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Is There A "Secret Rule" In The NC Business Court Regarding Motions To Compel?

Thinking of filing a Motion to Compel in the NC Business Court? You might want to file it before the close of the discovery period, even though there is no Business Court Rule establishing a deadline for doing so....more

Five Things You Should Know About Discovery Under The New Business Court Rules

There are new Rules for the NC Business Court In effect, as of January 1, 2017. If you have a case in the Business Court, or are expecting to designate a case there, you should look them over. ...more

Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.

I don't draft arbitration provisions in agreements, but if I did I would not draft one like the one in Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc. Not because it turned out to be unenforceable, but because it was found to...more

Two Cases From NC Business Court: Class Action Fees Doubled And Expedited Discovery Denied

Last week (well, two weeks ago, I'm kind of behind) seemed like class action week at the Business Court. Judge Gale issued three rulings in class action cases. ...more

It Can Be A Tough Road For Trade Secrets Plaintiffs In The NC Business Court

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that litigating a trade secrets case in the Business Court can be tough. Last year, the Court barred a plaintiff from engaging in any discovery at all until it identified...more

Trade Secret Plaintiff Avoids Dismissal, Gets Discovery

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

A Valuable Point From The NC Business Court On Subpoenas Without Depositions

Can you send a subpoena duces tecum -- which translated from Latin is "a writ commanding a person to produce in court certain designated documents or evidence " -- without coupling it with a deposition?...more

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

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

Who Doesn't Like Reading About A Ruling On A Motion To Compel?

I probably enjoy reading a ruling on a motion to compel a whole lot more than the judge does in writing it. So of course I enjoyed reading Judge Murphy's Order on a Motion to Compel yesterday in County of Catawba v. Frye...more

Business Court Sanctions Parties For Disobeying Discovery Order

When you think of sanctions, your mind probably goes to Rule 11 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. But what about Rule 37(b)(2)? It says that...more

Fourth Circuit Takes A Narrow View On Recovery Of E-Discovery Costs

You've undoubtedly prevailed in a federal case -- either at summary judgment or after a trial -- and you have probably struggled with what you are entitled to recover as costs under 28 U.S.C. ยง1920. And recently, your client,...more

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