Robin Vander Wall
Depending on the outcome, there are a number of impacts. If this lawsuit is successful in District Court, it will directly impact the state of North Carolina. If this lawsuit is successful in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, it will directly impact NC, SC, VA, MD, and WV. If the lawsuit finds its way to the U.S. Supreme Court (and every federal action has the possibility of reaching the highest court, although statistically it’s not a high probability), then the outcome directly impacts every state and citizen in the entire nation.
Along the way, there are the persuasive impacts to consider. Court’s take note of each other’s opinions. And lawyers are always looking for an application of law to a similar set of facts and circumstances in order to argue that court “A” should follow the holding in court “B”.
What has no impact? Doing nothing.