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Pamlico Sound bridge clears another hurdle (access required)

In upholding the granting of summary judgment to the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, the court rejected claims by Outer Banks residents that the agencies violated federal laws in approving the Pamlico Sound bridge. Background ...

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Attorney fees denied after split jury verdict (access required)

Even though a jury found for defendants on plaintiffs’ public nuisance claim, they are not entitled to prevailing party attorney fees because the jury rejected defendants’ counterclaim for trespass and found for plaintiffs on their common-law private nuisance claim. Background ...

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Grabbing woman’s breasts not enough for sexual battery (access required)

A majority of the court reversed a sexual battery conviction, finding the defendant’s conduct in grabbing and twisting the victim’s breasts was insufficient to constitute sexual battery because he did not use “force” in the nonconsensual touching. Background In April ...

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Court’s error won’t trump termination of mother’s rights (access required)

Although the trial court erred in admitting psychological records about the mother’s condition at the time she was committed, the error was harmless because it did not go to the critical issue: the mother’s condition at the time of the ...

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