North Carolina Supreme Court News

North Carolina High Court Rejects Dram Shop Claim Against Hotel in Woman’s Death

The estate of a woman who died after a night of heavy drinking while celebrating with her husband at a hotel restaurant cannot successfully sue the owners because her actions contributed to her death, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled …

North Carolina High Court Dismisses Insurer Rate Increase Request

North Carolina’s Supreme Court is rejecting efforts by insurance companies to raise homeowners’ premiums. The state’s highest court on Friday dismissed arguments by the group that represents North Carolina insurers, which in 2014 sought an average 25 percent increase in …

Agency Owner Causey Defeats Goodwin in North Carolina Commissioner Race

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, a Democrat, was narrowly defeated Tuesday by his Republican opponent Mike Causey. Goodwin has served as North Carolina Insurance Commissioner since 2009. Causey, an insurance agency owner, won by nearly 39,000 votes, according to …

North Carolina Insurers Want Supreme Court Review of 25% Home Insurance Rate Hike Denial

The homeowners insurance rate increase disagreement between the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) and the insurance industry is not over. The North Carolina Rate Bureau (NCRB), which files rates with NCDOI on behalf of insurers writing in the state, …

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Blame on DOT for Crash that Killed 3

North Carolina’s highest court has upheld earlier rulings that the state Department of Transportation’s failure to install traffic signals at a Charlotte-area intersection helped cause an accident that killed three, including two children. The state Supreme Court affirmed Friday the …

North Carolina Supreme Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Law

North Carolina’s cyberbullying law, designed to protect children from harassing online posts, violates free speech rights and is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled June 10. The opinion strikes down the 2009 law that made posting on the Internet information …

North Carolina High Court Upholds Firing of Deputies Who Didn’t Donate to Campaign

The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the firings of sheriff’s deputies who declined to donate to their boss’s political campaign, ruling Jan. 26 that they aren’t covered by a state law protecting county workers from political coercion. The justices agreed …

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 …

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 …

Duke Coal Ash Case Goes Before North Carolina Supreme Court

North Carolina’s highest court is weighing whether state environmental rules require Duke Energy to clean up its leaky coal ash dumps immediately, or years down the road. The North Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments this week after Duke Energy and …