Friday, February 04, 2011, 12:32 PM

Supreme Court Opinions

Today, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued opinions in five cases.

Notably, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in Munger v. State - a case that challenged the constitutionality of economic incentives provided by State and local governments to convince companies to locate in North Carolina. Womble Carlyle attorneys Burley Mitchell and Press Millen represented appellees Google Inc. and Madras Integration, LLC.

The question before the Supreme Court was whether the Plaintiffs had standing to challenge the incentives. The Court of Appeals held in a unanimous opinion that they did not. The Supreme Court determined that discretionary review had been improvidently allowed. Justice Barbara Jackson, who was part of the Court of Appeals panel that decided the case below, did not participate in the case at the Supreme Court. This ruling means that the Court of Appeals opinion will stand and, unless the matter is appealed to the United States Supreme Court, the case will be dismissed.

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