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Eminent domain class action gets Appeals Court hearing (access required)

The state’s Map Act was front and center Wednesday afternoon as the Court of Appeals heard arguments in Beroth Oil Co. v. NCDOT, the proposed class action pending in Forsyth County. The case focuses on the state Department of Transportation’s delay in acquiring property along the proposed Northern Beltway, and the impact that delay has had on affected property owners.

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Top Verdicts & Settlements (access required)

An “empty chair” alienation of affection case that resulted in a $30 million award tops the list of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s annual roundup of the year’s top verdicts and settlements. The 2011 list comprises the 25 of $1.5 million or more that were reported to Lawyers Weekly during the year.

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Law school websites don’t score well for transparency (access required)

Like most of the country’s law schools, those in North Carolina and South Carolina stumble when it comes to reporting clear and accurate information about post-graduate employment on their websites, according to a new survey by the advocacy group Law School Transparency. The nonprofit policy organization issued the Transparency Index on its website (www.lawschooltransparency.com) earlier this month. The exhaustive evaluation is LST’s latest effort to cajole law schools into providing prospective and current law students with more realistic portraits of the economic conditions awaiting them after graduation.

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