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‘Textbook clarity’ in lis pendens case extinguishes lien (access required)

Winston-Salem real estate developer T. Michael Kelley had his moment in the Court of Appeals' spotlight last week. It was his second such moment this month. The Court of Appeals reversed a trial court's dismissal of his quiet-title action and remanded the case for entry of summary judgment in Kelley's favor in June 20's Kelley v. Citi Fin. Servs., Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-07-0668, 15 pp.).

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Lights! Camera! CLE! (access required)

NCBA distance learning coordinator Carroll Herndon poses with some of the new equipment in the new studio at the Bar Center. Photo by Russell Rawlings NCBA distance learning coordinator Carroll Herndon poses with some of the new equipment in the new studio at the Bar Center. Photo by Russell Rawlings Don't be surprised if you walk by a closed door with an "on air" sign lit up the next time you visit the Bar Center in Cary. The North Carolina Bar Association is putting the finishing touches on an in-house recording studio for its CLE programming. The studio will allow the NCBA to increase its online offerings, according to CLE director Ray Ruppert. The NCBA currently offers about 300 video replays per year, but Ruppert said the organization must up that number.

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Controlled business arrangements squeeze lawyers (access required)

Real estate brokerages and lending institutions operating in North Carolina have learned where the money is in the real estate closing business: title insurance, according to some attorneys in the state. That realization - and the "controlled business arrangement" model that has sprung up as a result of it - has driven some longtime real estate lawyers out of the practice.

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