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Legislature attacks unauthorized practice of law (access required)

Awaiting Perdue’s signature, bill would allow harmed consumers to sue

It isn’t every day a new cause of action comes along, but June 16 was one of them. That was the day both chambers of the North Carolina Legislature voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 349, which provides a private cause of action to consumers who can show they were harmed by the unauthorized practice of law. As of press time, the bill had not been signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue, but a spokesperson for the governor said it is one of several bills the governor is considering. Some attorneys say the legislation provides an opportunity for attorneys to prosecute claims on behalf of aggrieved clients, particularly those involved in real estate transactions.

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