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
In Hammond v. Saini, __ N.C. ___, 766 S.E.2d 590 (2014), the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s client, Plaintiff Judy Hammond. Ms. Hammond suffered severe injuries from an operating room fire while undergoing surgery to remove a possible basal cell carcinoma from her face. In her subsequent medical malpractice suit, the
Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh have submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice in North Carolina v. Marcus Reymond Robinson. The case addresses the first instance of a North Carolina death row inmate having his death sentence reduced to life in prison under the North Carolina Racial Justice Act.
The North Carolina Supreme Court has sent a tricky workers’ compensation case back the Industrial Commission for additional fact-finding. Cardwell v. Jenkins Cleaner involves a plaintiff who was injured when she slipped on some black ice three feet away from the back door to her office. Our coverage of the Court of Appeals’ split-decision in
The North Carolina Supreme Court denied the defendants’ petition for discretionary review (PDR) in Taylor v. Town of Garner. The Court of Appeals decided earlier this year that Officer Taylor is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from the Town of Garner for the injury he suffered while working as a mounter officer at an N.C.
The North Carolina Supreme Court issued its latest round of decisions on April 15. Two cases are worthy of note. In the first, Brown v. Kindred Nursing Centers East, the 4-3 majority ruled that a plaintiff’s medical malpracitce complaint had to be dismissed because the plaintiff did not properly comply with the 120-day extension procedure
On Friday, in Baxter v. Danny Nicholson, Inc., the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld an Industrial Commission decision that defendants had attacked on the grounds that one of the Commissioners was not authorized to exercise his powers on the day of the decision. The case arose out of the transition when one of the Commissioners
In Gregory v. W.A. Brown & Sons, the North Carolina Supreme Court has at the very least made a simple area of the law very complicated, and at worst dealt a severe blow to injured workers with little legal justification. At issue is the employee notice provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act, N.C.G.S. § 97-22,