On July 7, 2015, we posted “Searching for the Heart of the Doctrine of Vested Rights.”(See here) In that post, we compared a Court of Appeals’ decision in a public school teachers’ vested rights case with a decision of the North Carolina Supreme Court in a land use […]
John has more than 30 years of experience in land use law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, John practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients - developers, end users and land owners - when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.
Introduction “You don’t know what you don’t know” is a popular catchphrase. So, do you know what a “betterment” is and how the law of betterments operates? Land use law has ancient roots. Sometimes, a case requires an appellate court to write a 21st century opinion explaining and […]
If you turn a water faucet handle, you expect that clean water to pour forth. If you flush a toilet, you expect waste to disappear. If these are your expectations, you are likely a business customer of a local government. There are two significant water service cases pending […]
Chief Superior Court Judge James H. Pou Bailey informed lawyers – “Justice under the law is like buying a suit off the rack. It doesn’t fit anybody perfectly, but it fits a lot of people fairly well.” Sometimes, an unpublished opinion contains informative illustrations. Although it is not […]
Perhaps disappointing to those who enjoy debating architecture, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a challenge to a historic district commission’s approval of a house located across the street from the contesting property owner’s home. Cherry v. Wiesner __ N.C. App. __, __ S.E. 2d […]