DES announces that it is ready to accept claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) announced that individuals can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning on April 24, 2020. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal unemployment insurance program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for state

Immigrant worker’s rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

The National Employment Law Project recently published a document answering frequently asked questions (FAQ) from immigrant workers and their advocates regarding COVID-19-related issues.  Among other things, the FAQ emphasizes that all workers, regardless of immigration status, have the right to engage in protected concerted activity for mutual aid or protection regarding

Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 134 providing furloughed employees increased access to unemployment benefits

On April 20, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 134 “Allowing Businesses Flexibility to Make Payments That Assist Their Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  The Order allows employers to temporarily furlough employees and provide “COVID-19 Support Payments” without interfering with those employees’ eligibility for unemployment benefits.  An employer’s COVID-19 Support

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

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

Judge vacates Silent Sam judgment on grounds requested by UNC alumni represented by Patterson Harkavy

Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh represent 88 prominent UNC alumni who oppose UNC’s payment of $2.5 million to the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to settle a lawsuit about the disposition of the statue known as Silent Sam. On January 29, Patterson Harkavy filed an amicus brief arguing that the

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.

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