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David W. Brown Jr. has joined the Charlotte office of McNair Law Firm, where he will focus on commercial real estate development. Brown previously was primarily responsible for the real estate documents that governed the development of the Levine Center ...

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New book chronicles Charlotte’s legal history (access required)

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As the Mecklenburg County Bar drew close to the 100th anniversary it celebrates this year, Osborne “Ozzie” Ayscue, the long-serving and frequently honored attorney who has acted as the bar’s informal historian, helped start a project to venerate the association’s history and pass it along to a new generation of area attorneys.

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Is the curtain dropping on state subsidies for moviemakers? (access required)

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North Carolina rebates 25 percent of film production expenses, including a proportional share of employee salaries up to $1 million and fringe benefits, even if the employees don’t pay taxes in North Carolina. But the cost to the state has jumped from $2.4 million in 2010 to $30.3 million in 2011 because for every dollar spent on the program, the state loses 31 cents, according to the Heartland Institute.

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E-filing going nowhere fast (access required)

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The future of an ambitious electronic-filing program that was supposed to modernize North Carolina’s courts seems to be growing grimmer by the year. Hardly any lawyers are filing court documents electronically and there are no plans to expand e-filing beyond the three counties that began testing the system in 2009.

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SBI gets a break, defense lawyers get notice (access required)

When the state Court of Appeals overturned the dismissal of first-degree murder charges against Derrick Allen, it handed a minor victory to North Carolina’s beleaguered SBI crime lab, which had been slippery in the way it presented evidence that might have induced Allen to take a plea bargain.

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Court states the obvious: Get it in writing (access required)

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Long before their quibble over a fee split required the attention of the Court of Appeals, Donny Dunn and Hank Dart had worked well together. After the 2003 explosion at the West Pharmaceutical Plant in Kinston, the two joined forces to represent plaintiffs in the ensuing class action, splitting the fees as agreed in a pre-arranged agreement.

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