unfair trade

What is the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act?

A network of federal, state, and local laws protect consumers against conduct and practices that are considered deceptive, coercive, or otherwise unfair. North Carolina law is no exception: specifically, Chapter 75 of the North Carolina General Statutes prohibits certain practices that are deemed “unfair or deceptive” to consumers of products and services. The primary law…

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civil judgement

Enforcing Your Civil Judgement In North Carolina

Post-Judgement Proceedings In NC Our clients are perennially surprised to learn that winning a judgment is not the end of the story in a civil case. In fact, a judgment is as good as the paper on which it’s written if you cannot collect on it.  In North Carolina, the post-judgment collection process is complex,…

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attorney fees North Carolina

When Can I Recover My Attorneys’ Fees?

Litigation is expensive. Unfortunately, there is no getting around this fact. Attorneys are specialists in a complicated field involving years of education which costs thousands of dollars. They must also pay annual state bar membership dues, malpractice insurance premiums, and comply with continuing education requirements, not to mention the other various costs of running a…

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What You Need To Know About DWI In Wake County

As the world begins to open back up after the recent pandemic, there will inevitably be lots of celebration, getting out, and getting together with friends. Unfortunately, though, this may also result in a corresponding rise in DWI arrests. And while many people assume that they will never be pulled over and charged after enjoying…

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What Does “Bad Faith” Mean In A Contract?

When businesses enter into contracts, they have an implied duty to act honestly, in good faith, and fairly. When they do not, they can be sued for a breach of this duty. Here, we discuss this duty of good faith and fair dealings and bad faith claims in the business context and the insurance context. …

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When Do I Need an Employment Attorney?

The employer-employee relationship is legally complex, subject to numerous local, state, and federal requirements. On the one hand, employment is simply a contractual agreement between a business and its employees. On the other hand, these relationships can feel deeply personal. As such, it is vital that both employers and employees understand their legal rights and…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Primer

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is a litigation alternative that has been rising in popularity. Rather than turning to the court system to resolve a conflict, ADR refers to negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or other non-litigation forms of reaching an agreement for settling disputes. Instead of presenting the facts and arguing a case in front of…

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The Enforceability of Non-Competes in North Carolina

When you start a new job, there is a lot of paperwork to fill out, from employment contracts to W2s, waivers, tax documents, and fact sheets. In some industries, you may also be asked to sign a non-compete agreement, whether contained within your employment contract or by way of a separate document. Buried among the…

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Earnest Money and Due Diligence Money: What is the difference?

If you are in the market to purchase a home, you have probably already started looking into how you will pay for it. Most buyers are prepared to take out a mortgage, but did you know there can be upfront costs before the purchase is even official? North Carolina law allows due diligence money and…

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Can Employees Be Fired for Refusing to Work Due to COVID-related Concerns?

North Carolina employers are committed to keeping people safe. As the State continues to reopen following the peak of the global health pandemic, the longstanding priority of preserving the health and safety of employees and the public alike remains. However, in this constantly changing environment inundated with an overwhelming amount of sometimes contradictory information, it…

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