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Author Archives: Amy Stevens

Bar is high and issues complex in worker’s comp cases

Worker’s compensation law has a long and winding history in the North Carolina. The cases – which are difficult, emotional, and time-consuming – also become more complicated as the workplace changes and legal standards evolve. The majority of worker’s compensation case claims are dealt with on an administrative level. The more complex cases are handled via hearings before the Industrial Commission, created by the General Assembly in 1929 to administer the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act.

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Once commonplace, executions a rarity – for now

Executions for capital crimes, once a common occurrence in North Carolina, have seen a dramatic slowdown in recent years. But the death penalty remains a hot-button topic, albeit one with an uncertain future. “The death penalty has been a part of North Carolina law since the state was a British colony,” says Jeffrey Welty, University of North Carolina professor of public law and government. “The first known execution by colonial authorities was the hanging of a Native American man in 1726.”

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Online hotel brokers can proceed with tax challenge

A group of online hotel reservation companies can proceed with their suit against the North Carolina Department of Revenue and Durham County over a hotel occupancy tax the companies believe unfairly and unconstitutionally targeted their business. The case focuses on the state’s sales tax on the rental of hotel rooms, and Durham County’s “room occupancy tax” on hotel rooms within the county. The plaintiffs – Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, and Travelscape – are considered “facilitators” under both of the laws in question.

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Bad excuse better than no excuse

“My client made me do it.” Let’s agree that’s not the best way to impress a court when you’ve violated the law and flirted with crossing the line of ethical appropriateness. When Asheville attorney Eugene W. Ellison’s client was injured ...

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