J. Nicholas Ellis

J. Nicholas Ellis

Poyner Spruill LLP

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US Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Jail Operations

On June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an important decision for all North Carolina counties operating county jails in which individuals are held detainees awaiting trial. In Kingsley v. Hendrickson, No....more

6/23/2015 - Detainees Excessive Force Jury Instructions Kingsley v Hendrickson Law Enforcement Reasonableness Factors SCOTUS

NC Supreme Court Confirms Application of Sovereign Immunity for Local Governments

Wilson County was found to have immunity from negligence claims for a visitor’s injuries sustained while he exited the county administrative building according to the North Carolina Supreme Court in a June 12, 2014 opinion. ...more

6/20/2014 - Immunity Negligence Public Property Sovereign Immunity

Lender Cleared From Being Classified As a "Developer" Under the Interstate Land Sales Act

Poyner Spruill has been keeping an eye out for lawsuits where the plaintiffs attempted to lump lenders in with developers for liability purposes and we are glad to report the North Carolina Court of Appeals has refuted such...more

4/24/2014 - ILSA Land Developers Professional Liability Real Estate Market

Court Stops Serial Plaintiff's Latest Effort: Payne v. Chapel Hill North Properties

The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina recently dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) case filed by Denise Payne, a Florida resident, and National Alliance for Accessibility,...more

6/27/2013 - Accessibility Rules ADA Disability Access Claims Motion to Dismiss Standing

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