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There be e-dragons (access required)

Were you to draw a map of today’s legal landscape, you’d put electronic discovery in a roiling sea dotted with serpentine creatures and labeled with the scripted warning, “Beyond this place there be e-dragons.”

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Letting moons shine (access required)

A committee discussion last week in the N.C. House revealed an interesting distinction in state law. Even if pending legislation to ban females from going topless in public is approved, it still would remain legal for both sexes to bare ...

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Homebuilder dodges $3M defective construction claim (access required)

A defective construction claim against a homebuilder failed after a federal judge found that the plaintiffs failed to state in their contract that the builder was responsible for soil tests. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Reidinger last month entered summary judgment in favor of defendant Robbinsville Custom Molding, a general contractor facing claims of breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices and fraud. The defendant’s attorney, Ervin L. Ball, said the plaintiffs sought an award of about $3 million.

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With Big Data come big implications for law firms (access required)

Odds are good that Julie Colgan has more tattoos than you do. Just as good are odds that she knows more about Big Data and how law firms can maximize its use. Colgan is a certified records manager who now helps IBM clients create strategies for technology and information management. Previously, she worked for Nexsen Pruett as director of records and information management. That experience and her leadership in ARMA International, the professional organization for information managers, put her at the forefront of the legal tech field.

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Road contractor collects $6.5M settlement from DOT (access required)

A letter from the N.C. Department of Transportation secretary to a disgruntled resident helped a contractor win a $6.5 million award in the settlement of a breach-of-contract claim last month. Plaintiff’s attorney Matthew Bouchard said his client first filed a verified claim seeking more than $13 million to recover operating costs lost when completion of a road project the contractor was working on was delayed by more than 600 days. The contractor blamed DOT failures to meet project deadlines for the delay. The DOT rejected the claim so the company filed suit. The parties settled in pre-trial mediation.

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The art of reducing genomics to 140 characters

Reading Daniel Vorhaus’ Twitter feed is a bit like downing an espresso: It makes you feel smarter, fast. The biotech industry newsletter FierceBiotech ( recently ranked Vorhaus 11th on its list of the “top 50 voices in the biotech Twittersphere.” He was the only lawyer on its list. Vorhaus is a life sciences attorney for Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, which has offices in Charlotte, Research Triangle Park and Rock Hill. He has a master’s in bioethics and serves as editor of the firm’s Genomics Law Report.

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