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May 7, 2018

NC man acquitted in wife’s death reaches $200K settlement

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) The attorney for a dentist acquitted of a murder charge in his estranged wife’s death says his client has reached a $200,000 settlement in his lawsuit alleging that State Bureau of Investigation agents in North Carolina tried to frame him. Attorney John Vermitsky said the settlement was reached in the lawsuit filed in […]

May 2, 2018

Police officer can sue over firing for political beliefs

RALEIGH (AP) A North Carolina appeals court is giving a former police officer a new shot at suing local officials over his firing weeks after running for Jackson County sheriff. The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled a judge shouldn’t have dismissed Curtis Lambert’s lawsuit against the town of Sylva before a jury could […]

May 2, 2018

Judge: Libel case over double-voting accusations to continue

RALEIGH (AP) Four North Carolina voters can pursue their libel lawsuit against allies of former Gov. Pat McCrory and a Virginia law firm that tried to help the Republican politician’s unsuccessful effort to disqualify votes and win re-election in 2016, attorneys learned May 1. Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour notified attorneys he’s decided to allow […]

Apr 27, 2018

Jury hits pork giant for $50M for hog operation’s nuisance

RALEIGH (AP) A federal jury on April 27 awarded more than $50 million in damages to neighbors of an industrial hog operation found responsible for intense smells, noise and other disturbances so bad people couldn’t enjoy their rural homes. Jurors on awarded the 10 neighbors of a 15,000-head swine operation a total of $750,000 in compensation, […]

Apr 27, 2018

Auto-parts price-fixing lawsuit settles for $1.03 billion

33 defendants agreed to settlements in cases which allege that they fixed the price of vehicle parts. As a result, the group will be paying $432 million in addition to a previous settlement worth $604 million. This brings the total settlement price to $1.03 billion. The lawsuit alleged that the group of defendants fixed the […]

Apr 13, 2018

Deputies: Law requires secrecy for fatal shooting files

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office said it’s obligated by state law to keep investigative files secret as it fights a lawsuit alleging excessive force by deputies, including the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in 2015. Lawyers for Harnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding this week in court documents to […]

Apr 12, 2018

North Carolina Court Allows Case Against Dance Instructors

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dance instructors who glided off to a competing dance studio can still be sued by the employer who wrangled the foreign-born pair’s permission to work in the United States, North Carolina’s highest court said. The state Supreme Court decided last week that breach of contract and other claims can continue against dance […]

Apr 11, 2018

Cooper says court rulings favoring Republican need appeals

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t giving up following new court rulings favoring Republican legislative leaders and the laws they passed. Cooper’s lawyers are expected to appeal judicial decisions upholding laws that reduced the number of Court of Appeals judges and directed the governor to include increased funding for taxpayer-funded private school tuition […]

Apr 10, 2018

Pirate video pirated?

Sidebar ponders what Blackbeard would think were he to encounter a modern digital pirate. It seems a safe assumption that he would not think highly of those who download and share files illegally, not because he disagreed with the act of taking things that weren’t his, but because it looks considerably dweebier than lighting your […]

Apr 10, 2018

Judges rule for GOP in latest power struggle with governor

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina state judges favored Republican legislative leaders in the latest batch of rulings about laws that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says are unconstitutional. A majority on a three-judge panel dismissed portions of a lawsuit from Cooper by affirming one law that will reduce the number of Court of Appeals judges from 15 to […]

Apr 6, 2018

NC Marine Commission sued for fishy dealings

The North Carolina Fisheries Association is suing the Marine Fisheries Commission over what they call a lack of transparency and for violating open-meeting laws. The lawsuit, filed March 28, comes after the Commission voted 5-4 in February to recommend that the General Assembly change commercial fishing license criteria. NCFA says that the vote happened despite […]

Apr 2, 2018

Industrial-scale pork on trial in federal nuisance lawsuits

RALEIGH (AP) Drive past clustered hog sheds containing thousands of animals in the country’s No. 2 pork-producing state on the wrong day and the reason hundreds of North Carolina neighbors are suing in federal court is clear: it really stinks. The question facing jurors in a federal lawsuit starting April 2 is whether the open-air animal […]

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