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State v. Watts  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 132A16

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted, after a jury trial, of attempted first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense with a child, and kidnapping. Defendant appealed, arguing that his motion “for an instruction” was clearly a reques...

Christenbury Eye Center, P.A. v. Medflow, Inc.  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 141PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Plaintiff and Defendants entered into an agreement. Defendants never performed any of their obligations under the agreement. For more than a decade, Defendants allegedly continued to be in breach of the agreemen...

State v. Johnson  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 151PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court correctly denied Defendant’s motion to suppress. Defendant was pulled over for driving at an unsafe speed given the road conditions and cited for driving while impaired. Defendant filed a motion to su...

Kornegay Family Farms LLC v. Cross Creek Seed, Inc.  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 187PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant may not enforce several limitation of remedies clauses against Plaintiffs, several commercial farmers in North Carolina, in defense of lawsuits premised on Defendant’s distribution of allegedly mislabeled tobac...

Wray v. City of Greensboro  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 255A16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s order of dismissal that dismissed the attempts of Plaintiff, a former chief of police for the City of Greensboro, to obtain reimbursement from t...

Fidelity Bank v. N.C. Department of Revenue  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 392A16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the North Carolina Business Court’s substantive decision interpreting N.C. Gen. Stat. 105-130.5(b)(1) so as to preclude The Fidelity Bank from deducting “market discount income” relating to dis...

Fid. Bank v. N.C. Dep't of Revenue
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 393PA16
State v. Miller  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 113PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with violating N.C. Gen. Stat. 90-95(d1)(1)(c). Defendant filed a motion requesting the trial court to declare section 90-95(d1)(1)(c) unconstitutional on the grounds that punishing him for violatin...

Murray v. Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 124A16
State v. Godwin  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 167PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of driving while impaired. The court of appeals awarded Defendant a new trial, concluding that N.C. R. Evid. 702(a1) requires that a witness explicitly be found to be an expert before testifying t...

Stokes v. Crumpton  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 168A16

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed an action seeking equitable distribution of the parties’ marital assets and child support. Plaintiff and Defendant agreed to arbitrate the action under North Carolina’s Family Law Arbitration Act. Plainti...

State v. Todd  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 18A14-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The record should be further developed in this case before a reviewing court can adequately address Defendant's ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Defendant was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The co...

State v. Romano  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 199PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: N.C. Gen. Stat. 20-16.2(b) alone does not create a per se exception to the warrant requirement. At issue before the Supreme Court was whether section 20-16.2(b), which authorizes law enforcement to obtain a blood sample...

State v. Holloman  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 208PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals erred by determining the the trial court committed prejudicial error in instructing the jury concerning the right of self-defense. Defendant was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the in...

State v. McKiver
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 213PA16
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