North Carolina

  • December 05, 2023

    Solar Tech Lender Gets OK For Quick Ch. 11 Exit

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday said she will approve Sunlight Financial Holding's prepackaged Chapter 11 sale plan just over a month after the solar power financing company filed for bankruptcy.

  • December 05, 2023

    NC Court Thaws Spending Freeze For Beset Insurance Mogul

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals shredded orders Tuesday that kept an embattled insurance mogul from receiving and spending companies' money, reasoning an insurer didn't take the required step to collect on a more than $524 million judgment before asking a court to stop his cash flow.

  • December 05, 2023

    JetBlue-Spirit Deal Trial Wraps As Judge Mulls Middle Ground

    While hearing closing arguments in a monthlong bench trial, a Massachusetts federal judge weighed Tuesday whether he could strike a balance between permanently barring a proposed $3.8 billion merger between JetBlue Airways Corp. and Spirit Airlines and letting the deal go through as is.

  • December 05, 2023

    11th Circ. Upholds Summonses For Peruvians' US Bank Docs

    The Eleventh Circuit upheld IRS summonses for the U.S. bank records of Peruvian siblings who claimed that a history of corruption in their government should have stopped the IRS from cooperating with it, saying a district court correctly denied the siblings a chance to present evidence of wrongdoing.

  • December 05, 2023

    H-2A Wages Rule Will Spike Illegal Immigration, 4th Circ. Told

    A U.S. Department of Labor rule regulating wages for H-2A workers would make foreign labor unaffordable for employers and increase illegal immigration, a group of ranches and farms told the Fourth Circuit, saying implementation of the rule should be halted.

  • December 05, 2023

    Married Attys To Face Off Against Judiciary In Their 1st Trial

    A former North Carolina federal public defender is preparing to try her own case accusing the judiciary of bungling an investigation into her sexual harassment claim, capping off a thorny litigation path that left her with only her husband as co-counsel after the abrupt departure of her legal team.

  • December 04, 2023

    4th Circ. Preview: Oil Giants, Rockefeller Headline December

    The Fourth Circuit's December argument lineup will find the court considering climate science suits brought by Maryland municipalities against oil giants, while also reviewing a $4.6 million employment discrimination judgment against a hospital and a $1 billion lawsuit over the Rockefeller Foundation's alleged role in a medical experiment that infected Guatemalan people with syphilis decades ago.

  • December 04, 2023

    Google Says SC Agency Waived Immunity From Doc Request

    Google has told the Fourth Circuit a South Carolina agency needs to hand over documents about its digital advertising activity because the state waived its sovereign immunity by suing the company for allegedly monopolizing key digital advertising technology.

  • December 04, 2023

    Insurers Say RICO Suit Against Mogul Gives 'Great Detail'

    A group of insurers urged a North Carolina federal court not to toss its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against insurance mogul Greg Lindberg, saying the suit provides "great detail" to support its allegations that Lindberg and his co-conspirators engaged in a fraudulent scheme to enrich themselves.

  • December 04, 2023

    State Says Goat Theft Decision Won't Break NC Jurisprudence

    A former DLA Piper associate and animal rights activist who was convicted of stealing a baby goat in North Carolina doesn't have the jurisprudence-shattering case he claims he does, the state's justice department told the North Carolina Supreme Court last week.

  • December 04, 2023

    NC Justice Asks 4th Circ. To Halt Diversity Comments Probe

    North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls asked the Fourth Circuit on Monday to stop a judicial watchdog investigation of her comments about diversity on the bench while she appeals a federal judge's previous denial of that request in her First Amendment lawsuit.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

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    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    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

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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.

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