Victory in NC Court of Appeals brings Willie Grimes’ total recovery to $5.4 million

Patterson Harkavy has obtained an additional $2.16 settlement on behalf of Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Combined with Mr. Grimes’ 2016 settlement with the City of Hickory, Mr. Grimes’ total recovery exceeds $5.4 million. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Burton Craige, Narendra Ghosh, Paul Smith, and Brad Bannon

Paul Smith appointed to Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith to a term on the Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina. The three-member Safety and Health Review Commission is an independent administrative adjudicatory body that hears contestments of citations, penalties, and abatement periods issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the

Elon faculty vote to unionize by wide margin

Last week, adjunct faculty at Elon University voted to unionize by nearly a 2-1 margin, with 112 votes in favor of the Union and 68 in opposition.  The faculty will affiliate with SEIU Workers United Southern Region, and will now move forward scheduling negotiations with the university. Patterson Harkavy represented the faculty before the National

Patterson Harkavy files class action alleging that recovery treatment centers exploited residents for unpaid labor

Patterson Harkavy and co-counsel, the NC Justice Center and Outten & Golden LLP, filed a class and collective action lawsuit on behalf of individuals struggling to overcome substance abuse and addiction who assert that they were exploited by a local recovery center for unpaid labor. According to the suit, Recovery Connections Community has escaped public

Patterson Harkavy prevents the NC General Assembly from changing 2018 election rules

Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith successfully prevented the North Carolina General Assembly from changing the rules for 2018 judicial elections. The General Assembly originally created a system in which judicial candidates would appear on the November ballot along with their party affiliation.  In late July, after candidate filing had closed, the General

Federal Court Affirms Ruling in Favor of Patterson Harkavy Client Shot by Police

Federal Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. entered an order and opinion last week affirming the decision of federal Judge Kaymani West to vacheron constantin replica allow police shooting victim Julian Betton’s lawsuit to go to trial against both the City of Myrtle Beach and its officer who shot Mr. Betton. After confirming Judge Quattlebaum’s appointment

Federal Judge’s Report over South Carolina police shooting gains national coverage

On May 21, federal Magistrate Judge Kaymani West recommended that Patterson Harkavy’s civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Julian Betton proceed to trial.  Police officers shot Mr. Betton nine times in his own home during a narcotics raid, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Last week, the Washington Post published an extensive article by

NC Court of Appeals rules in favor of Paul’s client, finds police officers violated Fourth Amendment

Yesterday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals published an opinion finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In North Carolina v. Stanley, a unanimous panel of the court held that police officers violated the Fourth Amendment when they knocked on a home’s back door without a warrant.   Police officers who do not have