Appellate court dissents are often overlooked by the public, viewed more intently by the litigants as bases for further appeal or other strategic maneuvering. But dissents are an important part of legal doctrine. In Good Neighbors of Oregon Hill Protecting Property Rights v. County of Rockingham, No. COA12-121 (July […]
Mike represents public companies and smaller, privately-owned businesses and local governments in federal and state court litigation, as well as in land use and real estate development and entitlement negotiations, processes, and disputes. Mike has experience litigating throughout the United States but focuses his practice on land use, real estate and local government issues and solutions in North Carolina.
In The Times News Publishing Co. v. The Alamance-Burlington Bd. of Education, No. COA15-99 (July 21, 2015), the Court of Appeals considered the intersection between the State’s Open Meetings Laws (N.C.G.S. 143-318.9, et seq.) and Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. 132.1, et seq.) in the context of minutes from a […]
In Murphy v. Hinton, No. COA14-1230 (July 7, 2015), the North Carolina Court of Appeals determined that a complaint dismissed voluntarily cannot benefit from the “one-year refiling” period pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure if that dismissed complaint does not meet the […]
What are Riparian Buffers?Riparian buffers are vegetated areas next to water resources that protect water quality, bank stabilization from erosion, and aquatic and wildlife habitat. The USDA Forest Service defines a riparian buffer as follows: “The aquatic ecosystem and the portions of the adjacent territorial ecosystem that directly […]
The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a trial court decision, rendered in the wake of a bench trial (i.e., tried without a jury), wherein the trial court held that a residential landlord violated the North Carolina Residential Rental Agreement Act (the “RRAA”) — N.C.G.S. Chapter 42, sections […]