North Carolina

  • February 15, 2024

    NC AG Takes Duke Energy Rate Hike Fight To State Justices

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is pressing the state Supreme Court to overrule a rate increase approved by the state utilities commission for Duke Energy Carolinas, arguing that the increase is "unlawful, unjust, unreasonable."

  • February 15, 2024

    Redistricting Would Confuse NC Voters, 4th Circ. Judges Say

    The Fourth Circuit seemed poised Thursday to let down Black voters in their bid to erase election maps they claim are unfairly drawn to dilute their voting power in North Carolina's "Black Belt," with the majority of a panel suggesting that redrawing maps shortly ahead of primaries would cause chaos.

  • February 15, 2024

    NC Tribe Seeks To Restore Mountain Peak's Cherokee Name

    The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is asking the federal government to change the name of the highest point in the Smoky Mountains back to its original Indigenous title, saying the tribe has received overwhelming support from local and regional organizations for the process that began two years ago.

  • February 15, 2024

    NC Bill Would Give BOE Power To Boot Trump From Ballot

    A Democrat in the North Carolina Senate has proposed a bill that would hand the state Board of Elections the power to decide whether Donald J. Trump should be disqualified from the state's primary ballot following a failed candidate challenge just before Christmas.

  • February 14, 2024

    New Criminal Charges Don't End Forced Rehab, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit has upheld the tossing of a man's bid to end a forced civil commitment following his time in prison for two federal crimes, ruling that his criminal convictions have no effect on his civil status as a sexually dangerous individual.

  • February 14, 2024

    Tax Cap Won't Smoke Philip Morris Credits, NC Justices Hear

    North Carolina's $6 million cigarette export tax cap only limits the credits that can be claimed in a year, not the amount of credit that can be generated, Philip Morris told the state justices Wednesday as it looks to ward off a potential $52.5 million loss.

  • February 14, 2024

    Fund Administrator Negligent In $9M Fraud, NC Justices Told

    A group of investors who were fleeced for nearly $9 million by a crooked hedge fund manager urged the North Carolina Supreme Court Wednesday to revive their negligence suit against the fund's administrator, arguing it blindly accepted whatever the manager said without verifying whether his investments were legitimate.

  • February 14, 2024

    French-Door Fridge Buyers Sue Whirlpool Over Broken Panels

    Refrigerator buyers claim Whirlpool Corp. designed its french-door fridges in such a way that causes the front-facing ice and water control panel to become totally useless, often resulting in an expensive repair or the consumer buying a new one, according to a complaint filed in Delaware federal court.

  • February 14, 2024

    Honeywell Misused Forfeited 401(k) Contributions, Suit Says

    Honeywell International has been unlawfully using ex-employees' forfeited 401(k) funds to offset its retirement plan contributions rather than covering plan expenses, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    LabCorp Sued Over Sharing Sensitive Health Info With Google

    The Laboratory Corporation of America shares sensitive health information and website browsing history with Google without patients' knowledge or consent, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Wireless Tech Co. Can't Get $12.5M Award OK'd At 4th Circ.

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday overturned the enforcement of a $12.5 million arbitral award issued in a trade secrets dispute between wireless technology companies, ruling in a published opinion that the lower court lacked jurisdiction under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2022 decision in Badgerow v. Walters.

  • February 13, 2024

    Hilton And Franchisee Defeat NC Sex Trafficking Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday threw out a suit by an anonymous accuser who says she was the victim of sex trafficking at a Hampton Inn, finding she did not allege in her complaint any wrongdoing under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act by the hotel's franchisee and its Hilton franchisor.

  • February 13, 2024

    4th Circ. Won't Upend Life Sentence Over Trump Phone Call

    The Fourth Circuit refused Tuesday to disturb the life sentence of a man convicted of murder and drug trafficking, holding that even if former President Donald Trump said he intended to commute the sentence during a phone call, that intent isn't enough.

  • February 13, 2024

    4th Circuit Sinks Golf Course's Suit Over Rezoning Bid

    The owner of Hilton Head National Golf Club in South Carolina won't get a shot at developing a mixed-use project on its property after a panel of appeals judges agreed with a lower court's ruling that halted the project.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurance Co. Stock Fight Belongs In Del., NC Judge Rules

    A former partner in an insurance brokerage who alleges the company gave him a lowball offer to buy back his shares after he was fired should have brought his complaint in Delaware, a North Carolina Business Court judge has ruled in granting the brokerage's motion to dismiss.

  • February 13, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Ares Management, Somerset, MBS Group

    Ares Management has reportedly purchased a 14-building portfolio in New Jersey for $118.5 million, a Somerset Properties venture is said to have bought a North Carolina industrial building for $11 million, and MBS Group has reportedly leased 300,000 square feet in Queens.

  • February 13, 2024

    Wells Fargo, Ex-Exec Continue Bids To Win Bias Suit

    A Wells Fargo unit and one of its former investment directors are pushing their competing bids for summary judgment in a disability bias suit, each claiming there is evidence to support their arguments regarding why the director's termination occurred.

  • February 13, 2024

    Prior Sham Marriage Bars Immigration Bid, 4th Circ. Rules

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services properly denied a Czech man's bid for lawful permanent residency status as the spouse of a U.S. citizen because his earlier marriage to another American woman was fraudulent, the Fourth Circuit ruled.

  • February 13, 2024

    Convicted NC Doctor Can't Get Recordings From Prosecutors

    A North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday rejected a doctor's attempt to force prosecutors to turn over recorded phone calls with a telemedicine provider, finding that the requested materials weren't relevant and that she was trying to "manufacture" a way to have her fraud conviction overturned.

  • February 13, 2024

    Carl Icahn Sets Sights On JetBlue, Scooping 10% Share

    Activist investor Carl Icahn has revealed in a securities filing that he has amassed a nearly 10% stake in JetBlue Airways, a disclosure that sent the airline's stock price soaring more than 20% on Tuesday. 

  • February 13, 2024

    $8.6M In Interest Added To Vivint Smart Home TM Case

    A North Carolina federal judge has given local security company CPI Security Systems Inc. about $8.6 million in prejudgment interest in a suit against smart home software company Vivint Smart Home Inc. over allegedly deceptive marketing tactics.

  • February 13, 2024

    Staffing Co. Sues NC Nursing Home Over Unpaid Invoices

    A North Carolina nursing home has stopped paying a healthcare staffing company for nurses it provided as part of a service contract, according to a federal lawsuit outlining more than $1 million in unpaid invoices.

  • February 13, 2024

    Pot Distributor Accuses 'Amazon Of Hemp' Of Breaking Contract

    A cannabis distribution company and a family farm are suing online retailer Mood Product Group LLC in North Carolina state court, saying Mood violated a distribution contract and took confidential information in a bid to cut its partners out of the supply chain.

  • February 12, 2024

    Real Estate Co. Asks NC High Court To Review Shutdown

    A real estate company wants the North Carolina Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision to block the company from operating in the state after finding that it fraudulently locked homeowners into high-interest loans.

  • February 12, 2024

    NC High Court Snapshot: Philip Morris Fights Tax Credit Limit

    North Carolina's top court will return in February from an extended hiatus to weigh whether a home healthcare company was correctly ejected from the state's Medicaid program, and if regulators were right to limit state export tax credits for tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Perspectives

    6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • NC Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    Two new North Carolina financial services laws went into effect in the fourth quarter of 2023 that amended the state's Retail Installment Sales Act and Consumer Finance Act, increasing the maximum interest rates and default late charges that may be assessed for loans, says Gursharon Shergill at Wagner Hicks.

  • 3 Areas Of Focus In Congressional Crosshairs This Year

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    Companies must prepare for Congress to build on its 2023 oversight priorities this year, continuing its vigorous inquiries into Chinese company-related investments, workplace safety and labor relations issues, and generative artificial intelligence, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • Bribery Settlement Gives Insight On DOJ Policies

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    Chemical company Albemarle’s recent $218 million settlement with the government to resolve foreign bribery claims provides valuable data points for companies on the U.S. Department of Justice’s voluntary self-disclosure policy and its clawback pilot program, say Michael DeBernardis and Tiauna Mathieu at Hughes Hubbard.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • After Headwinds, 2024 May See Offshore Wind Momentum

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    Despite skyrocketing raw material costs, conflicting state and federal policies, and other setbacks for the offshore wind sector in 2023, the industry appears poised for growth in the coming year, with improving economics, more flexible procurement procedures and increasing legislative support, say Emily Huggins Jones and Ben Cowan at Locke Lord.

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