Google holds closed-door reception for public officials

January 29, 2015 About SMVT

This week, Google held a press conference to announce that Charlotte had been selected to receive the company’s new fiber internet service. Following the announcement, the Charlotte Observer reports that the company held a private celebration that included a majority … Continued

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NC DOT charges $468 to see public records

January 14, 2015 About SMVT

The News & Observer reports that the state Department of Transportation is demanding that the Southern Environmental Law Center pay a $468 fee to review state emails and other files. The paper quotes SMVT partner Amanda Martin: Amanda Martin, an … Continued

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UNC identifies four employees facing dismissal after academic fraud scandal

January 2, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

In a provisional settlement with a coalition of media organizations, UNC-Chapel Hill released the names of four employees who were terminated or retired in the wake of the Wainstein Report on academic fraud at the school. SMVT represents the media organizations … Continued

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N.C. Court of Appeals dismisses public records action against Assistant Director of Administrative Office of the Courts

December 16, 2014 Legal News

In the suit, plaintiff, a former Durham County district attorney, sought to obtain emails related to her service from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The suit named the Assistant Director of the AOC as a defendant in both his … Continued

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Judge orders UNC to mediation in records dispute

December 13, 2014 About SMVT, Legal News

In a lawsuit filed by SMVT on behalf of a coalition of 10 media organizations against UNC-Chapel Hill, Judge Judge Donald Stephens of Wake County Superior Court has ordered the parties to mediation. The lawsuit seeks access to public records related … Continued

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Amanda Martin quoted on New Bern finance director resignation

December 11, 2014 About SMVT

New Bern aldermen accepted an agreement with the city’s former finance director who resigned suddenly after a closed session of the Board of Aldermen. SMVT attorney Amanda Martin was quoted by the Sun Journal in their coverage: Amanda Martin, general … Continued

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Refusal to disclose names of those disciplined after UNC-CH fraud probe prompts lawsuit

November 24, 2014 About SMVT, Legal News

Ten media organizations filed suit to obtain the names of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff disciplined following the release of a report on academic fraud at the school. SMVT represents the media coalition. “The failure to provide updated accurate information … Continued

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Indy Week covers Desmond v. The News and Observer Publishing Company, et al.

November 19, 2014 Legal News

Indy Week has published an article on appellate arguments in Desmond v. The News and Observer Publishing Company, et al., a libel case against the N&O and its parent company. SMVT represents the media defendants in the ongoing case and presents this link … Continued

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Mike Tadych quoted on UNC Wainstein Records

November 15, 2014 About SMVT

WRAL reports that UNC-Chapel hill’s top attorney is leaving the job in the wake of an investigation into academic fraud at the university. UNC has refused to disclosed the names of faculty and staff who were disciplined following the release … Continued

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SMVT attorneys quoted on HIPAA and social media

November 14, 2014 About SMVT

In Rockingham, a volunteer emergency responder claimed to have been suspended for sharing a story on his Facebook page. The story was related to a shooting in which the volunteer had been one of the first responders. An article in … Continued

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