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The week before Christmas 2020, I received word from the N.C. Supreme Court that it had denied discretionary review in a case out of Western North Carolina that my client had won in the N.C. Court of Appeals in 2018. We had prevailed at the trial court level in 2017 and before the county’s board of adjustment in 2016 after ten evenings of testimony that began in October of 2015. The appeal pertained to a…
On May 4th the N.C. legislature passed Senate Bill 704 (Session Law 2020-3) to address a broad array of problems created by COVID-19. Bill section 4.31(a) amended the Emergency Management Act to add new section 166A-19-24 to authorize local governments to conduct remote meetings during declarations of emergency. Although the detailed procedural requirements create traps that could invalidate important decisions by an unwary board, the needed result for my clients is protection against lawsuits challenging…
In younger days I traveled through African game lands in Uganda and explored an Amazon tributary in Bolivia. Both times I was confronted with the ironic fact that it’s easier to protect yourself against the large, loud, dangerous things you can see than the small things you cannot. If you’re going to be sidelined or hospitalized, chances are it will be from diseases carried by mosquitoes or the insidious bacteria in, well, everything you encounter.…