The Wake County Superior Court broke new ground recently when it struck down a state law that blocked members of a teacher association from paying their dues through voluntary payroll deductions.Read More »
A trucker may have been watching a texting gadget instead of the road when he caused a horrific crash on the interstate, but that doesn’t give the injured victims grounds to sue the manufacturers of the device. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 2 that the two companies, Geologic Solutions and Xata, could not be held liable for the trucker’s misuse of their product and dismissed the claims against them.
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The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed divided over whether the federal Medicaid Act pre-empts a North Carolina law authorizing the state to recoup as much as one third of any medical malpractice jury award or settlement, regardless of how much of the award was designated for medical expenses.Read More »
Michael C. Tarwater Jr. has joined Charlotte’s Horack Talley as an associate with the litigation and real estate groups. Tarwater is a graduate of the Charlotte School of Law and also has a Master of Business Administration from UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business.
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An Asheville web hosting company that failed to pay bills owed to Internet transit provider nLayer settled claims against it for $108,000, but an attorney for nLayer doubts his client will collect more than the $3,000 paid at the settlement.Read More »
As Congress prepares to debate proposals for new gun regulations in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, North Carolina’s courts continue to review whether the state’s existing gun laws square with recent state and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Most recently, a divided Court of Appeals overturned a Caswell County judge’s ruling that the state’s Felony Firearms Act is unconstitutional, but kept alive one man’s claim that it violates his rights.
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A boilerplate arbitration clause tucked within a title insurance policy couldn’t stop a plaintiff from filing a class-action lawsuit against a national mortgage company and insurer, the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled.Read More »
A decade ago, when the SCRAM bracelet first hit the market, the idea seemed revolutionary — a high-tech tool to battle the chronic problem of alcohol abuse. It kept tabs on abusers and helped them stay sober via an electronic anklet that constantly monitors blood alcohol content.Read More »