How many North Carolina law firms have an agribusiness practice group? New Bern-based Ward and Smith does. Although attorneys at the firm have practiced in that area for a long time, the firm only recently formalized the group in response to the growing needs of its clients.Read More »
Last year, with 162 lawyers, Legal Aid of North Carolina would have ranked No. 5 in the state, ahead of K&L Gates. In 2011, that number dropped to 157 attorneys – still enough to keep the organization in the top ten (at No. 6), but that 3.1 percent drop in attorney numbers doesn’t reflect the full impact the recession has had on the state’s largest provider of free legal services to low income residents.
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Mentoring programs for new lawyers are catching on in a number of states, as growing numbers are entering the profession without the ethical and professional safety net of a job. In the Carolinas, those programs — operating informally for a number of years — are about to kick off in a big way.Read More »
When a colleague and friend of Greensboro attorney Bob Cone called and said he had a dog of a case for him, he wasn’t kidding. Canine Partners for Life, needed to retrieve one of its service dogs from a home in Browns Summit, N.C., where it suspected the dog was being abused. After mulling his options, Cone realized that the most obvious tactic would also be the most effective. He’d channel his inner repo man and repossess the dog.Read More »
When attorney Lynn Szymoniak received a foreclosure notice from her lender in July 2008, her fraud antennae went up. She’d spent years specializing in financial crime, so she did a little digging, and thus began the uncovering of robo-signing.Read More »
Jackson Paper had a better idea for making boxes, but just months after start-up, the plant shut down, leaving its investors out over a million dollars. When those investors sued, they didn’t accuse Jackson Paper of fraud. Rather, they alleged that the company acted negligently and asserted common law claims as well as claims under the North Carolina Securities Act, based upon that negligence.Read More »
With a recent decision by Business Court Judge John R. Jolly Jr. certifying their class claims against KB Homes Raleigh Durham, Inc., plaintiffs in Elliott v. KB Homes may have won the battle, but they might lose the war. That’s because, contrary to conventional wisdom about certification being the end game in class actions, plaintiffs here face significant liability and damage questions.Read More »
It had to be done. That’s what North Carolina state Rep. George Cleveland thought last April when he introduced a bill barring courts from applying foreign law in instances where such law would lead to a violation of constitutional rights.Read More »
Margaret and Grady Trantham were in their 80s when they met real estate developer Michael Martin. They’d bought their 100-acre farm in Pickens County, S.C., some years before, following Grady’s retirement from his job at Champion Paper Mill in Canton, ...Read More »
Just when residential mortgage lenders had hoped the worst was behind them with several private and government settlements coming to a close, questionable lending practices are once again biting back — this time ensnaring Wells Fargo and QBE Insurance Inc., the company that administers the bank’s homeowners insurance program.
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