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Attorneys-Tort/Negligence – FTCA – False Claims Act – Whistleblower Statutes – Administrative Claim – Civil Practice – Standing (access required)

Greene v. United States Department of Justice (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-02-0922, 12 pp.) (James Fox, Sr. J.) 5:14-cv-00246; E.D.N.C. Holding: Plaintiff maintains that she reasonably relied on the U.S. government to prosecute her case with due care and that the ...

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Attorneys – Attorney-Client Relationship – Conflict of Interest – Severance Contract – No Independent Review (access required)

Stillwagon v. Innsbrook Golf & Marina, LLC (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-02-0875, 15 pp.) (James Dever III, Ch. J.) 2:13-cv-00018; E.D.N.C. Holding: Despite plaintiff’s contention that he had a business, rather than an attorney-client, relationship with defendants, since plaintiff provided legal ...

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Attorneys – Tort/Negligence – Legal Malpractice – Civil Practice – Summary Judgment – Issues of Fact – Attorney-Client Relationship (access required)

Harris v. Ballantine (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-16-0823, 12 pp.) (Mark Davis, J.) Appealed from Guilford County Superior Court (John Craig III, J.) N.C. App. Unpub. Holding: Since the parties forecasted conflicting evidence as to whether the plaintiff-attorney agreed to represent ...

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Attorneys – Contract – Settlement Agreement – Expunction – Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals – Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim (access required)

Kyprianides v. Martin (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-16-0685, 8 pp.) (Rick Elmore, J.) Appealed from Hertford County Superior Court (Cy Grant, Sr., J.) N.C. App. Unpub. Holding: As part of a mediated settlement agreement with plaintiff (a former client), the defendant-attorney ...

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