Brooks Pierce

The NC Businesss Court On Non-Solicitation And Non-Inducement Provisions

There is more discussion of non-solicitation clauses and non-inducement clauses in Judge McGuire's opinion last week in Sandhills Home Care,, LLC v. Companion Home Care-Unimed, Inc., 2016 NCBC 59, than I think that I've ever…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

A Few Things To Avoid When Drafting A North Carolina Covenant Not To Compete

The Business Court closely examined a set of restrictive covenants last week in Sandhills Home Care,, LLC v. Companion Home Care-Unimed, Inc., 2016 NCBC 59. This decision collects a number of North Carolina Court of Appeals…more
| Health, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Turns Out the Second Circuit . . . Uh, Heh Heh . . . Tossed Gibson Dunn for a Very Good Reason

So yesterday I wrote about the seemingly wrongheaded decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to strike Gibson Dunn’s appearance from Lynn Tilton’s case in that court. Its apparent issue was that Judge Sack,…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Securities Law

Second Circuit Tosses Gibson Dunn from Lynn Tilton’s Case for Some Reason or Another

You may know about Lynn Tilton’s fight with the SEC, which has accused (link is external) the Patriarch Partners chief of defrauding her investors. The SEC brought its case in administrative court (link is external), which…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Securities Law

Ninth Circuit Says You’re Going to Jail for Visiting That Website without Permission

Zounds, right? But that is arguably what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in Facebook v. Power Ventures, Inc. on July 12th. Let’s get to it…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

"Winding Up" A Law Firm Partnership Doesn't Necessarily Mean Liquidation

You can "wind up" a partnership without having to liquidate all of its assets and terminating its existence. So ruled Judge McGuire last week in Hardin v. Lewis, 2016 NCBC 55. But that may not be true for all partnerships. …more
| Business Organizations

Ninth Circuit Interprets “Without Authorization” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

When we last left David Nosal, he had escaped liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after convincing some of his former colleagues at executive search firm Korn/Ferry to use their log-in credentials to download source…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Taking a Walk Back to a Kinder, Gentler Interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

We don’t usually talk about four-year-old court decisions in the first instance here. But the Ninth Circuit has issued a pair of noteworthy opinions interpreting the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the last few weeks. And to…more
| Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Your "Limited Appearance" in the Business Court May Not Be As Limited As You Think

The attorney for the Plaintiff in Foster Biodevice, LLC v. Cantrell. 2016 NCBC 51 said that he was only making a limited appearance, but the Business Court (through new Business Court Judge Robinson, in his first Opinion for the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

NC Court Of Appeals, Not Sure That It Had Jurisdiction, Dismisses Appeal From Business Court Decision

How does your appeal get dismissed when you've appealed to the "right", "appropriate", or "correct" court? In other words, your appeal was to the Court with jurisdiction over your appeal. It happened in the NC Court of Appeals…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

What Businesses Should Know About the 2016 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2016 "short" session. A number of bills considered by Legislators will impact businesses of all types. Here are some highlights from this year's session…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Elections & Politics, Taxation, Transportation

North Carolina Legislative Update - July 2016

It is a busy week at the General Assembly as legislators are pushing through the final days of the 2016 short session. The legislature is expected to adjourn for the year either late today, July 5, or tomorrow, July 6. The…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Transportation

UAS in the USA: An Overview of the FAA's New Drone Rules

On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced its new rules to govern non-hobbyist small UAS (“sUAS” or “drones”) operations. Gluttons for punishment can read the entire 624-page FAA document here; others can read a summary of the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Fourth Circuit Says Embezzlement Is Not Theft under the Immigration and Nationality Act

Is embezzlement theft? Some people think it is. Even common sense suggests it. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit can’t live in the world of common sense. It lives in a world of statutes that have words,…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Immigration Law

North Carolina Legislative Update

Budget negotiations continued behind closed doors this week, with Speaker Tim Moore and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Senator Phil Berger, working to resolve the final differences between the two chambers’ spending…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation
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