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Clinton lawyer appointed to Superior Court bench (access required)


Gov. Bev Perdue has selected Clinton lawyer W. Douglas Parsons as the new Superior Court judge for Duplin, Jones, and Sampson Counties. Parsons, a 61-year-old partner and criminal defense lawyer at Johnson, Parsons & Hobson, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Russell Lanier Jr.

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Not your everyday repo man

Willie the service dog: Thanks to a settlement, we'll never know if he would bark at the repo man. Contributed photo.

When a colleague and friend of Greensboro attorney Bob Cone called and said he had a dog of a case for him, he wasn’t kidding. Canine Partners for Life, needed to retrieve one of its service dogs from a home in Browns Summit, N.C., where it suspected the dog was being abused. After mulling his options, Cone realized that the most obvious tactic would also be the most effective. He’d channel his inner repo man and repossess the dog.

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Business Court finds negligence claims actionable under Securities Act (access required)

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Jackson Paper had a better idea for making boxes, but just months after start-up, the plant shut down, leaving its investors out over a million dollars. When those investors sued, they didn’t accuse Jackson Paper of fraud. Rather, they alleged that the company acted negligently and asserted common law claims as well as claims under the North Carolina Securities Act, based upon that negligence.

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Homeowners’ complaint about siding certified as class action (access required)


With a recent decision by Business Court Judge John R. Jolly Jr. certifying their class claims against KB Homes Raleigh Durham, Inc., plaintiffs in Elliott v. KB Homes may have won the battle, but they might lose the war. That’s because, contrary to conventional wisdom about certification being the end game in class actions, plaintiffs here face significant liability and damage questions.

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