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Motorcycle Rider Stacks Car Policy (access required)

Two rulings on underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) in auto policies have been handed down by the state’s appellate courts. One case involved UIM stacking in the context of a motorcycle insurance policy. The other concerned stacking of UIM coverages in ...

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History Of Immunity Doctrine (access required)

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Doe v. Holt marks an important erosion of the parent-child immunity doctrine. That principle has been the law in North Carolina for almost 70 years. Following is a chronology tracing the birth of the doctrine ...

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Parental Immunity Is Limited (access required)

Two daughters whose father sexually abused them during childhood may sue him for their physical and emotional injuries, the state Supreme Court ruled July 17. The traditional doctrine of parental immunity does not bar suits by minors for ‘willful and ...

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Patterson Dilthey Splitting Sept. 1 (access required)

A Raleigh-based firm with 34 attorneys is splitting along generational lines into two firms. Patterson, Dilthey, Clay, Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog announced it will dissolve by Sept. 1. Disagreement about the firm’s direction is apparently driving out Patterson Dilthey’s three ...

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Pleading Limit Could Snare The Unwary (access required)

Watch that $10,000 damages limit in negligence pleadings. Two decisions, one state and one federal, demonstrate that particular pleading requirement has the potential to trip up both plaintiffs and defendants. Rule 8(a)(2) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure ...

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