NC COA Decides Handful of Workers’ Comp Cases

Late last month, the North Carolina Court of Appeals published their opinions in the following workers’ compensation cases: Archie v. Kirk:  The plaintiff worked for Edward Kirk changing billboard advertisements.  Kirk provided necessary tools and protection gear to the plaintiff.  In 2006, on a larger job for which Kirk hired an additional two workers, the plaintiff was electrocuted and burnt

NC Court of Appeals’ Recent Workers’ Compensation Cases

The North Carolina Court of Appeals heard two workers’ compensation cases on appeal and decided them earlier this month. The first, Mehaffey v. Burger King involved a manager at Burger King who suffered a compensable knee injury while at work.  In the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Opinion and Award, the Plaintiff was awarded retroactive attendant care fees

NC COA Examines Public Duty Doctrine

The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the North Carolina Industrial Commission in Ray v. NC Department of Transportation.  The case involved the death of a motorist and her passengers in 2002 when an eroded section of pavement caused her vehicle to go off the roadway, she corrected, and hit an oncoming

US Supreme Court to Decide Important Wage and Hour Case

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a writ of certiorari in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp.  The Ninth Circuit’s opinion, now on appeal, can be viewed here.  The issue was whether pharmaceutical sales representatives are “outside salesman” as referenced in Section 213(a) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore exempt from

NC Court of Appeals Rejects Free Speech Retaliation Appeal

The North Carolina Court of Appeals published a decision in a free-speech retaliation case in  Ginsberg v. Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina.  The plaintiff, who worked at NC State University as a teaching assistant professor, contended that the University had violated her First Amendment free speech rights by punishing her in

NC Appeals Court on Asbestos and Workers’ Compensation

In Maudlin v. A.C. Corp et al., the North Carolina Court of Appeals addressed a multi-pronged asbestos case.  The case involved a man who worked as a pipefitter for more than 19 years at the company.  He was exposed to insulation that contained asbestos while preforming his work, was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 1997,

NC Court of Appeals Reviews Workers’ Comp Cases

The North Carolina Court of Appeals decided two workers’ compensation cases of note this week. The first, Salomon v. The Oaks of Carolina, involved a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) whose shoulder was injured when she was changing a partially paralyzed patient by herself with one arm and holding him up with the other.  The resident

Fourth Circuit Affirms Protected Concerted Activity Claim

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided NLRB v. White Oak Manor, a case involving an employee’s protected concerted activity, ruling in favor of the NLRB who sought to enforce an order in favor of the employee.  The employee, who was reprimanded for wearing a hat during work in violation of the company dress