North Carolina

  • December 04, 2023

    NC Bank Accuses Ex-VP, Administrator Of Looting Client Info

    A North Carolina community bank is suing a former vice president in its wealth management division and a former administrator for allegedly absconding with a slew of client information when they quit to work for a competitor earlier this year.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    4th Circ. Nixes Ex-Contech Exec's Antitrust Conviction

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday overturned a bid-rigging conviction for a former executive of aluminum pipe maker Contech because the indictment alleged the wrong crime, but left his fraud convictions intact.

  • December 01, 2023

    New Defendant, Extra Claims OK'd In 'Unusual' Biz Court Case

    A trust can make changes to its more than five-year-old lawsuit over just how much its ownership stake is worth in a North Carolina technology company, the state Business Court has ruled, pointing to a bumpy case history and new findings uncovered during discovery.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Executions Concentrated In 5 States As Fairness Doubts Grow

    Only a handful of states executed people in 2023 as more Americans think the death penalty is carried out unfairly than fairly for the first time, according to a year-end report released Friday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

  • December 01, 2023

    3 December Argument Sessions Benefits Attys Should Watch

    Physicians' groups will ask the Sixth Circuit to reinstate their suit claiming the federal government is illegally forcing them to provide gender transition-related care, while American Airlines pilots will try to get their military leave class action back on track at the Third Circuit. Here, Law360 looks at three appellate argument sessions that should be on benefits attorneys' radar in December.

  • December 01, 2023

    Paralegal Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Over $2M From Clients

    A 54-year-old paralegal pled guilty to wire fraud Friday for embezzling more than $2 million from clients of the law firm that employed her, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

  • December 01, 2023

    BofA Cheats Mortgage Loan Officers Out Of OT, Suit Says

    Bank of America flouted federal and state laws by misclassifying mortgage loan officers as overtime-exempt even though they neither received a salary nor performed administrative duties, a group of workers said in a proposed class and collective action in North Carolina federal court.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • December 01, 2023

    NC Justice Can't Stall Watchdog Investigation Pending Appeal

    North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls has lost her emergency bid to stall a judicial watchdog's investigation over comments she made about diversity on the bench, with a federal judge ruling she hasn't shown a strong chance of prevailing on her First Amendment claims.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

  • November 30, 2023

    Ford Loses Bid To Upend Widow's $275K Asbestos Verdict

    Ford won't pay a dime of a $275,000 jury award to a widow who won on claims her husband contracted fatal cancer after years of working on its vehicles, a North Carolina federal judge ruled Thursday, finding the nearly $7 million she's already set to receive from others offsets Ford's debt.

  • November 30, 2023

    Smithfield's Lack Of Documentation Dooms H-2B Requests

    Smithfield Fresh Meats Corp. was denied temporary foreign workers for dozens of various positions related to meatpacking at three facilities because it provided insufficient documentation to support its claimed short-term needs, an appeals judge ruled in four separate decisions.

  • November 30, 2023

    Ex-Raleigh Cop Says Straight Time PTO Cannot Replace OT

    A former Raleigh, North Carolina, police officer accused the city of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by compelling officers to accept time off in lieu of time-and-a-half overtime pay in a collective action in North Carolina federal court.

  • November 30, 2023

    NC Court Forces Spouse To Return Agency Assets In IP Row

    The North Carolina Business Court ordered the husband of an insurance agency owner to hand over the business records and assets he locked away from her, reasoning that the wife is likely to win on a claim that her spouse took the items to benefit his newly formed brokerage firm.

  • November 30, 2023

    Bojangles Frees Another Insurer Over Rape Suit Coverage

    Bojangles' largest franchise operator has settled with one of its insurers in a coverage dispute over litigation alleging one of the franchisee's employees raped a minor-age worker at a Georgia restaurant location, leaving only one insurer left to fight in the insurance action.

  • November 30, 2023

    BofA Unit Fined $24M In Treasuries Spoofing Case

    Bank of America's securities unit will pay the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority $24 million after two former traders in U.S. Treasury secondary markets allegedly carried out hundreds of instances of spoofing, the regulator said Thursday.

  • November 29, 2023

    BCBS Accuses NC Hospital Of Hiding Lab Info In Fraud Suit

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has demanded that a hospital and its laboratory hand over a raft of testing and screening information the insurer says the hospital billed but did not perform.

  • November 29, 2023

    Local Gov't Org Backs Baltimore In Incarceration Pay Fight

    An advocacy organization for local governments backed Baltimore County, Maryland, in its effort to convince the Fourth Circuit to uphold a ruling that people who performed work at a county recycling plant while incarcerated were not considered employees under federal law, telling the court that reversal would ultimately harm incarcerated people.

  • November 29, 2023

    Berkshire Hathaway Unit Hit With Water Pollution Suit In NC

    A Berkshire Hathaway-owned developer polluted creeks with harmful sediment while repeatedly failing inspections that warned about inadequate environmental safety measures at a 216-acre housing development in North Carolina, environmentalists alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • November 29, 2023

    Katten Names Longtime Chicago Leader As Next Firm Chair

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced Wednesday that it has tapped its long-serving Chicago office managing partner and co-chair of its litigation department to take over as firm chair, effective July 1.

  • November 29, 2023

    Robotic Mower Co. Narrows Counterclaims In Contract Tussle

    The North Carolina Business Court has axed certain counterclaims against a Swedish company that makes robotic lawn mowers for allegedly bailing on a partnership agreement, finding the Swedish firm owed no fiduciary duty to its former U.S. partner but that it may well have stolen confidential information to use to its advantage.

  • November 28, 2023

    Duke Used Bogus Reasons For Firing Doctor, Panel Told

    A fired Duke University Hospital resident urged a North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday to revive his lawsuit alleging that health care system officials dismissed him because of his disability after an inadequate disciplinary process that violated an employment contract.

Expert Analysis

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    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Earnout Contract Considerations After NC Good Faith Ruling

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    The North Carolina Supreme Court's recent Value Health Solutions v. Pharmaceutical Research decision, holding the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing did not apply in an earnout dispute related to an asset sale, demonstrates the need for practitioners to pay careful attention to milestone concepts in M&A transactions, says Benjamin Hicks at Wagner Hicks.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • The Self-Funded Plan's Guide To Gender-Affirming Coverage

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    Self-funded group health plans face complicated legal risks when determining whether to cover gender-affirming health benefits for their transgender participants, so plan sponsors should carefully weigh how federal nondiscrimination laws and state penalties for providing care for trans minors could affect their decision to offer coverage, say Tim Kennedy and Anne Tyler Hall at Hall Benefits Law.

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