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Leto Copeley Wins Church Sex Abuse Case in NC Court of Appeals

In a unanimous decision, the NC Court of Appeals affirmed that a case against the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, its Bishop, Peter J. Jugis, and a seminarian, John Brian Kaup, could proceed to the next phase, which is called discovery. The Diocese of Charlotte attempted to have the case thrown out of court, arguing that the plaintiff’s claims were barred by the First Amendment. Yet, the court held that the First Amendment does not protect churches against claims of negligent supervision, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and loss of services, as these claims do not

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CJG Remembers Dr Martin Luther King’s fight for Workers’ Rights

Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, for fighting for workers’ rights. This holiday weekend, your friends at Copeley Johnson & Groninger pause to remember Dr. King’s outstanding advocacy on behalf of workers. Everyone knows about Dr. King’s tremendous advocacy for racial equality and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But Dr. King’s legacy also includes protecting workers’ rights to dignity, fair pay and benefits, and just treatment. The very day before he was killed, he led a march in Memphis, Tennessee demanding fair treatment and work conditions for that city’s sanitation workers. Even the

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Attorney Leto Copeley has been elected President of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.

Attorney Leto Copeley of Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC in Durham has been elected President of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. The Association  provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil actions, refers crime victims to lawyers in their local area and work to increase general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime. The Bar Association is a program of the National Center For Victims Of Crime, located in Annapolis, Virginia.  The Center is the leading national resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Copeley is

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CJG is investigating Hernia Mesh Injuries

DID YOU KNOW MORE THAN 800,000 HERNIA REPAIRS ARE PERFORMED IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR?  YET THERE HAVE BEEN 50,000+ LAWSUITS IN THE U.S. RELATED TO HERNIA MESH PROCEDURES AND THE NUMBER CONTINUES TO RISE. The most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, bowel obstruction, adhesion and perforation. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. Patients suffering from complications after receiving a hernia mesh implant may be entitled to compensation.   Hernia lawsuits are generally handled in federal court, and multiple claims are combined together in the same lawsuit. Copeley Johnson

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Copeley Johnson & Groninger Reports Trial Win in Wrongful Death Case Against Distracted Driver

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Distracted drivers caused 54,302 crashes, injuries, and wrongful deaths in North Carolina in 2016.  If you travel on the streets or highways, you are at risk for being injured or killed by someone who is more interested in their phone than their driving.   On the morning of May 10, 2016, Russell Rutledge was driving his Chevrolet Silverado from a business meeting in Garner to meet a colleague in Durham. As he drove, Rutledge was using his cell phone to text, email, and make and receive phone calls.  The evidence showed that Rutledge drifted onto

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Scholarships for Children of Injured Workers

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Broken backs, occupational cancer, traumatic brain injuries…it’s no secret that catastrophic workers’ compensation injuries in North Carolina cause devastating physical pain, disability, and even death to affected workers. But what about the children of those injured workers? As the families of injured workers in North Carolina know all too well, a serious work injury, disease, or death impacts the whole family. The devastating financial and emotional toll should not also stifle the dreams of children who, before the catastrophe suddenly changed their life, had planned to attend college or technical school. North Carolina Governor Roy

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New Case – Sexual Assaults at Massage Envy

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On October 29, 2018, Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC filed a civil complaint against Massage Envy – both its franchise corporation and a local franchise – on behalf of two separate victims of sexual abuse by a massage therapist at the Massage Envy facility in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2015. The two female victims, who describe “extreme discomfort and fear,” were both assaulted by the same massage therapist during a massage at the Mayfaire Town Center location. The assaults occurred only six days apart, with the second assault occurring after the first victim had repeatedly

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Don’t be afraid to file a Work Injury claim in North Carolina

Many North Carolina workers worry that if they report a work injury, they will be deported, stalked, arrested, harassed, or worse. In theory, North Carolina law protects injured workers – including undocumented workers – from criminal action or retaliation after they file a work injury claim. Such protections are important to reassure workers that they can report a work injury without fear for their own safety and security. Although many employers and insurers play by the rules, from time to time, certain unscrupulous employers and insurers resort to illegal tactics to get back at workers who

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Dog Bites: The Damage Can Be Devastating

A dog bite injury can happen in seconds. You are walking down a street. A dog runs from a neighbor’s yard toward your young child. She is bitten by a dog. Or maybe, you are in a park with your dog. A passerby loses control of his big dog. You are knocked down and your dog is bitten.  You are the victim of a dog bite injury. However the attack happens, a dog bite attack can take its toll. After a dog bite, you will need medical treatment.   The county’s animal control officers will investigate.

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Do I Have a Title IX Claim?

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What is Title IX?  Title IX is the law that applies to sexual misconduct on college campuses and all schools that receive federal funds.  It is a one-sentence law that says any educational program or activity that is receiving federal funds cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. They can’t exclude anyone from participating on the basis of sex, and they can’t deny the benefits of the program on the basis of sex. And to be clear, Title IX protects everyone in the school, whether it’s teachers, students, or employees. Title IX is also the law

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