Impact fees are defined, generally, as a charge on new development to pay for the construction or expansion of off-site capital improvements that are necessitated by and/or benefit the new development. Impact fees have been a hot topic in North Carolina, which is perfectly logical in a growing […]
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.
We’ve blogged in the past here, here and here about the political saga between the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina over the Dorothea Dix property in downtown Raleigh, a 300-plus acre piece of lovely real estate. And you thought cities and states were on […]
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 […]
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 […]