Patterson Harkavy files suit challenging constitutionality of NC private school voucher scheme

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of seven North Carolina parents challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s private school voucher program.  The suit is supported by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the National Education Association (NEA). Officially known as “Opportunity Scholarships,” the North Carolina private school voucher program provides $4,200 per

NC Supreme Court rules in favor of Paul’s client, finds police officer violated Fourth Amendment in traffic stop

Last Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a decision in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In State v. Reed, the Court held that the trial court erred in denying a motion to suppress evidence uncovered in a traffic stop. The Court held that although the stop was constitutional at its inception

Julian Betton receives additional $8.5 million to resolve police shooting lawsuit, bringing total recovery to $11.25 million

Today, Patterson Harkavy dismissed the remaining claims in Julian Betton’s lawsuit over a police shooting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after receiving an additional settlement of $8.5 million.  Betton had previously settled with other defendants for $2.75 million, bringing his total recovery to $11.25 million. On April 16, 2015, ten agents with the 15th Circuit

Patterson Harkavy files amicus brief urging judge to void UNC’s agreement to pay $2.5 million to Confederate organization

On Wednesday, Patterson Harkavy attorney Burton Craige submitted an amicus brief in Orange County Superior Court, urging Judge Allen Baddour to set aside the Consent Judgment under which UNC would pay the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) $2.5 million to take possession of the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam. The motion filed with the

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,