North Carolina Supreme Court Decisions 2021

In re C.N.R.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 102A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father in their daughter, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion. After a hearing, the…

State v. Taylor  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 156PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals that vacated Defendant's conviction and remanded the case to the trial court for entry of a judgment of acquittal, holding that remand was required for a new…

In re Z.J.M.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 162A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his child, holding that the issues identified by counsel in Father's brief as arguably supporting the appeal were…

In re S.G.S  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 169A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her child, holding that the findings of fact contained in the trial court's termination orders had ample record support and…

State v. Kinston Charter Academy  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 16PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that North Carolina charter schools are not state agencies and are, consequently, precluded from asserting a defense of sovereign immunity, and charter schools are not "persons" as defined in N.C.…

Cummings v. Carroll  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 216A20

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 grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing…

In re S.J.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 275A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order entered by the district court terminating Father's parental rights in his five minor children, holding that there was no error. After a termination hearing, the trial court concluded…

In re T.I.S.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 320A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her three children, holding that the issues identified by counsel in Mother's brief as arguably supporting Mother's appeal…

In re J.I.T.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 333A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Respondent's parental rights, holding that the purported issues addressed by counsel in support of the appeal were meritless. After a hearing, the…

Reynolds Am. Inc. v. Third Motion Equities Master Fund Ltd.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 368A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the business court determining the fair value of shares held by shareholders in Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), holding that the dissenters' challenges to the business court's…

N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. v. Dana  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 374PA19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming an order of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of Insureds and against Insurer in reliance upon its prior decision in N.C. Farm…

In re N.B.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 378A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her juvenile child, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that termination was in the…

State v. Schalow  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 40PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's motion to dismiss the charges against him based for vindictive prosecution and failure to join, holding that the court of…

State v. Johnson  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 420A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder under the felony murder rule but vacated the trial court's judgment as to Defendant's conviction of robbery with a dangerous weapon, holding that…

McMillan v. Blue Ridge Cos.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 492A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting Plaintiffs' motion to certify three classes for a class action lawsuit, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion. Plaintiffs were…

In re A.L.A.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 496A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights, holding that the district court did not err. After a hearing, the trial court entered an order concluding that grounds…

In re C.B.C.B.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 521A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child based on N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(8) and thereafter ceasing reunification with Mother, holding that there was no…

In re K.A.M.A.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 55A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his son, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion. After a hearing, the trial court entered an order…

In re R.G.L.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 99A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his child, holding that there was no error. After a termination hearing, the trial court concluded that grounds existed to…

In re L.M.M.  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 9A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to L.M.M., holding that the trial court did not err in concluding that grounds existed to terminate Father's parental rights…

In re P.R.F.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 109A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her four minor children, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. After a hearing, the trial court entered…

In re I.P.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 124A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his minor child, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. After a hearing, the trial court terminated…

In re K.W.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 175A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. After a hearing, the trial court found that grounds existed to…

In re J.G.S.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 193A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his child, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. The trial court entered an order determining that…

In re C.M.F.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 209A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in three of her children, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion. After a hearing, the trial court…

In re A.E.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 253A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Father and Mother in their minor children J.V., E.V., and A.V. and terminating Mother's parental rights in her minor child A.E.,…

In re T.T.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 363A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her minor daughter, holding that there was no error. After a hearing, the trial court entered an order terminating Mother's…

In re N.C.E.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 366A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two children, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that it was in the children's…

In re L.G.G.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 458A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Respondents' parental rights in their three minor children, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion. The trial court entered an order…

In re N.K.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 506A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court terminating Mother's parental rights to her daughter, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. Following a hearing, the trial court entered an…

In re S.C.C.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 511A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Parents in their daughter, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. After a hearing, the trial court entered an…

In re J.B.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 514A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his minor child, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion. The trial court entered an order…

In re C.K.I.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 523A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights on the ground of willful abandonment, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. After a hearing, the trial court…

In re W.K.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 530A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in this private termination of parental rights proceeding initiated by Petitioners, holding that there was no error or abuse of…

In re M.E.S.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 69A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights, holding that the trial court properly terminated Father's parental rights based on N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(7). The trial…

In re J.K.F.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 82A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her three minor children, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion in terminating Mother's parental…

In re I.E.M.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 85A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her daughter, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. After a termination of parental rights proceeding,…

In re A.A.M.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 91A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his child, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. After a hearing, the trial court entered an order…

State v. Leaks  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 149PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals holding that the trial court did not err in declining to give Defendant's requested modified self-defense instruction at trial, holding that…

State v. Graham  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 155PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals in this criminal sentencing case, holding that there was no error in the determination that Defendant's out-of-state conviction may be counted as an…

State v. Dew  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 284PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of multiple assaults against his girlfriend, holding that the trial court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to dismiss all but one assault charge. After a jury…

Ward v. Halprin
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2A21
State v. Strudwick  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 334PA19-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's order in this case, which imposed continuous GPS tracking using a small, unobtrusive ankle monitor on Defendant for life,…

State v. Wright
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 408A20
In re Z.M.T.  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 416A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights, holding that Mother could not prevail on her ineffective assistance of counsel claim. After a hearing, the trial court…

Bandy v. A Perfect Fit For You, Inc.  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 429A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the business court refusing to authorize the court-appointed receiver for the company A Perfect Fit For You, Inc. to pay fees to the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP for…

In re B.R.L.  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 460A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights on the grounds of neglect and willful abandonment, holding that the trial court erred. Petitioners filed a petition to…

In re O.E.M.  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 471A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the trial court's order terminating Father's parental rights in his son, holding that the failure of the Transylvania County Department of Social Services (DSS) to verify its motion in the cause…

Plantation Building of Wilmington, Inc. v. Town of Leland  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 515A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting a motion for class certification filed after a summary judgment motion had been granted in favor of the plaintiff in this case, Plantation Building of…

Copeland v. Amward Homes of N.C., Inc
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 56PA20
In re D.C.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's and Father's parental rights to their child, holding that the trial court properly adjudicated the existence of a ground for termination under…

State v. Ricks  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 233A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating the orders of the trial court imposing lifetime satellite-based monitoring (SBM) upon Defendant, holding that the court of appeals abused its…

State v. Hilton  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 292A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reinstated the order of the trial court imposing lifetime satellite-based monitoring (SBM) based upon Defendant's status as an aggravated offender, holding that the order complied with the Fourth…

In re M.Y.P.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 364A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. The trial court entered an order determining that grounds existed to…

In re M.R.J.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 37A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her minor child, holding that the trial court had subject matter jurisdiction and did not abuse its discretion in…

In re D.T.H.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 382A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his son, David, holding that the legally valid findings of fact contained in the trial court's termination order did not…

In re J.D.D.J.C.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 39A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her minor children, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion. After a hearing, the trial court…

In re B.J.H.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 411A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's and Mother's respective parental rights to their two children, holding that the findings of fact adequately supported the ground for…

In re K.B.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 48A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court concluding that grounds existed to terminate Mother's and Father's parental rights to their children and that it was in the children's best interests that their…

In re K.J.E.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 500A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his son, holding that the trial court failed to make proper findings on adjudication. Mother initiated this action seeking…

In re L.H.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 501A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her minor daughters, holding that the evidence supported the trial court's adjudication of the existence of grounds for…

In re D.J.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 528A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her minor child, holding that Mother was not entitled to relief on her allegations of error. The trial court found that…

In re T.M.B.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 5A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her minor child, holding that one of the grounds outlined in N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a) existed to justify terminating…

In re M.R.F.  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 83A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his minor child, holding that the evidence was insufficient to support the necessary findings to establish any of the…

In re M.A.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 218A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights on the grounds of neglect and willful failure to make reasonable progress to correct the conditions that led to the child's…

In re Z.G.J.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 339A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her minor child, holding that the trial court's findings of fact did not support its conclusion that grounds for…

In re A.L.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 370A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and remanded the order of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights in her child, holding that, while the trial court properly applied North Carolina law in terminating…

In re S.C.L.R.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 371A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's order terminating Mother's parental rights to her daughter but reversed the order terminating Father's parental rights as to Sue, holding that the court's challenged findings…

In re A.P.W.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 418A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father in their three minor children, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion. After a…

In re A.C.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 446A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her child, holding that there was no error on the part of the trial court. The Department of Social Services filed a…

In re J.E.H.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 449A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her five children, holding that the issues identified by counsel as arguably supporting the appeal were meritless. The…

In re J.L.F.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 451A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his minor child, holding that the issues identified by Father's appellate counsel as potentially supporting an award of…

In re K.N.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 459A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his two children, holding that the trial court properly terminated Father's parental rights based on N.C. Gen. Stat.…

In re D.M.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 473A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his two minor children and the permanency-planning order that eliminated reunification with Father from the children's…

In re A.S.D.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 489A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that the trial court properly terminated Mother's parental rights. The Department of Social Services…

In re M.J.M.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 494A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two minor children, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. This was an appeal in private…

State v. Allen  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 115A04-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the portions of the motion for appropriate relief (MAR) court's order summarily dismissing Defendant's guilt-innocence phase ineffective assistance of counsel (IAC) claims, vacated the portion…

State v. Chavez  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 184A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals ruling that the trial court committed plain error by incorrectly instructing the jury on the conspiracy to commit first-degree murder charge against…

State v. Shuler  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 187PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions of felony trafficking in methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana, holding that a defendant does not…

N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. v. Lunsford  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 242A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order and declaratory judgment of the superior court in favor of Defendant in this personal injury action, holding that, under the…

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Stocks  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 296A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the order of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff reforming a deed of trust and allowing foreclosure, holding that…

Estate of Long v. Fowler  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 303A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court dismissing this complaint against Defendants in their individual capacities, holding that the complaint adequately…

Mucha v. Wagner  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 307PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the trial court to exercise personal jurisdiction over Defendant, Logan Wagner, in a proceeding initiated by Plaintiff, Marisa Mucha, who was seeking to obtain a domestic…

In re Harris Teeter, LLC  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 311A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals ruling that an assessment that Mecklenburg County made of the business personal property owned by Harris Teeter, LLC at six grocery stores reflected the…

Carolina Mulching Co. v. Raleigh-Wilmington Investors II, LLC  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 348A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeal reversing the judgment of the trial court in favor Plaintiff on its claim for breach of contract, holding that the court of appeals did not err by reversing…

State v. Johnson  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 3A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence of a bag of narcotics seized from his vehicle during a traffic stop,…

Southern Environmental Law Center v. N.C. Railroad Co.  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 453A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the superior court court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants and concluding that North Carolina Railroad Company was not an agency or subdivision of the North Carolina…

State v. Austin  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 461A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions of assault on a female and habitual misdemeanor assault, holding that Defendant received a fair trial free from error. On…

In re M.S.E.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 192A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her two children, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion. The trial court entered an order…

In re E.S.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's and Father's parental rights in their two daughters, Elyse and Elizabeth, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in its…

In re T.A.M.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 276A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father in their two minor children, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in any issue raised by…

In re B.S.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 322A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court finding that grounds existed to terminate Father's parental rights to his child pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(1), (2), and (5) and that termination was in…

In re M.S.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 343A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her three children and terminating the children's two fathers' parental rights to the children, holding that there was no…

In re J.E.E.R.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 344A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(2)-(3), and (7), holding that the trial court's findings of fact supporting its…

In re I.J.W.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 347A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his minor children, holding that the trial court did not err in finding that there were grounds pursuant too N.C. Gen. Stat.…

In re Z.R.  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 353A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her three minor children, holding that the trial court correctly found that Mother's parental rights were subject to…

State v. Parker  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 119PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals finding Defendant guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon, holding that there was no error in Defendant's conviction. After the jury returned its…

In re Pool  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 14A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court ordered that Respondent, C. Randy Pool, a Judge of the General Court of Justice, District Court Division, Judicial District 29A, be censured for conduct in violation of Canons 1, 2A, 2B, 3A(4), and…

State v. Blagg  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 261A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the majority decision of the court of appeals finding no error in Defendant's trial and conviction, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to dismiss the charge…

State v. Hamer  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 279A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of speeding ninety-four miles per hour in a sixty-five mile-per-hour zone, holding that Defendant knowingly and voluntarily waived his constitutional right to a jury…

McGuire v. LORD Corp
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 320A20
Cheryl Lloyd Humphrey Land Investment Co., LLC v. Resco Products, Inc.  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 326PA19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court granting Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's tortious interference with a prospective economic advantage…

Crazie Overstock Promotions, LLC v. State  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 345PA19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversing and remanding in part and order entered by the superior court entering final judgment in favor of Defendants in…

State v. Betts  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 376A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals finding no plain error in the judgment of conviction of Defendant for three counts of indecent liberties with a child, holding that Defendant…

Diamond Candles, LLC v. Winter, et al
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 399A20
In re I.K.  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 403A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's permanency planning order granting guardianship of Iliana to her maternal grandmother, holding that the trial court did not err…

State v. Cheeks  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 421PA19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions for first-degree murder by starvation and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and Defendant's sentence…

Window World of Baton Rouge, LLC v. Window World, Inc
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 436A19
Deminski v. State Board of Education  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 60A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to dismiss, holding that governmental immunity did not bar Plaintiff's claim under the…

State v. Goins  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 71A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals ordering a new trial in this case on the grounds that the prosecutor's commentary on Defendant's decision to plead not guilty was so unfair it violated…

In re M.J.R.B.  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 76A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the trial court terminating Parents' parental rights to their children pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(1), (2), and (6), holding that a lack…

In re D.A.A.R.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 224A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her minor child, holding that the trial court abused its discretion. After a three-day hearing, the trial court determined…

In re T.M.L.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 232A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his two minor children, holding that the trial court's findings of fact supported its conclusion that grounds existed for…

In re M.L.B.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 243A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court terminating Respondents' parental rights to their child, holding that the trial court impermissibly failed to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act. After a…

In re A.W.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 24A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court adjudicating Mother's child a neglected and dependent juvenile and the trial court's order terminating Mother's parental rights in her child based on neglect and…

In re J.E.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 262A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion. After a hearing, the trial court entered an order terminating…

In re A.R.W.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 271A20

Justia Opinion Summary: In this private termination of parental rights action the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his three minor children, holding that the issues identified by…

In re M.J.B.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 280A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her three minor children, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion in terminating Mother's parental…

In re L.R.L.B.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 289A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this matter in which the trial court terminated Mother's parental rights to her son, Liam, and from the trial court's earlier permanency planning order eliminating reunification from Liam's…

In re N.B.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 291A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her three children and terminating Father's parental rights in one of the children, holding that the trial court did not…

In re P.M.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 321A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his three minor children, holding that the issues identified by Father's counsel as arguably supporting the appeal were…

In re M.S.A.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 332A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court concluding that the parental rights of Father were subject to termination pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(7), holding that the trial court did not err. For…

In re G.D.H.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 351A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two minor children, holding that the issues identified by Mother's counsel in a no-merit brief as arguably supporting…

In re J.M.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 363PA17-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order entered by the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to Daughter and affirmed the order terminating Father's parental rights to Son, holding that, as to Daughter, the trial…

In re A.M.  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 380A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two minor children, holding that clear, cogent, and convincing evidence supported at least one ground for the…

State v. Prince
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 225A20
Curlee v. Johnson  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 238A20

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over whether a landlord was liable for harm caused by his tenants' dog the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Landlord,…

In re C.M., K.S., J.S., M.A.S., and K.S
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 436A20
In re G.B.  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 438A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's and Father's parental rights to their two minor children and Mother's parental rights to a daughter from a previous relationship, holding that…

In re Brooks  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 480A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court ordered that Respondent William F. Brooks be suspended without compensation from office as a Judge of the General Court of Justice, District Court Division, Judicial district Twenty-Three, for thirty…

State v. Melvin  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 486PA19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals finding no error in the judgments of conviction in this case, holding that the court of appeals erred in concluding that Defendants' claims had not been…

State v. Meader  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 49A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen property, holding that the trial court did not err when it…

In re George  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 77A19

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 an order of the trial court concluding that two purchasers, the first of whom bought a…

State v. Scott  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 78A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for second-degree murder, holding that the court of appeals erred in concluding that the trial court erred by denying…

State v. Allen  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 8A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals remanding judgments entered by the superior court for a hearing to determine Defendant's competency at the time of trial, holding that the trial court did…

In re H.A.J.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 127A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court eliminating reunification as a permanent plan and terminating Mother's parental rights in her two children, holding that the trial court did not abuse its…

In re J.S.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 186A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court adjudicating the existence of grounds for termination and concluding that it was in the best interests of Father's three children to terminate Father's parental…

In re R.D.M.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 193A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating the parental rights of the mother of the four minor children in this case and the father of the two youngest children, holding that the order was…

In re C.R.L.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 196A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his two minor children, holding that Father missed his opportunity to remedy a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1109. On…

In re B.T.J.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 230A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her minor child, holding that the trial court properly adjudicated at least one ground for termination. The Rowan County…

In re G.G.M.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Numbers: 248A20, 249A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights on the grounds of neglect and willful abandonment, holding that the trial court did not err in concluding that grounds existed…

In re G.G.M. and S.M
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 249A20
In re L.N.G.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 252A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her three minor children, holding that the trial court properly adjudicated the existence of at least one ground for…

In re M.C.T.B.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 275A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that the issues identified by Mother's counsel in a no-merit brief as arguably supporting an appeal…

In re A.R.P.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 308A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his child, holding that the issues identified by counsel in Father's no-merit brief as arguably supporting the appeal were…

In re A.M.L.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 69A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her five minor children, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion. Specifically, the Supreme…

In re I.R.M.B.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 91A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Father to his daughter, holding that the trial court's findings of fact supported the court's conclusion to terminate Father's…

State v. Ditenhafer  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 126A18-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for felonious obstruction of justice, holding that the record contained sufficient evidence that Defendant acted with…

In re Z.J.W.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 178A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and vacated in part the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his minor child, holding that the trial court erred by determining that Father's parental rights…

Gay v. Saber Healthcare Group, L.L.C
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 190A20
Red Valve, Inc. v. Titan Valve, Inc
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 22A20
Lauziere v. Stanley Martin Cmtys., LLC
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 259A20
In re N.P.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 280A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her daughter, Nancy, holding that the trial court properly exercised subject matter jurisdiction concerning Nancy under the…

Griffin v. Absolute Fire Control, Inc
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 29A20
JVC Enterprises, LLC v. City of Concord  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 31PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment for the City of Concord and dismissing Plaintiffs' claims of illegal fees, holding that the language…

Raleigh Housing Authority v. Winston  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 385PA19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the trial court allowing immediate possession of Defendant's apartment to the Raleigh Housing Authority (RHA), holding that the…

Chisum v. Campagna  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 406A19

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising from a dispute concerning the parties' respective membership interests in three related LLCs the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the trial court, holding that…

State v. Fuller  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 447A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the order of the trial court ordering Defendant to register as a sex offender under N.C. Gen. Stat. 14-202(l), holding that the evidentiary facts…

In re Q.P.W.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 475A19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that the trial court properly found that grounds existed to terminate Mother's parental rights under…

In re Eldridge
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 478A19
State v. Corbett  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 73A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals vacating Defendants' convictions of second-degree murder and ordering a new trial, holding that the trial court committed prejudicial error in excluding…

In re C.L.H.  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 213A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and vacated and remanded in part the trial court's order terminating Respondent's parental rights to his child, holding that this case was, in large part, controlled by In re K.N., 837…

In re S.R.F.  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 214A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Mother to her daughter, holding that the trial court properly adjudicated the existence of grounds to terminate Mother's…

Committee to Elect Dan Forest v. Employees Political Action Committee  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 231A18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the North Carolina Constitution does not limit the jurisdiction of the state's courts in the same manner as the standing requirements that U.S. Const. art III, section 2 imposes on federal…

In re J.T.C
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 387A20
In re S.F.D.  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 80A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Father to his daughter, holding that the issues identified by counsel in Father's appeal were meritless. The trial court entered…

In re J.E.B., II  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 99A20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her child, holding that N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1101.1(d) was not violated in this case. Section 7B-1101.1(d) establishes the…

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