Case Law Update – A Comment on Video Sweepstakes

            Members of the land use bar and city/county planning communities have anxiously awaited the N.C. Supreme Court’s review of Hest Technologies v. State of North Carolina involving what is popularly called video poker or video sweepstakes.  The case was appealed from the Court of Appeals, which found such displays to be protected speech.              […]

High Court Supports Property Rights Over Government – Again

             On the same day the N.C. Supreme Court supported a developer’s need for a driveway permit over NCDOT’s whimsical requirement that the developer first build a $3 million bridge to carry traffic from 60 homes, the High Court issued yet another opinion supporting private property rights in an inverse condemnation case brought in Guilford […]

High Court Clips NCDOT’s Wings

            This past week the N.C. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited opinion in which basic property rights prevailed over a state agency with seemingly unlimited authority. The case is High Rock Lake Partners v. NCDOT.  Justice Paul Newby’s concise opinion is easy to follow and worth the read.  The Facts              High Rock Lake Partners’ […]