A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s ruling that the Rowan County town of China Grove owes a developer more than $18,000 in interest for illegally assessed impact fees.

Among other opinions released this morning from the N.C. Court of Appeals:

  • A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a trial court’s decision and ruled that federal law does not preempt a lawsuit alleging animal cruelty at the King Kong Zoo in Murphy.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel agreed an anonymous “John Doe” plaintiff can proceed with a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh and Bishop Michael Burbidge in a case involving alleged sexual abuse by a priest.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial-court ruling favoring the N.C. Department of Transportation in a condemnation dispute involving the closing of a Macon County road.
  • In an unpublished opinion with limited precedential value, a unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial court’s ruling favoring Asheville in its dispute with a former city human resources director.