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Recent Decisions From the North Carolina Supreme Court

State v. Rankin  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 23A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals vacating Defendant’s conviction for felony littering upon concluding that the indictment failed to allege an essential element of the statutory crime and wa...

Justus v. Rosner  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 255A17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals in this medical malpractice suit remanding the case for a new trial on the issue of damages, holding that the trial court did not err in setting aside the j...

State v. Wilson  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 295PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing and vacating Defendant’s conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm and reversing the trial court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to su...

Silver v. Halifax County Board of Commissioners  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 338A17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals affirming the superior court’s order dismissing this complaint under N.C. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), holding that the State, and not a board of county commissione...

Cooper v. Berger  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 409PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals affirming the decision of the superior court determining that the appointments process in N.C. Gen. Stat. 143B-9(a) does not violate the Constitution, holdi...

State v. Johnson  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 57PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals concluding that Defendant’s inculpatory statements to law enforcement should have been suppressed but that the error was harmless, holding that...

Azure Dolphin, LLC v. Barton  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 128A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court dismissing the claims that Plaintiffs asserted their first amended complaint and denying Plaintiffs’ second motion to amend their complaint, holding that the trial...

State v. Malachi  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 142PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating the judgment entered by the trial court convicting Defendant of possession of a firearm by a felon and having attained habitual felon status on the...

State v. Fowler
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 173PA17
In re Will of Allen  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 227PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case presenting the question of whether a handwritten codicil that referenced a provision of a self-proving will was valid the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing the order of su...

State v. Melton  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 253PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals upholding Defendant’s conviction for attempted murder, holding that Defendant’s motion to dismiss was improperly denied. A jury found Defendant guilty of a...

Morrell v. Hardin Creek, Inc.  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 318A17

Justia Opinion Summary: In this contract interpretation case, the Supreme Court reversed the portion of the court of appeals decision ruling that a critical paragraph in a commercial real estate lease was ambiguous and that, as a result, interp...

Pine v. Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 335A17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals affirming the decision of the North Carolina Industrial Commission awarding Plaintiff ongoing disability compensation and medical compensation for her medic...

N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board v. N.C. Board of Physical Therapy Examiners  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 380A17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the final judgment of the Business Court that upheld the declaratory ruling issued by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 150B-4 determining that...

State v. Meadows  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 400PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals finding no error in Defendant’s convictions and sentences. The Court of Appeals held that Defendant waived her sentencing arguments because Def...

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