By Kendall McGee | February 27, 2020 at 7:05 PM EST – Updated February 27 at 7:05 PM
The complexity of the case, the amount of pre-trial discovery required and the number of parties involved are all factors considered when deciding whether or to grant a case exceptional status under Rule 2.1.
The designation removes the case from the New Hanover County tracking system and allows the state supreme court to assign a dedicated judge to the case. Judge Phyllis Gorham, one of the senior resident judges of the NC Superior Court, has been assigned to the case.
The lawsuit was filed last July and alleges top administrators in the school district failed to act on information about potential wrongdoing by former teacher Michael Kelly. The New Hanover County School Board, Dr. Tim Markley and Dr. Rick Holliday are all named in the civil suit.
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