NC Ruling Illustrates Gov't Immunity's Evolving Landscape

Law360 (June 12, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT) -- There is no more money in the arts, but local governments may have governmental immunity when sponsoring them.

Recently, in Meinck v. City of Gastonia, the Supreme Court of North Carolina held that a city's lease to a nonprofit arts group in connection with a downtown revitalization project was a "governmental function," which entitled the city to governmental immunity.[1] The city of Gastonia had purchased a vacant historic building in the downtown area. The building was in a strategic location for the city's effort to redevelop and revitalize its blighted downtown area.

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