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Redistricting 101: Suing the Correct Parties – Eleventh Amendment

A key issue in a redistricting case is whether the plaintiff has sued the correct parties. This was an issue in a recent Fourth Circuit case, Wright v. North Carolina, 787 F.3d 256 (4th Cir. 2015). In Wright, plaintiffs, a group of thirteen North Carolina residents, brought a section 1983 action against the state and […]

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United States Supreme Court: Independent Commissions Can Draw Electoral District Lines

In 2000, Arizona voters adopted an initiative that amended the Arizona Constitution, removing redistricting authority from the state legislature and vesting that authority in an independent commission. The Arizona legislature sued the commission seeking a declaration that the commission and its congressional districting map violated the Election Clause of the United States Constitution. According to […]

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Sowell Gray Supports Efforts to Remove Confederate Flag

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC joins with South Carolina’s Governor and the state’s many political, business, educational, and community leaders in the call to take down the Confederate flag as swiftly as possible. Given the tragic events in Charleston two weeks ago, this is a time for unity for all South Carolinians and an […]

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No Legal Malpractice Claim Following Settlement to Which Client Agreed

By Will Jordan Attorney represented Client in a workers’ compensation claim. Following settlement of the workers’ comp claim, Client filed a legal malpractice action against Attorney, alleging that Attorney gave incorrect legal advice that lead to the compromise and release and, but for the incorrect legal advice, Client would not have agreed to the settlement […]

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Freedom of Information Act requires Government Bodies to Announce with specificity why it is going into Executive Session

The South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed a trial court decision that upheld the validity of an ordinance of the City of North Augusta, but the court reversed the trial court order by holding that the City of North Augusta violated the Freedom of Information Act.  Plaintiff sued the City of North Augusta, Mayor, and City […]

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