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Judge Hobgood rules in favor of Patterson Harkavy's clients, halting private school voucher scheme

At a hearing today in downtown Raleigh, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood enjoined the State from implementing its private school voucher scheme. If not for Judge Hobgood’s landmark ruling the scheme would have taken millions of dollars from… Read More
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Federal Unemployment Benefits Should be Renewed

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) published an excellent paper in October, arguing for a one-year extension of the Federal Unemployment Insurance benefits for unemployed workers. The paper is entitled “Hanging On By a Thread: Renew Fed… Read More
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President Obama Signs Jobs Bill Helping Veterans

President Obama this week signed into law the first portion of his jobs package. The bill, H.R. 674, which had vast bipartisan support, also known as VOW to Hire Heroes Act, creates tax incentives for companies to hire veterans, especially those who… Read More
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Hank Presents Paper on 2011 Changes to Workers' Comp Law

At a recent CLE addressing changes to North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law put on by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Hank Patterson presented his paper entitled “Changes to G.S. §97-29: Limitations on Total Disability Benefits… Read More
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Burton Speaks About the New Medical Malpractice Legislation

Burton Craige addressed another bill passed in the North Carolina General Assembly this session with his paper entitled “SB 33: The Brave New World of Malpractice Litigation” where he summarizes Senate Bill 33, shows its evolution and addresses s… Read More
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NC Legislature Amends Guaranty Bill to Protect Workers' Compensation Settlements

Last year, the State expanded the coverage of the North Carolina Guaranty Association to include structured settlement annuitities for North Carolina residents. This is especially important for people who receive annuities as part of a workers’… Read More
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Hank Speaks on Workers' Compensation at Iowa Conference

Hank Patterson spoke at the Iowa Association of Justice’s 19 Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar last month in Des Moines. His presentation discussed National Legilsation and Policy Priorities for Workers Compensation, and specifically a… Read More
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Bills Protecting Workers and Consumers Signed by Governor

The Statute of Repose Bill was signed by Governor Perdue on August 5, and becomes effective on October 1, 2009. The text of the bill can be found here. The Guaranty Fund Bill was signed by Governor Perdue on August 7, and becomes effective immediatel… Read More
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Unemployment Benefits Expansion Signed by Governor

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Guaranty Fund Bill Passed by NC Legislature

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