Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP

Dance Your Own Dance

Don’t let the other side control your negotiations. Parties often will structure their negotiations based on their perception of the reasonableness of the offers or demands made by the other parties. Frequently, I hear comments…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Law Firm Marketing

Compensability of Idiopathic Conditions Under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act

A challenging area of defense of workers’ compensation claims in North Carolina is that of pre-existing or idiopathic conditions. The North Carolina Court of Appeals has recognized and adopted the two definitions of…more
| Worker’s Compensation

Mediation- How Much Agreement Do You Really Need?

The goal of mediation is to settle the case, not to reach agreement on all areas of controversy. It is worth noting that the parties can reach a settlement even while remaining steadfast in their disagreement about the…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

NC Court of Appeals Addresses Causation Standard for Workers’ Compensation “Misrepresentation Defense”

As discussed in my previous post, for claims arising on or after June 24, 2011, there is a new misrepresentation defense available to employers facing workers’ compensation claims. An Employer must prove all of the following…more
| Civil Procedure, Worker’s Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Cost Containment for the North Carolina Employer: Effectively Asserting the Misrepresentation Defense

On June 24, 2011, then-Governor Beverly Purdue signed H 709—”Protecting and Putting North Carolina Back to Work Act” into law. As part of this Legislative Reform, North Carolina Employers now have an additional defense…more
| Worker’s Compensation

Mediation: settle your case on your own terms

The number of civil trials throughout the United States continues to decline. Mediation is a significant factor in the decline of the civil jury trial. More businesses and individuals are turning to mediation to resolve…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Any Extra Invitations to Mediation?

At times, the parties to an upcoming mediation seek to waive the requirement of some to attend mediation, when a better question might be, “who else should be invited?”…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Are You A “Professional” Under North Carolina Law: Why You Need To Know

Under the law, the definition of “professional” has broadened significantly over the past several decades as specialization in business and law increase. North Carolina courts have considered many factors in determining whether…more
| Civil Procedure, Professional Malpractice

What Professionals Can Learn from National Championship Coaches' Post-Game Comments

As a proud Carolina graduate, it is somewhat painful to see Duke’s success in another national championship and even more so as I write a post praising Mike Krzyzewski. However, in our daily quest for professionalism,…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

The Rest of the Story: Search for the Truth in Use of Force Cases

The late radio personality Paul Harvey had a famous show called “The Rest of the Story.” Harvey would bait his audience with a cliffhanger story based on sketchy facts, let them reach a conclusion, and then finish it with…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Texas Judge Blocks FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Rule in Four States

The Department of Labor’s same-sex spouse rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act was supposed to go into effect on March 27. At the 11th hour, however, a federal judge in Texas stepped in and preliminarily enjoined…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

March Madness Doesn't Have to Drive Your Workplace Crazy

March Madness is upon us, again, and employers should be taking steps to avoid becoming a casualty of all the hoopla…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law

Are liability waivers that are signed by a parent on behalf of a minor enforceable?

Yes, according to an Order by US District Judge Louise W. Flanagan in Kelly et al v. USA. However, the type of activity that the child is engaged in is critical for this question…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

NC Court of Appeals Sets New Precedent for Employers

Yesterday, in a precedent setting opinion, Gonzalez v. Tidy Maids, Inc. et al., the North Carolina Court of Appeals held that when an employer has accepted a claim for benefits by filing a Form 63 and fails to contest the…more
| Worker’s Compensation

What is Excessive Force? Don’t ask the experts!

We are all very familiar with the recent incidents that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. These two incidents brought to the national spotlight (yet again) the difficult, split-second decision making required by…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury
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