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A tale of two Bobs (access required)

One of the challenges of covering the North Carolina Court of Appeals is keeping track of the Robert Hunters, for there are two—Robert C. Hunter and Robert N. Hunter—on the 15-member court.

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40 lawyers a-leaping (access required)

Our default mode here at Sidebar tends to be skepticism. As detached observers, we pride ourselves on our reserved, calculated approach, especially when evaluating press materials. So, when we first opened the Van Winkle Law Firm’s holiday card email, featuring pop-up pictures of the firm’s 40-plus attorneys, we scrunched up our noses in Grinch-like sneers. That soon melted to gentle mocking: “Is this a Halloween card? How terrifying is it to have 40 lawyers spring out at you?” But even Sidebar has a heart, and lest we be accused of it being two sizes too small, we must admit we are charmed.

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Aww, it’s a love story (access required)

South Carolina may have abolished the torts of alienation of affection and criminal conversation, but jilted lovers there can still seek balm for their broken hearts if they allege that some of the philandering took place in North Carolina, where those relics still survive.

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The hits just keep on comin’ (access required)

A few weeks ago we picked up on a thread of snarkiness that was woven through some of the many opinions that Judge Donna S. Stroud had to write while four of her fellow Court of Appeals judges were busy trying to woo voters during the election.

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