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Criminal Practice – Attorneys’ Fees – Defendant’s Right to Be Heard – Evidence – Interrogation Recording – Plain Error Review – Ineffective Assistance Claim (access required)

State v. Friend (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-021-18, 13 pp.) (Richard Dietz, J.) Appealed from Catawba County Superior Court (Robert Sumner, J.) N.C. App. Holding: When the trial court is contemplating a money judgment against a criminal defendant for attorneys’ fees ...

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Civil Practice – Statute of Limitations – Tort/Negligence – Auto Accident – Insurance – UM Carrier – Service of Process (access required)

Powell v. Kent (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-017-18, 9 pp.) (John Arrowood, J.) Appealed from Haywood County Superior Court (Sharon Tracey Barrett, J.) N.C. App. Holding: Although plaintiff instituted an action within the three-year limitations period applicable to automobile negligence actions ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Classification – Military Disability Benefits – Distributive Award – Civil Practice – Contempt (access required)

Lesh v. Lesh (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-016-18, 25 pp.) (Mark Davis, J.) Appealed from Currituck County District Court (Meader Harriss III, J.) N.C. App. Holding: After properly classifying the plaintiff-husband’s military disability benefits as his separate property, the trial court ...

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