NOTEWORTHY CASES

2010 |
Starnes v. Town of China Grove

Jake Sussman represented a mother and her son who were arrested in Rowan County following a traffic stop. After successfully defending his clients against the criminal charges, Sussman filed a civil lawsuit on his clients’ behalf. That civil action resulted in a successful jury verdict of false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution against one of the arresting officers.

 
2010 |
State v. C.H.

Matt Pruden represented a client charged with possessing crack cocaine. Because of his prior convictions, the client faced a significantly enhanced sentence as an habitual felon. Mr. Pruden moved to suppress the evidence that would be used at trial, arguing that law enforcement conducted an illegal stop and search. The trial court granted the motion to suppress, and the case was dismissed.

 
2010 |
State v. Elabanjo

Katy Parker successfully challenged North Carolina’s profanity statute on behalf of Samantha Elabanjo, who was arrested after loudly referring to a police officer as an “[a–hole].” Katy established that the profanity statute was unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 
2010 |
State v. T.B.

Matthew Pruden secured an acquittal at trial of his client, a public school employee, against a charge of criminal neglect of a disabled student.

 
2010 |
Rhinehart v. City of Gastonia

John Gresham represented a female police sergeant on a sex discrimination claim that her termination from employment was based on her gender. Ms. Rhinehart received a settlement of $390,000 after the federal district court denied the City’s summary judgment motion.

 
2010 |
Partee v. City of Salisbury

Jake Sussman represented Wayne Partee, who was injured by a Salisbury Police Officer following a routine traffic stop. The case was successfully resolved for a $60,000 settlement following mediation.

 
2010 |
Whitaker v. United States

Sam McGee represented the Whitaker family because medical providers in the United States Air Force failed to diagnose hydrocephalus in the Whitaker’s infant son, Marcus. After his father was honorably discharged, private doctors quickly found the problem and rushed Marcus to surgery. By then it was too late to prevent serious brain damage. The government contended that it was not a breach of the standard of care for them to fail to diagnose Marcus, and that in any event his problem was not preventable. The case settled for $1,500,000.00.

 
2010 |
Williams v. Madison Park Apartments

Sam McGee represented the Williams family against their apartment complex for inadequate security. The Williams children were terrorized and made to watch their mother be raped and murdered. The oldest daughter escaped and ran for help, likely saving her younger siblings. The Plaintiffs alleged that the apartment complex failed to take sufficient security measures in the face of significant criminal activity in the area, even though reasonable proposals for security had been made. Also, the on-site manager had seen the perpetrator on the property and considered him suspicious, but did nothing. The apartment complex contended it had no duty to provide security, and that its lease stated that it could not be held responsible for crimes. The case settled for $1,450,000.00.