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Crouch named new exec director of NCAJ (access required)

The North Carolina Advocates for Justice has named Kim Crouch, currently the director of governmental affairs for the North Carolina Bar Association, as its new executive director, the NCAJ announced March 22. Crouch succeeds Dick Taylor, who has led the ...

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NCAJ’s new president deals with budget storm (access required)

Shelby criminal defense lawyer David R. Teddy takes the helm of the N.C. Advocates for Justice at a tumultuous time. The legislature seems intent on cutting money that legal civil aid groups need to survive, court costs keep increasing and the state’s Indigent Defense Services is about to roll out a controversial new payment system for court-appointed lawyers.

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Med-mal bill would cap damages, increase threshold for ER claims (access required)

The state's legal landscape for medical-malpractice lawsuits would undergo a seismic shift and North Carolina would join 28 other states with caps on damages if a bill introduced last week becomes law. The bill, S. 33, is now being debated in the Senate's Judiciary I Committee. At a packed hearing before the committee Thursday, it attracted the attention not only of attorneys and doctors, but also such diverse entities as the AARP and the N.C. Chamber of Commerce. The bill would limit noneconomic damages in medical-malpractice cases to $250,000. It would also require a showing of gross negligence by clear and convincing evidence if the claim involved emergency care, and allow separate trials for liability and damages if either party asks for it.

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