Brooks Pierce

North Carolina Supreme Court Re-Affirms Classic View of "Blue-Pencil Doctrine" for Non-Competition Agreements

The North Carolina Supreme Court, in a long-awaited decision, reaffirmed the Court's historic view on the "blue-pencil" doctrine in North Carolina as it relates to non-competition agreements. In Beverage Systems Of The…more

Blue Pencil Contract Modification, NC Supreme Court, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants, Reversal

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Ten Things to Know About the 2014 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2014 session. During this “short session,” Legislators focused primarily on adjusting the second year of the State budget enacted last year, but also considered a number of…more

Legislative Agendas, State Taxes, Tax Reform

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Retrench of DOJ’s Equitable Sharing Program Could be Boon to N.C. Schools

“Equitable Sharing” sounds so reasonable. Who could argue with it? Here’s what it is, and what it does: The Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing program allows federal law enforcement agencies to “adopt” seizures of…more

DOJ, Forfeiture, Law Enforcement, Public Schools, Search & Seizure

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Physician Practices Be Alert: You Might Be Violating HIPAA If You Produce Medical Records In Response To State Court Subpoenas

Over the past months, my experiences with physician practices have made me realize that many practices do not understand how HIPAA applies to subpoenas for medical records. More worrisome, I suspect that many practices…more

HIPAA, Medical Records, PHI, Physicians, Subpoenas

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Homecare Worker Compliance Deadline NOT Extended: Risk of Private Suits Remain

On October 6, 2014, the US Department of Labor issued a Notice announcing a “Time-Limited Non-Enforcement Policy” related to the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations affecting domestic service employees. Those new…more

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Second Circuit Denies En Banc Review of Aereo Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied today a petition for review, en banc, of an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the Court that had ruled in favor of Aereo and against broadcasters in a case that…more

Aereo, Broadcasting, Entertainment Industry, Media, Telecommunications

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The Reporter's Privilege: Where Does The Proposed Federal Shield Law Stand And What Impact Would It Have?

The right of journalists to refuse to testify regarding information or sources obtained as part of the news-gathering process, known as the reporter’s privilege, has been recognized by 49 of the 50 states and the District of…more

Journalism, Journalists, Press Shield Laws

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The Best of Intentions: Letters of Intent in the Sale of a Business

The sale of a business often takes several months and generates huge amounts of paperwork. The process culminates in a purchase agreement typically exceeding fifty single-spaced pages full of dense wording…more

Change of Ownership, Confidentiality Agreements, Contract Terms, Indemnification, Letters of Intent

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FCC Fines Cable Operator Following Data Breach Investigation

The FCC has been flexing its muscles in 2015 when it comes to enforcing data security requirements. In April, it reached a $25 million settlement with AT&T Services, Inc. for failing to safeguard customers’ personal…more

AT&T, Communications Act of 1934, Consent Decrees, Cox Communications, Data Breach

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Uncertainty about the time limit for filing a groundwater contamination claim in North Carolina.

What is the latest date upon which a private plaintiff must file a claim for personal injury or property damage based on groundwater contamination in North Carolina? Until recently, the answer to this question appeared to…more

Bodily Injury, Contaminated Properties, Groundwater, Property Damage, Statute of Limitations

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An IP Lawyer Answers the Common Question: "Should I patent this?"

We are often asked “should I get a patent on this?” While there is no simple answer, it helps to understand the patent process, compare it to other ways for protecting inventions, and then weigh the relevant pros and cons. …more

Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Non-Disclosure Agreement, Patent Applications, Patents

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Employer Alert: Proposed Regs Allow More Employees To Be Eligible for Overtime

On July 6, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed new regulations that would significantly raise the salary requirements for executive, administrative, professional, and computer professional employees (“white collar…more

Comment Period, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Non-Exempt Employees

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Big Announcement, Small UAS: FAA Launches Commercial Drone Proceeding

Unless you have been completely disconnected from all media, you are probably already aware that on Sunday, February 15, 2015, the FAA announced the release of its long-awaited rules to govern commercial sUAS (small unmanned…more

Commercial Use, Corporate Counsel, Drones, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NPRM

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What's So Great About an Information Security Policy?

Lawyers and compliance professionals constantly tout the importance of internal information security policies, particularly in light of data privacy problems that are reported almost daily in the media. Admittedly, drafting…more

Chief Compliance Officers, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act

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Ten Things to Know About the 2014 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2014 session. During this “short session,” Legislators focused primarily on adjusting the second year of the State budget enacted last year, but also considered a number of…more

Legislative Agendas, State Taxes, Tax Reform

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The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act’s Tax on Net Investment Income

One of the provisions included in the health care reform legislation enacted in 2010 will subject certain individuals to a 3.8% tax on net investment income (or "unearned income"). The new law is effective in 2013 and imposes a…more

Net Investment Income, New Legislation, Tax Liability, Tax Planning

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DOJ Leak Investigations Raise First Amendment Concerns

Many journalists, constitutional lawyers, and plain old average Americans have expressed alarm at recent revelations about the Obama Administration’s “unprecedented number of leak investigations.”…more

Barack Obama, Conspiracies, DOJ, Espionage Act, First Amendment

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Supreme Court Criminal Law Update

The United States Supreme Court has issued numerous substantive opinions in the past year on topics ranging from withdrawal from a conspiracy to searches and seizures to what constitutes a Fifth Amendment violation. This article…more

Burden of Proof, Conspiracies, Detainment, Ex Post Facto Clause, Fifth Amendment

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Second Circuit Limits Insider Trading Law for Remote Tippees

Matt Levine is a big jerk. He just sits there at Bloomberg following events in finance and securities enforcement, and then writes interesting things about those events really quickly and with insight that no one else has…more

Appeals, Dell, Indictments, Insider Trading, Material Nonpublic Information

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New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor…more

Corporate Counsel, New Legislation, Non-Practicing Entities, Patent Assertion Entities, Patent Trolls

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First Circuit Opens New World of Potential Liability for Video Producers

You may be too young for this to have been a big thing to you, but almost 30 years ago, D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Washington, D.C. went into a tizzy. Coming as it did just a year…more

Adobe, Behavioral Advertising, Cartoon Network, Data Collection, Geolocation

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Website Privacy Policy Updates – Tell Them About It

You may have noticed our law firm’s website recently posted a notice announcing a change to our website’s privacy policy. You may have seen other website publishers do something similar from time to time, as well…more

Data Collection, Facebook, FTC, Google, Privacy Policy

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NC Business Court Refuses To Enjoin Similar British Lawsuit

It's possible to get an NC state court to enjoin a party from pursuing parallel litigation in another American state. But what about enjoining a party before an NC court from pursuing a parallel case in another country?…more

Attorney's Fees, Business Court, Comity, Declaratory Relief, Foreign Jurisdictions

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Homecare Worker Compliance Deadline NOT Extended: Risk of Private Suits Remain

On October 6, 2014, the US Department of Labor issued a Notice announcing a “Time-Limited Non-Enforcement Policy” related to the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations affecting domestic service employees. Those new…more

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How will the March Primary and 2016 Legislative Session impact businesses operating in North Carolina?

Given their potential impact on businesses operating in North Carolina, it’s important to watch the 2016 primary election results and this year’s Legislative session…more

Bonds, Legislative Agendas, Presidential Elections, Primary Elections, State Budgets

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New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor…more

Corporate Counsel, New Legislation, Non-Practicing Entities, Patent Assertion Entities, Patent Trolls

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The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act’s Tax on Net Investment Income

One of the provisions included in the health care reform legislation enacted in 2010 will subject certain individuals to a 3.8% tax on net investment income (or "unearned income"). The new law is effective in 2013 and imposes a…more

Net Investment Income, New Legislation, Tax Liability, Tax Planning

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The Affordable Care Act – It’s Time to Start Counting Hours

The 2010 enactment of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or the “Act”) ushered in an enormous social reform effort aimed at improving the nation’s health care system through a series of mandates, premium subsidies, and taxes…more

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Uncertainty about the time limit for filing a groundwater contamination claim in North Carolina.

What is the latest date upon which a private plaintiff must file a claim for personal injury or property damage based on groundwater contamination in North Carolina? Until recently, the answer to this question appeared to…more

Bodily Injury, Contaminated Properties, Groundwater, Property Damage, Statute of Limitations

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The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act’s Tax on Net Investment Income

One of the provisions included in the health care reform legislation enacted in 2010 will subject certain individuals to a 3.8% tax on net investment income (or "unearned income"). The new law is effective in 2013 and imposes a…more

Net Investment Income, New Legislation, Tax Liability, Tax Planning

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