers before North Carolina Supreme Court

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy attorney Burton Craige appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina, arguing that the state’s recently-enacted private school voucher scheme violates the North Carolina Constitution. The voucher scheme uses taxpayer funds to pay the tuition of private school students.  The vast majority of schools funded by the program are religious institutions, many

Patterson Harkavy files suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office alleging First Amendment violation

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of former deputy sheriff Jeffrey Randleman. The suit alleges that Mr. Randleman served as a law enforcement officer in the sheriff’s office for 22 years, with an exemplary record.  In August 2014, he was subpoenaed by the United States Department of Justice