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Dec 23, 2021

Cherokee Co. to pay $4M for illegal separation 

Cherokee County has agreed to pay $4 million to a woman who was unlawfully removed from her home when she was a minor by Department of Social Services employees who created and executed a fraudulent document that illegally separated dozens of families over nearly three decades. The Dec. 6 settlement comes on the heels of a $4.6 […]

Oct 6, 2021

City to pay $2M for police officer’s faked drug charges 

  The city of Raleigh will pay $2 million to 15 plaintiffs who claim that officers with the Raleigh Police Department used brown sugar and an unreliable confidential informant to frame them for drug trafficking.  Abraham Rubert-Schewel and Emily Gladden of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in Durham and Raleigh, and Michael Littlejohn of Charlotte, represented […]

Jun 3, 2021

Illegal family separation by DSS leads to $4.6M verdict 

  A federal jury has awarded $4.6 million to a father and daughter after finding that Cherokee County and several of its Department of Social Services’ employees created and executed a fraudulent document to remove the girl from her father’s custody.  Dozens of families have alleged that Cherokee County’s DSS illegally separated children from their parents. The May 13 verdic[...]

May 13, 2021

Justices consider hearing a case on ‘most offensive word’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Collier says that during the seven years he worked as an operating room aide at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, white nurses called him and other Black employees “boy.” Management ignored two large swastikas painted on a storage room wall. And for six months, he regularly rode an elevator with the […]

Apr 26, 2021

Agreement reached on protests at North Carolina courthouse

BURLINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups have settled a dispute with a North Carolina sheriff’s office over courthouse protests against a Confederate monument. The settlement guarantees that the grounds of the old Alamance County Courthouse must remain open to the public to exercise their First Amendment rights, requires the sheriff’s office to acknowledge that swear […]

Jan 28, 2021

Suit: Armed group seeking teen targeted Black woman’s home

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A law firm that advocates for victims of racial discrimination has filed a lawsuit over an incident in North Carolina in which it said a Black woman’s home came under siege by an armed group looking for a missing white teenager. The Washington-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the […]

Dec 17, 2020

Man shot by police officer settles claim for $275K

  A man who was shot in the face by a Wilmington police officer has settled a pre-lawsuit claim against the city of Wilmington and the Wilmington Police Department for $275,000, his attorneys report. Micheal Littlejohn Jr. of Charlotte and Abraham Rubert-Schewel of Tin Fulton Walker Owen in Chapel Hill report that their client, whose […]

Apr 9, 2020

Wilmington man settles civil rights suit against detective for $500K

  A Wilmington man who faced charges of first-degree rape and other sex crimes, all of which were eventually dismissed, has negotiated a $500,000 settlement with the detective who issued the warrants for his arrest, the man’s attorney reports. Carlos Mahoney of Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney in Durham reports that his client, James Bader, […]

Dec 13, 2019

Civil rights lawyers stake claim in Confederate statue case

A national civil rights group has warned the leaders of the University of North Carolina that they should reconsider a $2.5 million settlement involving a statue of a Confederate soldier that protesters toppled last year at the system’s flagship campus. In a letter sent to the attorney who represented the UNC Board of Governors, the […]

Dec 9, 2019

S.C. civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported. One of the first black women to practice law in South Carolina, Primus worked with the American Civil Liberties Union in the […]

Jun 26, 2018

Muslim worker says NC discriminating against him for beard

RALEIGH (AP) A supervisor used a racial slur to describe a Muslim worker and suggested he only converted to Islam to keep his beard, according to a discrimination complaint filed by a civil rights group against a North Carolina state agency. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a news release June 25 that it filed […]

Nov 22, 2017

Tort/Negligence – Civil Rights – False Arrest Claim – Waiver Agreement – Glider Pilot – Nuclear Power Plant

Cox v. Duke Energy Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-204-17, 23 pp.) (Paul Niemeyer, J.) 16-6625; Nov. 20, 2017; USDC at Florence, S.C. (Bruce Hendricks, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: The plaintiff-glider pilot, who flew near a nuclear power plant, waived his false arrest claim against the defendant-sheriff in exchange for dismissal of a breach of the peace charge, after […]

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