Patterson Harkavy files suit challenging constitutionality of NC private school voucher scheme

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of seven North Carolina parents challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s private school voucher program.  The suit is supported by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the National Education Association (NEA). Officially known as “Opportunity Scholarships,” the North Carolina private school voucher program provides $4,200 per

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 was constitutional at its inception

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 agents with the 15th Circuit

Court blocks use of gerrymandered NC congressional districts in 2020 election

In late September, Patterson Harkavy and Arnold & Porter filed suit on behalf of plaintiffs challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts as an extreme partisan gerrymander, designed to benefit Republicans at the expense of Democratic voters. Today, a three judge panel issued a preliminary injunction finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in the lawsuit.

Julian Betton’s Case Argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals

On September 18, 2019, the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Julian Betton’s lawsuit over a police raid of his home in the City of Myrtle Beach in 2015. The trial court ruled in Betton’s favor on the question of whether the City’s police officer should be immune from suit,

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