The words "successors," "members," and "designees," as used in a Release were at issue in Judge Bledsoe's Opinion last week in TaiDoc Technology Corp. v. OK Biotec Co., 2015 NCBC 71.
Plaintiff TaiDoc had settled a...more
You have most likely walked out of a mediated settlement conference at which the shorthand version of the settlement put to paper by the lawyers and the mediator stated that there would be a later, more detailed agreement. ...more
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.
When you last heard about London Leasing LLC v. Arcus, the Business Court had entered a default in March 2015 against two of the Defendants for what I called their "defiant and obnoxious conduct."
It then seemed like...more
I can't remember the last time that the Business Court granted a motion opposing the designation of a case as a mandatory complex business case. And since the Business Court Modernization Act went into effect in October...more
I had always thought that you need to post a bond in order to obtain an injunction, both in federal and state court. It turns out that I was wrong.
The federal rule seems to require a bond. ...more
The meaning of the word "item" was the definitive factor in the Business Court's decision last week in Gay v. People's Bank, 2015 NCBC 59.
The case was an attempted class action involving claims against the Bank for...more
Were you thinking that the Business Court might, one day, find that a bank owed a fiduciary duty to its customer? That seemed like it might happen eventually, as the NC Supreme Court seemed to hold out that possibility last...more
After a defendant succeeded on a Motion for a More Definite Statement, a plaintiff added more detail to the claims that had been dismissed. The defendant responded to the beefed up allegations with a Motion to Strike....more
The Defendants in last week's decision in DeCristoforo v. Givens, 2015 NCBC 53 were hellbent on getting out from under a settlement they had agreed to at mediation. They offered a host of challenges to the validity of their...more
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
Maybe you have the same nightmare that I do. You have moved to amend your Complaint to add a new defendant. The statute of limitations is about to run, but your motion to amend was made before the end of the limitations...more
There are probably some of you who lie awake at night wondering whether Leagalzoom's offering of do it yourself lawyering products will be found to be the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) in North Carolina....more
I said yesterday that there was too much in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2015 NCBC 47 for just one post, so here are the rest of the key points from the case. They involve two claims you might not want to bother to make in...more
One of the most interesting Business Court decisions of last year was Judge Bledsoe's opinion in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2014 NCBC 50, in which he held that the Plaintiff, which was suing for misappropriation of trade...more
I've never thought very hard about the remedy of specific performance. That means ordering a party to a contract to perform its contractual obligations.
But the ability of the Court to order specific performance was...more
Can you sue an alleged conspirator without suing the other parties to the alleged conspiracy? That was one of the questions addressed by Judge Gale in the decision last week in Loftin v. QA Investments LLC, 2015 NCBC 41....more
If you were unsure whether customer information held by your client -- like customer contact information, sales reports, prices and terms books, sales memos, sales training manuals, commission reports, and vendor information...more
You will all recall the Business Court's disqualification of a law firm from representing its longtime client, in Kingsdown Inc. v. Hinshaw, 2015 NCBC 27. Now there is a second chapter to the disqualification, which came in...more
The Defendant in Allcorn v. Bradley Creek Boatominium, Inc. sought an injunction against the Plaintiffs in the midst of a proxy fight as to their allegedly defamatory statements in connection with the election of the...more
When the North Carolina Legislature "modernized" the Business Court last year, it added a provision to the General Statutes mandating that the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts prepare a report, twice a...more
There are undoubtedly many of the Rules of Civil Procedure that you remember by number. Certainly Rules 12, 56, and 65. But Rule 10(b)? What does that even say?...more
The Business Court on Wednesday disqualified a law firm from representing its longtime corporate client in a lawsuit against the corporation's former CEO and Chairman of its Board of Directors....more
It's probably never a good idea to proceed without a lawyer in any Court, but if you are a non-lawyer and insist on proceeding pro se in the Business Court, don't be defiant and obnoxious. You will not like the result....more
If you asked me to list my favorite torts, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage would be near the bottom of the list.
But that tort was front and center in Judge McGuire's Opinion in KRG New Hill...more