North Carolina Supreme Court Decisions 2019

In re I.G.C.  
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 105A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the district court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father to their two minor children, holding that the district court made sufficient findings of fact, based on cle...

In re Z.V.A.  
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 180A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Parents' parental rights to their minor child, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. Specifically, the Court held (1) the di...

State v. Corey  
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 189PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court arrested judgment with respect to Defendant's conviction for committing a sex offense against a child and vacated the trial court's judgment, holding that the indictment underlying Defendant's convictio...

State v. Campbell  
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 252PA14-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's conviction of felony larceny, holding that insufficient evidence existed to support the larceny charge. After two remands...

Daughtridge v. Tanager Land, LLC  
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 325PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a disputed property line the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's dismissal of Plaintiffs' claim and granting summary judgment and other relief to...

Hamlet H.M.A., LLC v. Hernandez
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 425A18
In re A.R.A.  
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 65A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her three children, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in terminating Mother's parental rights....

Intersal, Inc. v. Hamilton  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 115PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging that the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) breached a 199...

State v. Ditenhafer  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 126A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the decision of the court of appeals determining that the trial court erred by denying Defendant's motion to dismiss charges of felonious obstruction o...

In re T.H.  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 151A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights, holding that the issues raised by counsel in Mother's brief were meritless. The trial court terminated Mother's parental righ...

In re Z.O.M.  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 152A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two children, holding that the issues raised by counsel in Mother's brief were meritless. After a hearing, the trial co...

In re N.D.A.  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 184A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his minor child on the grounds of neglect and willful abandonment, holding that the findings in the trial court's order were...

In re J.E.  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 214A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that the issues raised by counsel in Mother's brief lacked merit. After hearings, the trial court enter...

In re J.B.S.  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 232A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his two children, holding that the issues raised by counsel in Father's brief lacked merit. After a hearing, the trial cour...

State v. Malone  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 379A17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder, holding that the court of appeals properly found that the identificati...

State v. Royster  
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: 441A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of trafficking in cocaine by possession, holding that Defendant did not waive his sufficiency of the evidence argument and that the court of appeals' conclusion that the...

In re C.M.C.  
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 109A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her daughter C.M.C., holding that the trial court did not err by entering the set of termination orders which Mother sought...

In re C.B.C.  
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 115A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's order terminating Father's parental rights to his minor child, C.B.C., on the grounds of neglect and willful abandonment, holding that the trial court's conclusion that ground...

In re A.U.D.  
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 133A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court declining to terminate Father's parental rights to his children based on its determination that termination would not be in the best interests of the children, h...

In re Foster  
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 215A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court ordered that Angela C. Foster be censured for conduct in violation of Canons 1, 2A, 3A(3) and 3A(4) of the North Carolina Code of Judicial Conduct and for conduct prejudicial to the administration of ju...

State v. Ryan
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 366A10
Chávez v. Wadlington
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 366A18
State v. Helms  
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 397A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of taking indecent liberties with a child and determining that the State presented sufficient evidence of the N.C. Gen. Sta...

Hampton v. Cumberland Cty
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 60PA18
In re Z.L.W.  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 116A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Respondents' parental rights to his two children, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that termination of Respondent...

State v. Lewis  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 140PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversing in part the trial court's denial of Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that the omission o...

State v. Morgan  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 150A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's judgment revoking Defendant's probation after his probation period expired without making a finding of fact that good caused exi...

State v. Courtney  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 160PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that Defendant's right to be free from double jeopardy was violated when the State voluntarily dismissed Defendant's charge after his first trial en...

State v. McDaniel  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 161A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of a divided panel of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's convictions of felonious breaking and entering and felonious larceny, holding that the evidence presented at trial c...

State v. Grady  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 179A14-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals reversing, but only as to Defendant individually, the superior court's determination that North Carolina's satellite-based monitoring (SBM) of s...

In re T.T.E.  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 238A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court denying a juvenile's motion to dismiss a petition alleging disorderly conduct, holding that the court of appeal...

In re B.O.A.  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 264PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the determination of the trial court that the parental rights of Mother in her daughter were subject to termination pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B...

State v. Bowman  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 274A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first-degree murder and other offenses and sentencing him to life imprisonment without par...

Crowell v. Crowell  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 31A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals upholding the trial court's distributive award in an equitable distribution action that contemplated the use of a spouse's separate property, holding that t...

State v. Osborne  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 355PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's denial of Defendant's motion to dismiss a charge of possession of heroin for insufficiency of the evidence, holding that the rec...

In re L.E.M.  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 383A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals dismissing Respondent's appeal from the trial court's order terminating Respondent's parental rights, holding that Rule 3.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Ap...

State v. Diaz  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 412PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the opinion of the court of appeals granting Defendant a new trial on his abduction of a child and statutory rape charges on the grounds that Defendant was prejudic...

State v. Terrell  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 55A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that a law enforcement officer's warrantless search of Defendant's USB drive was not permissible under the "private-search doctrine," holding tha...

State v. Parisi  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 65A17-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgments of the trial courts allowing Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that the trial courts' findings of fact failed to support their...

In re E.H.P  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 70A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminated Respondent's parental rights based on the grounds of willful abandonment and willful failure to pay child support, holding that sufficient evidence supp...

In re T.N.H.  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 92A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to Troy, holding that the trial court's conclusion that grounds existed pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(9) was sufficien...

Town of Nags Head v. Richardson
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 244A18
Sykes v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 248A18

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning civil liability based on insurer conduct affecting chiropractic services, the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court dismissing all claims in this case, relying on and incorporating i...

Sykes v. Health Network Solutions, Inc.  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 251PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the Business Court's dismissal of Plaintiffs' claims against Defendants Health Network Solutions, Inc. (HNS) and HNS's individual owners alleging that HNS committed antitrust and other violatio...

State v. Harvey  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 290A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the determination of the court of appeals upholding Defendant's conviction of second-degree murder, holding that the trial court did not err in declining Defendant's request to instruct the jur...

State v. Alvarez
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 299A18
State v. Bursell  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 124A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the trial court imposing lifetime satellite-based monitoring (SBM) upon Defendant without prejudice to the State's ability to file another application for SBM, holding that the tria...

In re E.D.  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 125PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that N.C. Gen. Stat. 122C-266(a) imposes a statutory mandate that automatically preserves violation of that subsection for appellate review regar...

State v. Lofton  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 143PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's conviction for manufacturing marijuana, holding that the indictment returned for the purpose of charging Defendant with manufacturing m...

State v. Daniel
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 164A18
Piazza v. Kirkbride  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 181A16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals to uphold the judgment of the trial court refusing to grant a new trial to Defendant, who was held liable pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 78A-56(a)...

Wells Fargo Ins. Servs. USA v. Link
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 300A18
State v. White  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 396PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the superseding indictment upon which Defendant was tried and convicted was facially defective, and thus failed to establish jurisdiction in the trial court, because it failed to name the vict...

State v. J.C.  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 405PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals dismissing the State's appeal from the trial court's order granting J.C.'s expunction with respect to his conviction for the offense of indecent liberties w...

In re Smith  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 419A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court ordered that Respondent, April M. Smith, a Judge of the General Court of Justice, District Court Division, Judicial District Twelve, be publicly reprimanded for conduct in violation of Canons 1, 2A, 3A(...

State v. Mills
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 526A13-2
State v. Mumma  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 90PA18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals determining that the trial court did not commit prejudicial error by allowing the jury, without consent of the parties, to review certain photo...

Preiss v. Wine & Design Franchise, LLC
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 390A18
County of Durham ex rel. Wilson v. Burnette
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 404A18
State v. Tart  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 427PA17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals holding that the State's remarks during its closing argument in this criminal case did not entitle Defendant to a new trial but reversed the court of appeal...

State v. Phachoumphone
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 65PA18
Pachas v. N.C. Department of Health & Human Services  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 144A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Court of Appeals ruling that the superior court lacked jurisdiction to decide whether its previous order was being violated by the North Carolina Department of Health and Hum...

State v. Gentle
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 240A18
State v. Thompson
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 24A18
Saunders v. ADP TotalSource Fi Xi, Inc.  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 399PA16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating the order of the superior court reversing the decision of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which declined to award certain attorney’s fees...

In re J.A.M.  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 7PA17-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals that the clear and convincing evidence and the trial court’s findings of fact supported the trial court’s conclusion of law that J.A.M. was neglected, holdi...

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