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No luck with post-nup tow truck (access required)

Oral contracts can carry the weight of an SUV if they can be proven, but a handshake deal between divorcing spouses fighting over a Ford Expedition got a little shaky in Orange County. According to court records, Antonio Steele and ...

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How to get a new address (access required)

Sidebar slept through most of the discussion of adverse possession during Property Law class while in law school, but here’s a case of one gentleman who definitely does not own Blackacre. Shawn Pendergraft was convicted of obtaining property by false ...

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It’s aging well (access required)

As the North Carolina legislature begins its 2015 session, it’s out with the old old, and in with the new old. Last year we marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I; in 2015, we celebrate an ...

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A matter of constitution (access required)

An Ohio-based group is working to remove a clause in North Carolina’s Constitution that is clearly at odds with the U.S. Constitution — although the chances of a re-write may be slim. Article VI, Section 8 of the state’s constitution ...

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Making the list (access required)

Iredell County’s former top cop is now near the top of a most un-wanted list. Former Sheriff Phil Redmond was named the sixth-worst boss in America for 2014 by a panel of experts. The website eBossWatch, which styles itself as ...

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We therefore resolve (access required)

The first week of January is traditionally a time when people propose resolutions for themselves for the coming year. At Sidebar, our tradition is to propose New Year’s resolutions for others to keep in the coming year. So, without further ...

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A little perspective (access required)

People typically seek a lawyer’s advice only if they have a problem. One man recently granted a new trial by the North Carolina Court of Appeals seems to have great reason to seek advice – legal and otherwise. In October ...

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Sign of the times (access required)

The barber pole has a long and colorful history, dating back to the Middle Ages when barbers cut hair, gave shaves, extracted teeth and let blood. According to a recent ruling by the state Court of Appeals, laws enacted within ...

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The least famous Reindeer of all (access required)

Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a case emanating out of North Carolina by citing to precedent laid down in the little-known case of United States v. The Reindeer. Chief Justice John ...

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