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Arbitration Clause Can Be Enforced (access required)

A compulsory arbitration clause in a construction contract is enforceable even though the agreement contained a provision giving North Carolina courts jurisdiction over disputes, according to a March 5 Supreme Court ruling. The case is Johnston County, N.C. v. R.N. ...

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Lawyers, Laymen Discuss Fees (access required)

They came, they saw, and they talked for hours about legal fees. A disgruntled client wondered whether his attorneys were “churning’ his case to produce billable hours. A divorcing mother said she sold her grandmother’s silver to pay her legal ...

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Court Races Firmed Up (access required)

When the filing period for statewide judicial races closed last week, five appellate judges were breathing a little easier. The reason: Half the 10 appellate seats up for election in the fall won’t be contested. On the Supreme Court, two ...

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N.C. Last In Lawyer Saturation (access required)

North Carolina continues to have fewer lawyers per capita than any other state, according to an American Bar Association study. With 10,238 lawyers ‘ or one for every 634 residents ‘ the state ranks last in lawyer saturation, the ABA ...

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