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This is why you hire a lawyer to fight the lawyers (access required)

A.P. Carlton, an attorney with Raleigh’s Allen Pinnix & Nichols, has filed a counterclaim against the North Carolina State Bar on behalf of his new client, Lienguard, an Illinois-based commercial lien filing service. In 2010, the bar’s authorized practice committee sent Lienguard a cease-and-desist letter saying that the company’s filing of claims of lien was “illegal and must end immediately.”

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Don’t blame the messenger (access required)

Repercussions from the power outage at the bar exam continued to ripple through the law grad community last week as more than 1,200 test takers awaited word on how the N.C. Board of Law Examiners would respond to the incident. Would the board mandate a retake of the Tuesday afternoon section? Would graders consider the circumstances when evaluating the essays? And just how were hard-working law grads supposed to relax on their well-deserved post-bar Caribbean vacations with this issue unresolved, anyway?

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