North Carolina

  • January 31, 2024

    Greens Call Foul On Logging Plans In NC National Forest

    Conservationists are challenging a proposed logging project in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, saying Wednesday the plan will disturb an "exceptional ecological community" and otherwise contradicts the agency's own protective designation for the area.

  • January 31, 2024

    4th Circ. Says Migrant Can't Tie MS-13 Extortion To US Dad

    The Fourth Circuit refuted a Salvadoran asylum-seeker's claims that MS-13 extorted him to get its hands on remittances from his American father, finding no evidence showing that gang members even knew the father was in the U.S.

  • January 30, 2024

    Timber Co. Says Seller 'Twisting' Words In Carbon Offset Fight

    A New Hampshire-based timber company has told a North Carolina court that an investment firm specializing in forestland is "twisting" words in an attempt to escape claims that it overvalued the carbon offset of a property by about $1 million.

  • January 30, 2024

    Fans Fight Commanders' Arbitration Bid Over Railing Collapse

    NFL fans suing the Washington Commanders told the Fourth Circuit that a lower court correctly denied an attempt to compel arbitration and that the district court's ruling was "properly based" on the facts of the case filed over injuries the fans sustained from a rail that collapsed in a stadium.

  • January 30, 2024

    NC Hospital Says It Didn't Share Patient Data With Meta

    A North Carolina hospital system scoffed at allegations that it shared patient information with Facebook without consent for years in response to a proposed negligence class action brought by three patients and after a state business court allowed the action to move forward.

  • January 30, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Eldawy, Wake Stone, Ohio Police & Fire

    Developer Mohamed Eldawy is said to be seeking city approval for a $250 million mixed-use project in Galveston, Texas, Wake Stone Property is reportedly investing $48 million toward expanding an industrial park in North Carolina, and the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund could be investing up to $275 million in real estate this year.

  • January 30, 2024

    Irked NC Judge Pushes Deal To End Derelict 'Ghost' Park Spat

    A North Carolina state court judge irritated with the legal antics surrounding an abandoned theme park targeted for dissolution warned the parties Tuesday that a settlement may be their best path forward to avoid a decision that may be "mostly unsatisfactory for both of you."

  • January 30, 2024

    NC Federal Judge OKs Temporary Halt In Novant Hospital Deal

    Novant Health's push to buy two North Carolina hospitals is on hold after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order Monday pausing the $320 million transaction, a step each party agreed to amid the antitrust challenge.

  • January 30, 2024

    4th Circ. Revives Combat IP Theft Suit Against Israeli Co.

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday revived an American combat training company's trade secret theft lawsuit against an Israeli company, its U.S. affiliate, a military officer and the Israeli Ministry of Defense, finding the trial court wrongly relied on a prior judgment, which didn't address the Delaware-based affiliate.

  • January 30, 2024

    UNC Prof Says He's Immune From Suit Over Party Pics Probe

    A University of North Carolina medical school professor has told the state Supreme Court that he's immune as a state official from a lawsuit alleging that he initiated a vindictive investigation into a bawdy going-away party resulting in an outgoing physician's pay being delayed.

  • January 30, 2024

    Full 4th Circ. Declines Atty's Coverage Case In Fraud Defense

    The full Fourth Circuit won't hear a Maryland attorney's arguments after a panel determined he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer concerning his indictment on charges that he defrauded financial institutions to gain control of $13 million in frozen Somali assets.

  • January 29, 2024

    Va. Tells 4th Circ. Hemp Law Not Preempted By Farm Bill

    The state of Virginia told the Fourth Circuit on Friday that a lower court was correct to deny hemp companies' bid for an injunction blocking the state's ban on intoxicating hemp products, saying the federal farm bill legalizing hemp empowered states to enact their own rules.

  • January 29, 2024

    Builder Tries To Sink Lawsuit Over Failed NC Venture

    A North Carolina builder has pushed back against a lawsuit from his former business partner seeking the return of a Charlotte-area property, saying that the filing doesn't include a necessary party and that the claims are derivative.

  • January 29, 2024

    NC Court Pares Down Crop Insurance Coverage Row

    A North Carolina federal judge trimmed a crop insurance dispute brought by a farm alleging that its insurance agent didn’t properly submit the coverage application or inform the farm’s owners of coverage, dismissing all claims against the insurer but leaving several against the agent.

  • January 29, 2024

    City Engineers Must Face Brain Injury Case, NC Panel Told

    A North Carolina woman has asked the state appeals court to revive her negligence case against the city of Charlotte and two of its engineers for allegedly failing to install pedestrian safety measures at a crosswalk where she was hit by a car, saying the city previously agreed to waive its sovereign immunity in tort cases such as hers.

  • January 26, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Kicks Patent Suit Against Honeywell Out Of Waco

    A ruling from the Federal Circuit on Friday knocked U.S. District Judge Alan Albright for keeping a patent lawsuit in Waco, noting that "nothing of significance ties this case to the Western District of Texas."

  • January 26, 2024

    Voters Can't Block NC Senate Map Before 2024 Election

    A North Carolina federal judge on Friday declined to block the state's new Senate map from being used in the 2024 election cycle over concerns certain districts dilute Black voting power, saying such a ruling mid-election would cause "voter confusion and chaos."

  • January 26, 2024

    NC Insurance Group Not Bound By Medicare Law, Suit Says

    The North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association asked a federal court to find that it doesn't have to pay back Medicare for claims that should otherwise be covered by private insurance, arguing the agency isn't a policy provider as defined by federal law.

  • January 26, 2024

    Software Co. Saddled With Receiver Amid Fraud Concerns

    A court-appointed receiver will start looking over the shoulder of a software company accused of funneling assets to avoid paying distributions to its founder's trust, a North Carolina Business Court judge has ruled, finding the trust's claims for fraud are likely sound.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Engineering Co. Flouted Stock Buyback Deal, Ex-Execs Say

    A former associate vice president and a managing director at engineering firm Syska Hennessy alleged in North Carolina federal court that the company violated an agreement by not purchasing their employee stock after they departed.

  • January 25, 2024

    Petition Watch: Patent Obviousness, ADA Trials, Spoofing

    The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for review each term, but only a few make the news. Here, Law360 looks at four petitions filed in the past two weeks that you might've missed, including questions over pleading standards, the correct obviousness test to apply in patent disputes, whether Americans with Disabilities Act retaliation plaintiffs are entitled to jury trials, and how the government should prosecute spoofing.

  • January 25, 2024

    Opioid Nuisance Query Better For W.Va. Court, 4th Circ. Hints

    A Fourth Circuit panel asked repeatedly Thursday why no one had sought help from West Virginia's high court in a bellwether legal clash over whether anti-nuisance laws can be used to target the drug companies that supplied pharmacies amid the opioid crisis.

  • January 25, 2024

    Lawmakers Push Back On Biden's Support For TRIPS Waiver

    A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers on Thursday said the Biden administration shouldn't endorse an expanded deal from years ago at the World Trade Organization that created an emergency COVID-19-related carve-out for patent rights.

  • January 25, 2024

    Eye Care Tech Co. Gets Tentative OK For $8M DIP

    Optometry software maker Eye Care Leaders received tentative approval Thursday from a Texas bankruptcy judge to tap into $8 million of debtor-in-possession financing from a private equity firm looking to buy the company in a Chapter 11 sale.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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