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

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

Patterson Harkavy files voting rights lawsuit against Jones County

This morning, Patterson Harkavy filed a federal voting-rights lawsuit against Jones County, North Carolina, along with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Jones County utilizes an “at-large” system for electing Commissioners, meaning that all Commissioners are elected county-wide. The Complaint alleges that voting in Jones County

Court denies motion to dismiss Joseph Sledge’s wrongful conviction suit

Last year, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Joseph Sledge, a man who served 37 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.  The suit alleged that Mr. Sledge was wrongfully convicted because officers with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation unlawfully withheld evidence that demonstrated

Patterson Harkavy files amicus brief in “ag-gag” litigation on behalf of professors Erwin Chemerinsky, Jack Preis

Last year, North Carolina enacted an “Ag-gag” bill aimed to silence whistle-blowers across the state.  The bill creates criminal penalties that make it nearly impossible for citizens to legally gather evidence of workplace wrongdoing.  It applies with sweeping breadth, preventing whistle-blowers from exposing abuses at all workplaces across the state, including agricultural facilities, nursing homes,

Victory: North Carolina Supreme Court rules tenure repeal unconstitutional

Today, the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously held that the General Assembly’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated teachers’ rights under the United States Constitution.  The ruling restores the rights of teachers who earned tenure before July  26, 2013. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Burton Craige represented the plaintiffs, a group of North Carolina