Legal Eagle Wins North Carolina Court of Appeals Case

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019

Caroline Paul Stutts ’11

Caroline Paul Stutts, J.D., NCCU School of Law Class of 2011, won an appeal in the North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case of Patterson v. Worley, filed June 4, 2019. Ms. Stutts is an associate attorney with Simpson Law, PLLC, in Raleigh.

In a judgment entered on June 5, 2018, a Wayne County Superior Court judge granted summary judgment in favor of Ms. Stutts’ client, the defendant in a personal injury case arising from a collision involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle in Goldsboro, N.C. The plaintiff appealed. In her brief to the Court of Appeals, Ms. Stutts argued there were no genuine issues of material fact as to the defendant’s negligence, plaintiff’s contributory negligence, or whether the doctrine of last clear chance would apply. The Court of Appeals, in the opinion by Judge Berger, unanimously affirmed the trial court’s order granting summary judgment for the defendant. In its opinion, the Court concluded, “Because Plaintiff was unable to show through pleadings, depositions, or other evidence that Defendant owed her a duty recognized by North Carolina law, that her contributory negligence would not defeat her claim, or that the doctrine of last clear chance would apply, Defendant was entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” The published opinion of the Court can be found at https://www.nccourts.gov/documents/appellate-court-opinions/patterson-v-worley. 

Caroline’s proud mother, Janice Perrin Paul, J.D., is an assistant clinical professor of law at NCCU School of Law.