North Carolina Supreme Court Decisions 2016

North Carolina State Bar v. Tillett  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 208PA15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judicial Standards Commission (JSC) imposed a public reprimand on Judge Jerry R. Tillett (Defendant), a judge in Judicial District One of the General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division, for misconduct while in…

State v. Allman  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 25A16

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with six offenses pertaining to the manufacture, possession and sale or delivery of illegal drugs. Defendant filed a motion to suppress evidence seized during the search of her home, asserting that…

Turner v. Thomas
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 319PA14
State v. Carvalho
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 369A15
City of Asheville v. State  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 391PA15

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, legislation was enacted requiring the City of Asheville to involuntarily transfer the assets it uses to operate a public water system to a newly-created metropolitan water and sewerage district. The City filed a…

State v. Floyd  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 474PA14

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Defendant was indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and attaining habitual felon status. The indictment listed the underlying felony as attempted…

State v. Moir
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 49PA14
State v. Young
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 80A14
State v. Perry  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 81A14

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree murder. The trial judge sentenced Defendant to a term of life imprisonment without parole for his murder conviction. The…

CommScope Credit Union v. Butler & Burke, LLP  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 5PA15

Justia Opinion Summary: CommScope Credit Union (Plaintiff), a state-chartered credit union, hired Butler & Burke, LLP (Defendant), a certified public accounting firm, to conduct annual independent audits of its financial statements. Plaintiff…

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC v. Gray  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 108PA14-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke) owned an easement in Huntersville, North Carolina allowing construction of and access to its power lines. A portion of Herbert Gray’s property encroached on Duke’s right-of-way. Duke…

Morris v. Scenera Research LLC  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 429PA13

Justia Opinion Summary: After his employment with Scenera Research LLC ended, Robert Morris (Plaintiff) sued Scenera and its CEO (collectively, Defendants), alleging Defendants owed him $210,000 in bonuses and that he was fired in retaliation…

Kirby v. NCDOT
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 56PA14-2
Faires v. State Bd. of Elections
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 84A16
State v. Snead  
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 90PA15

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for felony larceny and conspiracy to commit felony larceny. Defendant admitted that he stole clothing from Belk’s Department Store, and Belk’s surveillance system captured the theft on video. The…

Beverage Sys. of the Carolinas, LLC v. Associated Beverage Repair, LLC  
Date: March 18, 2016
Docket Number: 316A14

Justia Opinion Summary: Beverage Systems of the Carolinas, LLC (Plaintiff) entered into an asset purchase agreement with Loudine Dotoli and two companies to purchase the assets, customer lists, and inventory of the companies. The parties…

State ex rel. McCrory v. Berger  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 113A15

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs challenged legislation that authorizes the General Assembly to appoint a majority of the voting members of three administrative commissions, alleging that, by giving itself the power to appoint commission…

McLaughlin v. Bailey
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 163A15
Lloyd v. Bailey
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 181PA15
State v. Williams  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 333PA14

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a registered sex offender, was found guilty of failure to provide timely written notice of his change of address. Defendant appealed, arguing that the indictment was fatally defective because it identified the…

Young v. Bailey  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 355PA14-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s employment as a deputy sheriff was terminated following the reelection of Defendant to the office of Sheriff of Mecklenburg County. Plaintiff filed suit alleging wrongful termination in violation of N.C. Gen.…

Irving v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Bd. of Educ.  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 557PA13

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s car was struck by a school activity bus transporting students and school staff to an extracurricular event. Plaintiff brought this action before the North Carolina Industrial Commission pursuant to the Tort…

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