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Nelson v. Freeland
Citation:507 S.E.2d 882 (N.C. 1998)
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John Harvey Nelson and Dean Freeland were co-workers and friends. The two carpooled to work events, and on this occasion Nelson was to pick Freeland up at his home. When Nelson walked up to Freeland’s home, he tripped and fell on a stick lying on Freeland’s porch, suffering personal injuries.
Nelson sued Freeland for personal injuries. Under North Carolina law, Freeland would hold a duty to maintain his premises as an insurer of his property to invitees. The trial court granted summary judgment for Freeland, and Nelson appealed. The court of appeals affirmed, and Nelson again appealed.
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