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Other Rulings On Guidelines (access required)

In McDonald v. Taylor, the Court of Appeals interpreted a “potential income’ aspect of the N.C. Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines, set out in N.C.G.S. § 50-13.4, took effect in 1990 and were fine-tuned by several statutory amendments last year. ...

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Three Lawyers Are Sanctioned (access required)

The Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the State Bar has taken the following actions against three lawyers: Wilmington attorney Northrope Rice received a five-year suspension of his law license, with the five-year suspension being stayed for five years for his failure ...

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Bachelor Party Covered By Workers' Comp (access required)

An employee severely injured at a surprise bachelor party hosted by his employer has been awarded permanent disability payments by the Industrial Commission. The case is Trautman v. Green Tree Experts (North Carolina Lawyers Weekly No. IC0486 – 12 pages). ...

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Other 'Work & Play' Court Rulings (access required)

The Industrial Commission ruling in Trautman v. Green Tree Experts is only the third published interpretation of the ‘Chilton’ test. That test is comprised of several questions to be considered in determining whether compensation benefits should be awarded for employee ...

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Bank Loses On Clerical Error (access required)

A bank that accidentally checked the ‘termination’ box instead of the ‘partial release’ box on a multipurpose security form lost its entire security interest when the debtor filed for bankruptcy, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The ...

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N.C. Exemption Protects Savings (access required)

Even though a bankrupt husband and wife owed their bank nearly $5,000 in unpaid loans, they may still hold on to $1,800 they have on deposit there, a federal judge has ruled. On March 19, U.S. Eastern District Judge James ...

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Novice MD Is Liable For Eye Injuries (access required)

A doctor inexperienced with a new surgical technique has been found liable for injuries a woman suffered during an eye operation. ‘This is the first medical negligence case I’ve had where the physician did not have the requisite training to ...

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