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Practical Litigator: Employer negligence? Make sure the order spells it out

We all know that minor settlements need to be approved by a judge. But try and find the statute or case law requiring this exercise. Speaking objections cannot be made during depositions. But other than a handful of local rules that prohibit the use of speaking objections, try to find binding North Carolina case law or statutory authority that establishes such a rule. And so it is with the issue of employer negligence when plaintiffs move to reduce or strike a workers' compensation lien. Whenever lawyers discuss third-party workplace cases the first question in the conversation typically relates to the amount of the subrogation lien.

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