Federal court rules in favor of labor union, awards Patterson Harkavy attorneys’ fees

United States District Judge Terrence Boyle issued an order last Friday finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s client, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 465, and ordering the defendant-employer to pay the union’s attorneys’ fees. The case originated from the employer’s termination of one of the union’s shop stewards.  Patterson Harkavy attorney Mike Okun

Patterson Harkavy files lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of December 2016 special session

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed a lawsuit on behalf of Common Cause and ten North Carolina citizens.  The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the North Carolina General Assembly’s fourth extra session in December 2016. At the heart of the challenge is a violation of citizens’ constitutional right to “instruct their representatives” – a right expressly guaranteed

Betton suit receives national coverage in debate over the deadly consequences of police SWAT teams

More than a year ago, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Julian Betton, a South Carolina man who was shot nine times in his own home during a police raid.  The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now paralyzed from the waist down. Both the New York Times and

Duke graduate workers file for union election

Last week, Duke’s graduate student workers took the first step to forming a labor union by filing a recognition petition with the National Labor Relations Board.  Patterson Harkavy attorneys Mike Okun, Narendra Ghosh, and Paul Smith represent the student workers. In August, the National Labor Relations Board recognized that students employed by their universities were

Willie Grimes wrongful conviction suit settled for $3,250,000

Patterson Harkavy obtained a $3,250,000 settlement for Willie Grimes, an innocent man who served 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. In July of 1988, Mr. Grimes was wrongfully convicted of the rape and kidnapping of an elderly woman in Catawba County.  On October 4, 2012, thanks to the work of the North Carolina

Court denies motion to dismiss Joseph Sledge’s wrongful conviction suit

Last year, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Joseph Sledge, a man who served 37 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.  The suit alleged that Mr. Sledge was wrongfully convicted because officers with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation unlawfully withheld evidence that demonstrated

Court denies motion to dismiss First Amendment claim against sheriff’s office

Last year, Patterson Harkavy filed federal suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of former deputy sheriff Jeffrey Randleman.  The suit alleges that Mr. Randleman was fired for testifying truthfully about alleged racial profiling within the Sheriff’s Department, and that this constituted unconstitutional retaliation against Mr. Randleman. Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder

Narendra Ghosh appears before the NC Supreme Court, arguing tenure repeal unconstitutional

Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared today before the North Carolina Supreme Court, arguing that the General Assembly’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated teachers’ rights under the North Carolina Constitution and the United States Constitution. For over forty years, North Carolina public school teachers have been able to earn “career status” after successful completion of