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Case Law Update: Rainey v. City of Charlotte

Rainey v. City of Charlotte (5/17/16) - This case the North Carolina Court of Appeals analyzed N.C. Gen. Stat. §97-58 and the statutory time limit to file an occupational disease. The Court dismissed an injured worker’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Worker’s Compensation

FAA issues long awaited Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations

New Law Goes into Effect August 29, 2016 - After many months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued regulations towards integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, also called Drones) into the national airspace…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Case Law Update: Barnette v. Lowes

Barnette v. Lowes (4/19/16) - In this case, the North Carolina Court of Appeals over ruled a Deputy Commissioner and the Full Commission who had previously denied plaintiff’s claim by finding that no “injury by accident”…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Update: DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the highly anticipated final overtime rule for white collar workers. The rule was promulgated in response to President Obama’s instruction to the DOL in 2014, which…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Claims Management versus Settlement: Cost Containment Strategies for the End of the Claim (Part 10 of 10) | CSH Law NC Workers' Compensation

This final segment in this “Cost Containment Strategies” Blog series addresses strategies for the end of the worker’s compensation claim. The considerations at this point in the claim are typically whether to keep the claim…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Top 12 Do’s and Don’ts from North Carolina Superior Court Trial Judges

I recently attended an all day CLE which featured a Q&A/panel discussion of 5 excellent NC Superior Court trial judges discussing civil litigation in NC. Below are my top 12 take-aways..…more
| Civil Procedure

What lawyers can’t argue in closing arguments

A NC Superior Court judge recently came to our Raleigh office and told us that one of the most common mistakes that he sees attorneys (young and old) make at trial is interjecting personal views into their closing arguments. …more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Can you file a tort action in state court that was previously dismissed in federal court?

In North Carolina the answer appears to be: Yes. The NC Court of Appeals recently decided the case of Fox v. Johnson, a case stemming from claims of malicious prosecution. The claim was initially filed in federal court…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies

US Supreme Court Makes it Easier to Bring Claims Against Police Officers

Last week, in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, the United States Supreme Court changed the law in the 4th Circuit, which includes North Carolina. North Carolina police officers will now work in a world in which it is easier for a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

What Will Employers Likely See (or Not See) in the Wake of the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision?

Now that the hubbub surrounding the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision in the consolidated case of Obergefell v. Hodges has begun to level off, employers are wondering how the decision will impact their workplaces. (In case you…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Utilizing the Misrepresentation Defense: Practical Tips for Employers

Since the 2011 Workers’ Comp Reform, North Carolina employers now have another defense available to assist with considerable savings in workers’ compensation claims management. An employer can plead the affirmative…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Despite State Laws, Marijuana Use is Illegal and Can be Grounds for Discharge

A client in North Carolina recently asked me whether it was lawful to fire an employee for smoking marijuana. “Of course,” I replied. She then added another fact: the employee had been on vacation in Colorado and returned to…more
| Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law

NC Court of Appeals’ first Daubert decision in a civil case: expert allowed to testify as to cause of fatal accident

As I previously posted, in 2011 North Carolina became a Daubert state which raised the bar for the admissibility of expert testimony in NC state courts.  In April of 2015, the NC Court of Appeals issued its first decision…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Brackets in Mediation: A Primer...

If the typical back and forth of negotiations is no longer resulting in positive movement in a mediation, alternative approaches are worth pursuing. One such alternative is the use of brackets. While the concept of…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Employers: Is Your Company Social Putting You at Risk?

The arrival of summer marks the end of another school year and the anticipation of beach vacations, backyard cookouts, and pool parties. This time of year also brings the annual company festival with the boss manning the BBQ…more
| Worker’s Compensation
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