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
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
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
Last week's decision in Atkinson v. Lackey, 2015 NCBC 13 doesn't tell you everything you wanted to know about the North Carolina Securities Act (the "NCSA"), but it comes pretty close.
The lawsuit was brought by three...more
I don't usually write about decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery because it's rare for that Court to even mention North Carolina. But a decision by that Court this week -- in City of Providence v. First Citizens...more
I don't know any lawyers who specialize in winding up corporations, but if any of you are out there, you should read this post.
It is important to remember, when winding up a corporation, that "principals and directors...more
When I was a young pup preparing to go to court against the uncommon adversary who was proceeding without a lawyer, I would joke that "I hope I don't lose." Luckily, I never did....more
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
The best lines in Green v. Freeman, decided last week by the NC Supreme Court, are that "[t]he doctrine of piercing the corporate veil is not a theory of liability. Rather, it provides an avenue to pursue legal claims against...more
Last week's Order in Gusinsky v. Flanders Corp., 2013 NCBC 46, should be required reading for lawyers thinking of suing the directors of a corporation in North Carolina over a merger transaction. It provides guidance on the...more
This week's decision from the Business Court in Maurer v. Maurer, 2013 NCBC 44 is a continuation of the litigation between Jill Maurer and the company owned by her and her husband, which was the subject of three Business...more
A breach of fiduciary duty by the Defendants resulted in a sweeping preliminary injunction in an Order entered by the Business Court last Friday, in Esposito v. Esposito....more
If you are a derivative action plaintiff, and you make a demand on an LLC to take action which is then considered and rejected, may you still pursue your claims? Judge Murphy answered that question, and others relating to...more