North Carolina Court of Appeals Opinions for December 30, 2016

The N.C. Court Appeals released a batch of opinions today (it’s last for 2016):

State v. Zubiena  (16-316) Appeal as of Right Under N.C. Gen. Stat. 15A-1444; Withdrawal of Plea; Inconsistent Sentence Under N.C. Gen. Stat.15A-1024; Manifest Injustice; Abuse of Discretion in Imposing Fine; Excessive Fines Clause
Adelman v. Gantt  (16-339)  Easement by necessity; easement implied by prior use; motion for new trial
David Wichnoski, O.D., P.A. v. Piedmont Fire Prot. Sys., LLC  (16-759) Rule 24 intervention by partially subrogated insurer. [The insurance dispute that results when your optometrist’s office’s sprinkler system floods; really riveting stuff]
Dep’t of Transp. v. Riddle  (16-445) Condemnation, interlocutory appeal and substantial right
Finks v. Middleton  (16-630) Substantial right; inconsistent verdicts; separate civil action and related estate proceeding; Rule 12(b)(1); standing [“This appeal arises from a bitter sibling dispute between Marshelle Middleton Finks and her brother, Colin Humphrey Middleton, over Marshelle’s expected inheritance of their elderly mother Sylvia Middleton’s (“Sylvia”) estate, which purportedly diminished in value from a net worth of over $800,000.00 in real and personal property to $0.00 in the four years preceding her death.” – There is a made-for-TV drama in there somewhere]
Hogue v. Hogue  (16-710) Equitable Distribution; separation; reconciliation; Motion for Relief
Gause v. New Hanover Reg’l Med. Ctr.  (16-595) Medical Malpractice; Rule 9(j); Summary Judgment
NC Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hull  (16-522) Anticipatory breach of contract; subrogation rights; statute of limitations
Ridley v. Wendel  (16-363) Expert witness; unfair and deceptive trade practices; remittitur; attorneys’ fees; judgement notwithstanding the verdict
State v. Lail  (16-608) Second-degree murder; depraved-heart malice; sentencing
Vaughan v. Mashburn  (15-1230) Rule 9(j) certification
Watts-Robinson v. Shelton  (16-599) Rule 12(b)(6); defamation; absolute privilege [MORE TO COME]
Wilkie v. City of Boiling Spring Lakes  (16-652) Inverse condemnation; eminent domain; claims directly under constitution

There were also 20 unpublished opinions available here.