A Dare County judge will not get a chance to tell his side of his story to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in a case where the court vacated an unusual order giving the judge authority to hear employment disputes against the Kill Devil Hills Police Department.
State v. Oates In a criminal case, when a trial court orally renders an order or judgment in open court, a party may give oral notice of appeal in open court or the party may file written notice of appeal at any time between (1) the court’s oral rendering of the order or judgment and (2) fourteen days after the court’s entry of the order or judgment into the record.
Johnson v. Opsitnick The trial court found at the summary judgment stage that the parties’ prior settlement agreement did not relieve defendants of the obligation of paying a $40,777.63 promissory note. Defendants’ appeal of this ruling was rendered moot when the jury found that defendants took advantage of a position of trust and confidence to induce plaintiff to enter into the settlement agreement so as to void that agreement. Since the settlement agreement is void, the issue of whether it relieved defendants of the obligation of paying the promissory note is now moot.
McCoy v. City of Charlotte A superior court judge is not bound by the ruling of another superior court judge on the question of subject matter jurisdiction.
Duncan v. Duncan The trial court has ruled that the parties’ 1989 Cherokee wedding was valid and that the defendant-husband must pay the plaintiff-wife alimony; however, the court has not yet ruled on the wife’s request for attorney’s fees, and the trial court did not certify its rulings for immediate appeal.
Builders Mutual Ins. Co. v. Meeting Street Builders, LLC In an insurer’s declaratory judgment action stemming from a South Carolina lawsuit by a homeowners’ association (HOA) against the companies that built the HOA members’ townhomes, the denial of a motion to dismiss for failure to join a necessary party – the HOA – is an interlocutory order.
Boynton v. McLaurin Even though the handpiece of the laser that the spa leased/purchased stopped working after five months of use, this did not prove false the contract’s statement that the laser was nearly new.
Murphy-Smith v. North Carolina Department of Correction A deputy commissioner awarded plaintiff, among other things, salary continuation, and the defendant-employer’s appeal specifically contested that part of the award. Where the full Industrial Commission directed the employer to pay for plaintiff’s medical treatment but made no mention of salary continuation, the Commission failed to decide all of the matters in controversy between the parties.
State v. Kelly Defendant contends that the trial court erred by failing to instruct the jury on jury nullification. We know of no authority for the trial court to instruct the jury on jury nullification, which is the jury’s knowing and deliberate rejection of the evidence or refusal to apply the law. If defendant’s argument were to be adopted, it would lead to chaos and an absence of justice in North Carolina.
Bigger v. Arnold The trial court ruled in favor of one beneficiary (the testator’s widow) over another beneficiary (a college). The college – the aggrieved party -- did not appeal. Since the order affected only the distribution rights of the beneficiaries, the executor lacks standing to appeal.