Robeson County District Court Judge Herbert Richardson Sr. is an old goat. Or at least that’s what the “young people” at the courthouse call him. Richardson said in a recent interview that he has had the pleasure of working in ...Read More »
The divorce attorney and the ex-wife at the heart of Chidnese v. Chidnese, a landmark malicious prosecution claims case, have reached a settlement. The ruling in the case by the N.C. Court of Appeals set a new standard for lawyers’ liability regarding their advice to clients. Asheville attorney Steven Kropelnicki said his client, Kathy Bryan (née Chidnese), recently negotiated a settlement with Diane McDonald, the attorney who represented her husband in their divorce. The amount is confidential, Kropelnicki said.Read More »
The wheels of justice turn slowly indeed. A federal court in North Carolina has awarded over $5.3 million in attorneys’ fees to lawyers for Dow Agrosciences in a case that took 17 years to see from start to finish. Some of the attorneys arguing before the court weren’t even practicing law yet when the case began its journey in October of 1995. The dispute started when Plant Genetic Systems, later purchased by Bayer, received a patent for some insect resistant crop seeds. Bayer sued several companies, including Mycogen Plant Science, now owned by Dow, for allegedly infringing those patents.
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A narrowly divided North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the co-owners of a beachfront condo unit who refused to pay a $54,000 assessment for renovations. The owners, led by Charlotte police officer Jeffrey J. Johnson, argued that the condo association of Starboard by the Sea in Ocean Isle violated state law and its own development declaration when it renovated and assessed their building separately from the other 32 buildings in the complex.
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CHARLOTTE — To refund or not to refund? That is the beginning of a complex set of questions in Cabarrus County, questions that appear destined to be answered in court. For 14 years, the county charged builders and developers special fees — $8.45 million in fees, to be exact, according to figures provided by the county.
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Every day, attorneys have to face a challenge not present in any other profession — to be adversarial to one another without being acrimonious. So when Lawyers Weekly wanted to get some advice about what lawyers should do to handle firm dissolutions, terminations and other common disputes as professionally as possible, we turned to Ed Gaskins.Read More »