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Business Court Awards Rule 11 Sanctions For Baseless Fiduciary Duty Claim

It is probably a good idea for a corporation to avoid making fiduciary duty claims against its employees (unless they are also officers and directors). Clients (or their lawyers) who insist on making such claims are liable...more

8/20/2015 - Attorney's Fees Business Court Division Fiduciary Duty Rule 11 Sanctions

Be Very Careful If You Are Instructing Your Clients Not To Answer Questions At A Deposition

In an (unpublished) Order last week in Griggs v. Bittersweet Farms, LLC, Judge McGuire ruled that Plaintiffs' counsel's instruction to his client not to answer certain deposition questions was improper. He granted a Motion...more

8/4/2015 - Attorney's Fees Business Court Defense Strategies Depositions Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Motion to Compel Protective Orders

When You Wish Upon A (Lode)Star: NC Business Court Cuts Fees Requested By Attorneys For Class Plaintiffs

The Business Court last week knocked down a fee request of Plaintiffs' class action counsel to $500,000, from the $660,000 requested, in an Order in Nakatsukasa v. Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2015 NCBC 68. The...more

7/9/2015 - Attorney's Fees Business Court Division Class Action Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Shareholder Litigation

Two Cases: Mixed Success In Getting Fees Awarded In The NC Business Court

There's nothing better than winning a case or a motion in Court and to then follow that up with an award of attorneys' fees. On that subject, two rulings in the Business Court last week addressed the award of attorneys'...more

6/1/2015 - Attorney's Fees Corporate Records Fees Inspection Rights Trade Secrets Voluntary Dismissals

The NC Business Court Rules On Recovering Attorneys' Fees In A Derivative Action Against An LLC

In this week's opinion in Ekren v. K&E Real Estate Investments, 2014 NCBC 56, Judge Bledsoe outlined how a derivative action plaintiff can recover attorneys' fees....more

11/17/2014 - Attorney's Fees Derivative Suit Limited Liability Companies Real Estate Holding Companies

Business Court Resolves A Trio Of Discovery Issues

Three interesting discovery issues were resolved last week by Judge Bledsoe's Order in Gay v. Peoples Bank. First, can you obtain in discovery in a class action the fee arrangement between the plaintiff and his lawyers? ...more

9/23/2014 - Attorney's Fees Class Action Depositions Discovery Fee Agreements Protective Orders Witnesses Young Lawyers

You Win Some, You Lose Some: How Should A Request For Attorneys' Fees Be Ruled Upon?

Let's say that you've tried a case, you have lost on a few of your claims, but you won a couple of claims and have gotten a judgment for damages against the defendant for $25,000. You've billed your client $1,162,895 for...more

9/9/2014 - Attorney's Fees

A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008, I was...more

4/10/2014 - Attorney's Fees Business Litigation Class Action Corporate Counsel Mergers Settlement Wachovia Wells Fargo

Never Give Up? Never Surrender? Probably Bad Advice In The Business Court

Section 6-21.5 of the North Carolina General Statutes is the closest thing the State has to "loser pays." It allows for the award of attorneys' fees to a prevailing party "if the court finds that there was a complete absence...more

1/24/2014 - Attorney's Fees Breach of Duty Fiduciary Duty

North Carolina COA Refuses To Award Attorneys' Fees Based On "New York Rates"

There's enough of interest in the North Carolina Court of Appeals' decision this week in GE Betz, Inc. v. Conrad for five posts. It's got a couple of good rulings on covenants not to compete, a few points about trade secrets...more

12/5/2013 - Attorney's Fees Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

You Can't Appeal That! Or Can You?

You may remember the case of Out of the Box Developers, LLC v. Logicbit Corp. It has spawned a couple of interesting discovery decisions. One was on subpoenas to third parties, another involved nearly $40,000 in sanctions for...more

11/5/2013 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Discovery Interlocutory Appeals Sanctions Subpoenas Third-Party

When Law Firms Dissolve: Dividing Up The Proceeds From Contingent Fee Cases

The Court of Appeals in February 2011 ordered Judge Jolly to dissolve Mitchell, Brewer, Richardson, Adams, Burge & Boughman, a law firm organized as a member-managed professional limited liability company. The dissolution was...more

3/11/2013 - Attorney's Fees Contingency Fees Corporate Dissolution LLC

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