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Destroying Evidence May Destroy Your Case

When you are a victim of a crime or have been wronged or injured, you are left to deal with the pain.  Whether you have been retaliated against, sexually harassed, assaulted, raped, abused or otherwise harmed, you are often are left traumatized and shocked. You might want to erase all memories of the perpetrator or event. Victims of sexual assault may jump into a hot shower. Victims of workplace discrimination may burn their rejection letters. Victims of sexual harassment may delete texts and social media posts from the harasser. No matter how badly you want

Posted in Personal Injury

Client Victory: Justin Lawson

Sometimes even when medical tests show nothing abnormal, you can experience pain and disability after an injury at work. That’s when the key to justice is a knowledgeable and aggressive workers’ compensation attorney. Our client, Justin Lawson, recently won his workers’ compensation case after months of litigation by attorney Leto Copeley. Justin was working as a recycling collector when a recycling truck ran over his right foot. The truck dragged his foot along the pavement. X-rays revealed only one broken bone in the top of Justin’s foot. After undergoing surgery to repair that broken bone,

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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

Posted in Employment

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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