N.C. Supreme Court Opinions for June 10, 2016

The North Carolina Supreme Court released a batch of opinions today:

Morris v. Scenera Research LLC, (429PA13) (View COA Opinion). Action under N.C. Wage & Hour Act for payment of patent bonuses to former employee; whether employee was entitled to elect to rescind certain patent assignments in lieu of damages awarded by a jury and the trial court.
Kirby v. NCDOT, (56PA14-2) (View COA Opinion). Whether the improvement, development, and subdivision restrictions imposed on plaintiffs’ property under the Map Act, by which NCDOT identifies corridors that may be used for possible future transportation projects, amount to a taking by eminent domain.
State v. McGrady, (72PA14) (View COA Opinion). Whether the trial court abused its discretion by excluding expert witness testimony offered by defendant, pursuant to amended Rule of Evidence 702(a).
State v. Bishop, (223PA15) (View COA Opinion). Constitutionality of N.C.G.S. 14-458.1(a)(1)(d), prohibiting cyber-bullying. (UNCONSTITUTIONAL. More here.)
In re D.L.W., (252PA15) (View COA Opinion). Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court’s findings of fact supported its conclusions of law that respondent-mother’s parental rights should be terminated under N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1) and (a)(2).
Herndon v. Herndon, (363A15) (View COA Opinion). Whether, at a hearing on plaintiff’s complaint and motion for issuance of a domestic violence protective order, the trial court violated defendant’s Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
Thomas Jefferson Classical Acad. Charter Sch. v. Cleveland Cty. Bd. of Educ., (400A15) (View COA Opinion). Whether a local school board is required to share certain program funds received from the federal government with public charter schools that enroll students who live in that same school administrative unit.
State v. Hammonds, (389A15) (View COA Opinion). When defendant was questioned by police while he was involuntarily committed, whether he was in custody and required to receive Miranda warnings; whether defendant’s statements were made voluntarily.

In addition, there were 210 other matters before the court; more info here.