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What happened with the former New Hanover County employee who sued the county to get his job back?

Former New Hanover County Inspections director Jay Graham filed a lawsuit against the county in April 2010 claiming he was fired because he refused to ignore a code violation at a Landfall home built by a planning board member.

Since then, the county has filed a response to the allegations made in the lawsuit, filed by Graham’s attorney, Gary Shipman.

Shipman said the county basically denied the allegations and he expects the county eventually will file a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.

“They’ve denied they did anything inappropriate,” Shipman said. “They’ve asserted certain governmental immunity for some of our claims.”

But both sides expect it to take months before anything happens with the case because they’re currently involved in the discovery process. Shipman said the case then would likely would go into mediation.

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Former New Hanover inspections director sues county over termination

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