Articles by Emery P. Dalesio

North Carolina Supreme Court Weighing At-Will Firing Practices of State Sheriffs

A trio of lawsuits is challenging the long-standing ability of North Carolina sheriffs to fire their deputies at will – a practice critics say allows some to maintain personal political fiefdoms where paychecks and patronage are connected. North Carolina’s Supreme …

Judge Claims Regulators Not Enforcing Duke Coal Ash Clean-Up in North Carolina

North Carolina’s environmental watchdog agency has not been trying very hard to force Duke Energy to clean up toxic groundwater pollution near a coal-burning power plant where neighbors can’t drink their well water, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge …

North Carolina Judge OKs Duke Energy’s Coal-Ash Clean-up Plan

A judge on Monday rejected a bid by North Carolina’s environment agency to block Duke Energy from removing toxic coal ash from more plants than required under a new state law. Duke Energy has asked to add three power plants …

North Carolina High Court Rules Duke Energy Has ‘Years’ to Cleanup Coal Ash

North Carolina’s highest court ruled June 11 that Duke Energy has years to clean up leaking coal ash dumps as outlined by a new state law. The state Supreme Court overruled a lower court judge’s decision that the country’s largest …

North Carolina Legislators Look at Regulating Virtual Currencies

Legislators in America’s second-largest banking center are considering regulations for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. North Carolina’s banking commissioner is seeking legislative authority to require that companies circulating digital IOUs meet consumer protection, anti-money laundering and other standards. Legislation passed …

Duke Energy Settles CEO Lawsuit for Nearly $150M

America’s largest electric company will pay nearly $150 million to settle claims that shareholders lost millions when it ousted its CEO in a surprise move after a long-anticipated buyout. Duke Energy said last week its insurers and shareholders would pay …

North Carolina Home Insurers to Appeal Rate Denial

Insurance companies aren’t giving up on their quest to raise premiumson North Carolina homeowners by an average of 25 percent, according to an industry spokesman. The group representing nearly 100 companies selling homeowners policies in North Carolina is appealing its …

North Carolina Denies Homeowners Insurance Rate Hike

North Carolina insurance companies that wanted to raise the cost of homeowners coverage by an average of roughly 25 percent were told Friday the state’s regulator is instead approving a zero overall change. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said that after …

North Carolina Opens Hearing on Homeowners Rate Hike

North Carolina’s insurance commissioner on Monday began deciding whether to allow homeowners’ coverage costs to rise by as much as 35 percent even as some insurers demand even higher rates in agreements with customers. Craig Smith has seen the annual …

North Carolina Regulator Receiving Comments on 25% Home Insurance Hike

North Carolina homeowners are looking at insurance cost increases averaging 25 percent starting in August if the state’s regulator goes along, and his office heard Friday from some of those upset about the prospect of higher premiums. The hearing came …