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Oct 25, 2023

Trial starts in deadly dive boat fire

LOS ANGELES — By the time the scuba dive boat sank off the Southern California coast after catching fire, 34 people had been killed in the deadliest maritime disaster in recent U.S. history. The Labor Day tragedy in 2019 spurred changes to maritime regulations, congressional reform and civil lawsuits. Four years later, a federal trial […]

Oct 24, 2023

DOJ broadens investigation of Tesla

DETROIT — Federal prosecutors have expanded investigations into Tesla beyond the electric vehicle maker’s partially automated driving systems, and they have issued subpoenas for information instead of simply requesting it, the company disclosed Monday. In a quarterly report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla said the Department of Justice is looking into “person[...]

Oct 23, 2023

Elon brings law school program to Charlotte

Elon University’s new law school in Charlotte will be a boon for professionals seeking the opportunity to enter the legal field. Dubbed the “Elon Law Flex Program,” the school will offer students the chance to meld their studies with jobs, families and other commitments, offering them the chance to earn a Juris Doctor degree in […]

Oct 20, 2023

50 Most Influential Women Awards celebrates 2023 class

The Mecklenburg Times and North Carolina Lawyers Weekly were proud to celebrate the 50 Most Influential Women Awards class of 2023.

Oct 20, 2023

Powell pleads guilty in Georgia election case

ATLANTA — Lawyer Sidney Powell pleaded guilty to reduced charges Thursday over efforts to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election in Georgia, becoming the second defendant in the sprawling case to reach a deal with prosecutors. Powell, who was charged alongside Trump and 17 others with violating the state’s anti-racketeering law, entered the […]

Oct 20, 2023

4th Circuit joins other courts on attorneys’ fees 

By Nick Hurston  Joining every other circuit to decide the issue, a divided 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled its precedent that preliminary injunctions can’t convey “prevailing party” status to a plaintiff, which precluded awards of attorney’s fees.  A 4th Circuit panel upheld an earlier decision from the Western District of Virginia based […]

Oct 19, 2023

Candidates navigate final challenge to becoming a lawyer

More than 450 candidates recently cleared the last hurdle to starting their legal career – passing the North Carolina Bar exam at its July administration.

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Oct 18, 2023

LEGAL DESERTS: Scarcity of lawyers threatens justice in many rural areas

The Carolinas feature much in the way of habitats and landscapes. There are mountains, flatlands, foothills and oceans. And deserts. These deserts are not barren areas devoid of water and life, but socioeconomically challenged pockets of the states devoid of attorneys and, often, justice.

Oct 17, 2023

Court to decide fate of school shooting records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A lawsuit over whether the families of school shooting victims have a right to control what the public learns about a massacre was argued inside a packed Tennessee courtroom on Monday, the latest turn in an intense public records battle. The person who killed three 9-year-old children and three adults at a […]

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Oct 16, 2023

VIDEO: Different factors draw lawyers to underserved areas

Having grown up in a rural area, Leslie Albritton, the chief of staff for Legal Aid of North Carolina’s office in Greenville, can speak from personal experience about what draws lawyers to work in “legal deserts,” places where legal counsel is hard — or even impossible — to find. In this video, her observations include: […]

Oct 13, 2023

Admiralty court cancels Titanic salvage hearing

NORFOLK, Va. — A federal admiralty court in Virginia has canceled a Friday hearing to discuss a contested expedition to the Titanic after the salvage firm scaled back its dive plans. But a looming court battle over the 2024 mission is not over yet. RMST Titanic Inc. owns the salvage rights to the world’s most […]

Oct 12, 2023

Judge won’t block NM gun limitations

SANTA FE, N.M. — A federal judge cleared the way Wednesday for enforcement of a public health order that suspends the right to carry guns at public parks and playgrounds in New Mexico’s largest metro area. The order from U.S. District Judge David Urias rejects a request from gun rights advocates to block temporary firearms […]

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