Counterclaims and Crossclaims: An Overview

If you have been served with a civil lawsuit, you are now the defendant in a case. You will have to answer the complaint, but did you know that you have more options than simply defending yourself? You may also have the option to bring a counterclaim or a crossclaim against the plaintiff or other…

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Does My Great Idea Qualify For Patent Protection?

It’s easy enough to come up with a great idea. But, what next? After you come up with that novel idea for a product, system, or business, you may wonder what steps you should take to protect your intellectual property. A patent is one tool you can use to protect your idea from being stolen.…

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Best Practices For Navigating A Remote Hearing

With the progress in technology and internet connections over the past few years, and the acceleration due to the pandemic, we have seen a large shift from in-person only to mostly remote hearings in civil cases. For the past year, civil courts in North Carolina have been conducting hearings and other court proceedings remotely. Here,…

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When Can I File A Case In North Carolina Business Court?

Business matters are often complex and highly technical. The litigation of these matters may be handled best in the North Carolina Business Court where judges often have specialized knowledge, experience, and a unique understanding of the complicated nature of business. However, not every case involving a business dispute is appropriate for Business Court. There are…

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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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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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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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