Case Results

Hartzog Law Group attorneys' proven track record of success speaks volumes.

Case results included on this site are not a complete list of results obtained, but are illustrative of the matters handled by our attorneys. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Town Obtains Summary Judgment Against Department Director’s First Amendment, USERRA Claims

Katie Weaver Hartzog and Michael Cohen obtained summary judgment in a federal action brought by the Director of a Town’s Parks and Recreation Department.  Plaintiff alleged that the Town terminated his employment because of his political affiliation, in violation of the First Amendment, and because of his military service, in violation of the Uniformed Services

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Employment Law
Municipal Law

Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of College Student’s Title IX Claim

The Fourth Circuit affirmed the Western District of North Carolina’s dismissal of a college student’s Title IX claim.  Plaintiff alleged that she was subjected to sex-based harassment by fellow students, though the district court found that the college “took timely measures to end the harassment once they were aware of it,” and that the alleged

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Education Law

Katie Weaver Hartzog and Michael Cohen Prevail at the Fourth Circuit on Plaintiff’s FMLA Claims

The Fourth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment on behalf of a municipality on plaintiff’s claims of FMLA retaliation and interference. Plaintiff claimed he was wrongfully terminated after he was caught attending the NC State Fair during working hours while claiming to be using sick leave. Plaintiff claimed his attendance at the State Fair should have

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Employment Law

HLG Attorneys Prevail at Trial

HLG attorneys Dan Hartzog Jr. and Katie Barber-Jones prevailed at trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Dan and Katie were defending a North Carolina city and two of its police officers in a First Amendment challenge to a City policy and an arrest of the plaintiff at a

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Municipal Law

Hartzog Prevails on Summary Judgment in Wrongful Termination Suit

Katie Weaver Hartzog won a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a behavioral health service entity on plaintiff’s claims for wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Plaintiff alleged that he was terminated to cover up allegations of patient abuse and Medicaid fraud. Hartzog successfully argued that plaintiff’s termination was justified due to allegation

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Municipal Law

Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Municipality on Public Records Dispute

Dan Hartzog Jr. filed for summary judgment in a public records lawsuit filed against a municipality on the grounds that the records sought were not a matter of public record, and that the court lacked jurisdiction. The Court denied the motion, and Hartzog filed an immediate appeal. The Court of Appeals reversed the denial of

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Municipal Law

Summary Judgment Granted in Police Shooting Case

Our attorneys obtained summary judgment in a police shooting case which had received significant media attention. The officer was conducting a traffic stop, when the driver attempted to flee, with a gun in his hand. The officer, fearing for his own safety, fired his weapon, fatally wounded the fleeing driver. We moved for summary judgment

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Municipal Law

Settlement Involving No Payment Reached for Fire Department

Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained a recommendation by a magistrate judge in federal court for summary judgment in favor of a volunteer fire department in which plaintiff alleged First Amendment Retaliation and Equal Protection claims after her membership as a volunteer firefighter was terminated. Based on the recommendation, Hartzog was able to negotiate a settlement involving no

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Employment Law
Municipal Law

Breach of Contract Claims Dismissed Against Private University

Dan Hartzog Jr. and Katherine Barber-Jones obtained a dismissal of breach of contract claims against a private university by a student who alleged that the university failed to follow certain provisions in its student handbook in his disciplinary proceedings for assault of another student. The firm’s attorneys persuaded the court that the terms in the

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Education Law

Firefighter Kept Loaded Gun in his Locker

Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained summary judgment in a case brought by a firefighter who was terminated after a loaded gun was discovered in his locker on City grounds. Plaintiff alleged that it was common practice for firefighters to possess firearms on city property, and that the real reason for his termination was retaliation for complaints

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Employment Law
Municipal Law