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Derrick Bailey publishes article on the case he argued at the Supreme Court.

The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) recently published Derrick Bailey’s article, “Of Campaigns and Contract – North Carolina’s Adoption of Legislative Immunity,” on May 25, 2023. The article summarizes the North Carolina Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Providence Volunteer Fire Dep’t, Inc. v. Town of Weddington, 382 N.C. 199, 220 (2022), in which the Court adopted the doctrine of legislative immunity, and explains the implications for local officials in North Carolina.

Derrick represented the Town of Weddington’s Mayor in the oral argument of the Providence case at the North Carolina Supreme Court last year, urging the Court to formally adopt the immunity. The Court unanimously adopted Derrick’s argument and extended the immunity to local government officials. Derrick is the senior associate of Sumrell Sugg, P.A.’s civil litigation practice area, and for the past seven years has represented numerous local government clients in federal and state court.

The NCADA is an organization of civil trial attorneys that “promote[s] the administration of justice, the exchange of information, ideas, and litigation techniques, and to strengthen the practice, improve the skills, and enhance the knowledge of lawyers who defend individuals and represent businesses in civil cases in North Carolina.” Derrick currently serves as a member of the NCADA’s Government Steering Committee, which plans and organizes a series of events for government litigators across the State.

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