Supreme Court Decides Schools Entitled to Fines

In a case in which Michael Crowell served as lead counsel for the plaintiff school boards, the North Carolina Supreme Court has decided that the public schools are entitled to a variety of administrative fines collected by state agencies.  Included are penalties assessed for late and insufficient payments of taxes; fines for vehicles exceeding weight limits; parking fines collected by university campuses; and penalties associated with the state drug tax.  It is anticipated that the schools may receive as much as $65 million a year from these sources.  The Supreme Court decision is the culmination of a lawsuit that began in 1988 on behalf of the North Carolina School Boards Association and the school boards for Buncombe, Durham, Edgecombe, Johnson, Lenoir and Wake counties.