Fourth Circuit rules in favor of Patterson Harkavy client Julian Betton in excessive force suit over police shooting

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of Patterson Harkavy client Julian Betton, who was shot nine times in his own home by police officers, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Mr. Betton was being investigated for two $100 sales of marijuana. When executing a search

Court blocks use of gerrymandered NC congressional districts in 2020 election

In late September, Patterson Harkavy and Arnold & Porter filed suit on behalf of plaintiffs challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts as an extreme partisan gerrymander, designed to benefit Republicans at the expense of Democratic voters. Today, a three judge panel issued a preliminary injunction finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in the lawsuit.

Patterson Harkavy challenges NC congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander

This morning, Patterson Harkavy and Arnold & Porter filed suit in Wake County Superior Court, challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. The lawsuit follows a decision earlier this month declaring that state legislative districts violated the North Carolina Constitution on similar grounds, and is supported by the National Redistricting Foundation. The complaint’s

Julian Betton’s Case Argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals

On September 18, 2019, the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Julian Betton’s lawsuit over a police raid of his home in the City of Myrtle Beach in 2015. The trial court ruled in Betton’s favor on the question of whether the City’s police officer should be immune from suit,

Jon Harkavy publishes 2018 Supreme Court Review and a Guide to Representing Working People and Labor Unions in Fraught Times

This week, Jon Harkavy published two articles. The first, “2019 Supreme Court Commentary: Employment Law,” summarizes and comments on all decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States from its most recent term that affect employment law, labor relations, employment arbitration and the employment relationship generally. The article also summarizes briefly the grants of

Burton Craige accepts Thurgood Marshall Award

The North Carolina Advocates for Justice presented Patterson Harkavy attorney Burton Craige with the organization’s Thurgood Marshall Award at its annual convention in Wilmington, North Carolina. NCAJ established the award “to recognize extraordinary and selfless service to the people of North Carolina in keeping with the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall.” In accepting the award,

Victory in NC Court of Appeals brings Willie Grimes’ total recovery to $5.4 million

Patterson Harkavy has obtained an additional $2.16 settlement on behalf of Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Combined with Mr. Grimes’ 2016 settlement with the City of Hickory, Mr. Grimes’ total recovery exceeds $5.4 million. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Burton Craige, Narendra Ghosh, Paul Smith, and Brad Bannon

Paul Smith appointed to Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith to a term on the Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina. The three-member Safety and Health Review Commission is an independent administrative adjudicatory body that hears contestments of citations, penalties, and abatement periods issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the