A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s decision to force the Cleveland County school system to pay three charter schools a total of more than $100,000 in a funding dispute. The appellate judges sent the case back to the trial court to apply a different standard in determining how much, if any, of $57,000 originally awarded to the charter schools should be upheld. The appellate judges threw out $47,000 in attorneys’ fees awarded to the charter schools.

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

  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a ruling from the N.C. Industrial Commission favoring the state in a suit alleging that the Gaston County medical examiner negligently failed to perform his duties in a 2005 case.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial court’s ruling against the state in a dispute over broken leases for the departments of Administration and Health and Human Services.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a trial court and favored Boone in a longstanding zoning dispute involving a proposed medical clinic in a residential neighborhood.