Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P.

150 Fayetteville Street Suite 2300
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, United States

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Surcharges and Checkout Fees: Navigating the Mine Field

In November 2012, Visa and MasterCard agreed to alter their credit card surcharging rules as part of a settlement related to the class action case In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation…more

Class Action, Credit Cards, MasterCard, Service Charges, Settlement

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U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Airline Immunity for TSA Reports of Suspicious Behavior

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper (Jan. 27, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that airlines are entitled to civil immunity for reporting suspicious behavior to the TSA, provided their reports are not “materially…more

Air Wisconsin v. Hoeper, Airlines, ATSA, SCOTUS, Transportation Security Administration

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Significant Legislation Affecting Business Passed by General Assembly

At the end of last week, the North Carolina General Assembly passed significant legislation affecting the State’s business legal climate. With large bipartisan majorities, the Legislature adopted Senate Bill 853 (SB 853), which…more

Board of Directors, Business Court Division, Derivative Suit, Financing, Forum Selection Clause

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N.C. Supreme Court Poised to Decide Value of Long-Term Express Warranties on Construction Projects

Is a twenty-year product or construction warranty really good for twenty years? The North Carolina Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments in the case of Christie v. Hartley Construction, Inc. and the outcome will be important…more

Construction Contracts, Contractors, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Warranties

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Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds North Carolina "Exclusive Forum" Bylaw

In a closely-watched case with implications for corporations across the nation, Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion enforcing a forum-selection bylaw that requires intra-corporate…more

Bylaws, Exclusive Forum, Forum, Forum Selection Clause

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Update: Massachusetts Lawmakers Decline to Change Noncompete Law, but Governor Presses On

As an update to the previous article, Massachusetts May Go Boldly...Where Only California and North Dakota Have Gone Before, Massachusetts state legislators dropped proposed restrictions on the enforcement of post-employment…more

Employer Liability Issues, Former Employee, Non-Compete Agreements, Proposed Legislation, Restrictive Covenants

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Elective Share Changes May Require Estate Planning Updates

Effective October 1, 2013, the elective share rules for persons who die domiciled in North Carolina have been simplified, but for many married couples the simplification will mean a substantial change in the property rights of a…more

Estate Planning, Marriage, Spousal Elective Share, Surviving Spouse

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OSHA Initiative Directs Untimely Whistleblowers To NLRB

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently has entered into a referral agreement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under which it will direct workers wanting to pursue time-barred retaliation claims…more

Employee Rights, NLRB, NRLA, OSHA, Whistleblower Protection Policies

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Anatomy of an Independent Primary Care ACO – Part II

Our Secret Weapon and Our Biggest Disappointment - In our last column, we highlighted the Rio Grande Valley Health Alliance, an accountable care organization in McAllen, Tex., composed of 14 independent primary care…more

ACOs, Cost-Containment, Healthcare, Physicians, Quality of Care Standards

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Flawed, but Fair: Updated Guidance for Boards and Investors

A recent Delaware decision, in re Trados Incorporated Shareholder Litigation, underscores a director’s responsibilities in “underwater” venture deals. In a 114-page opinion by Vice Chancellor Laster, the court reviewed the sale…more

Board of Directors, Common Stock, Investors, Liquidation, Stocks

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Guidance Provides Path Forward for Accredited Investor Verification

As mandated by Congress in Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, in July 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, creating a new…more

Accredited Investors, Amended Regulation, C&DIs, General Solicitation, Registration

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Can the Judge Rewrite Your Non-Compete?

North Carolina has long followed the “strict blue-pencil doctrine,” meaning that the court has two options when faced with an overly broad non-competition agreement: - Strike the unreasonable portion of the non-compete if it…more

Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants

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JOBS Act Update: SEC Proposes New Rules to Update Regulation A Offerings

In mid-December, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose rules updating the framework to the existing Regulation A offering. The rules would implement new Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as…more

JOBS Act, Regulation A, Reporting Requirements, SEC, Securities Act of 1933

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FTC Announces New HSR Reporting Thresholds for 2014

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the…more

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Pre-Merger Filing Requirements

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Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds North Carolina "Exclusive Forum" Bylaw

In a closely-watched case with implications for corporations across the nation, Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion enforcing a forum-selection bylaw that requires intra-corporate…more

Bylaws, Exclusive Forum, Forum, Forum Selection Clause

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Delaware Court Finds That a Reverse Triangular Merger Does Not Result in an Assignment by Operation of Law

In Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GMBH the Delaware Court of Chancery confirmed that a reverse triangular merger did not result in an assignment by operation of law. This affirms the traditional view often…more

Assignments, Reverse Triangular Mergers

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eTrends - Reminder: New Withholding Allowance Certificate is Required for Wage Payments Made On or After January 1, 2014

As a result of changes in North Carolina’s state income tax law, employees must complete a new Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, Form NC-4 or Form NC-4EZ, so that employers can withhold the correct amount of North…more

Income Taxes, Tax Credits, Tax Deductions, Wages, Withholding Allowances

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FTC Announces New HSR Reporting Thresholds for 2014

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the…more

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Pre-Merger Filing Requirements

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Members of Nonprofit Corporations Can Bring Derivative Actions – But They May Have to Pay a Price

A recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals serves as a reminder to North Carolina nonprofit corporations that their members can bring derivative actions on behalf of the nonprofit. But, if such actions are brought…more

Attorney's Fees, Derivative Suit, Non-Profits

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JOBS Act Update: SEC Proposes New Rules to Update Regulation A Offerings

In mid-December, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose rules updating the framework to the existing Regulation A offering. The rules would implement new Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as…more

JOBS Act, Regulation A, Reporting Requirements, SEC, Securities Act of 1933

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Fourth Circuit Clarifies the Role of the District Court in a Trademark Civil Action Following a Proceeding Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

On January 7, 2014, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified that a district court must take a fresh look at all of the evidence – including evidence previously submitted to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) – in…more

Trademark Litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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Does your CGL Policy Include Cybersecurity Coverage?

As implied by the name, the commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy provides businesses with coverage for a wide array of claims by third parties, including claims for damage to “tangible property” and claims arising…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Popular

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Update: Massachusetts Lawmakers Decline to Change Noncompete Law, but Governor Presses On

As an update to the previous article, Massachusetts May Go Boldly...Where Only California and North Dakota Have Gone Before, Massachusetts state legislators dropped proposed restrictions on the enforcement of post-employment…more

Employer Liability Issues, Former Employee, Non-Compete Agreements, Proposed Legislation, Restrictive Covenants

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Is Your Teaming Agreement Enforceable?

Teammates who pursue a federal contract should agree up front and in detail regarding their respective obligations if the contract is awarded. Only agreeing to negotiate specific terms after an agency award is unlikely to…more

Federal Acquisition Regulations, Teaming Agreements

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Affordable Care Act Confusion: Health Care Exchange Notice Due but No Penalty for Noncompliance

The Affordable Care Act and subsequent guidance require all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide notice of health care coverage options available through a health care exchange to all current employees no…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, DOL, FLSA, Health Insurance Exchanges

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ADA: Temporary Medical Condition May Be a Disability

A recent decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an impairment or injury is not excluded as a disability simply because it is temporary. In deciding Summers v…more

ADA, ADAAA, Bodily Injury, Disability, EEOC

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Does your CGL Policy Include Cybersecurity Coverage?

As implied by the name, the commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy provides businesses with coverage for a wide array of claims by third parties, including claims for damage to “tangible property” and claims arising…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Popular

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Guidance Provides Path Forward for Accredited Investor Verification

As mandated by Congress in Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, in July 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, creating a new…more

Accredited Investors, Amended Regulation, C&DIs, General Solicitation, Registration

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ISS Corporate Governance Measurement: New for 2014

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has announced details concerning the newest version of its corporate governance measurement system, QuickScore 2.0, which is launching just one year after its predecessor, the…more

Corporate Governance, ISS, QuickScore

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ADA: Temporary Medical Condition May Be a Disability

A recent decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an impairment or injury is not excluded as a disability simply because it is temporary. In deciding Summers v…more

ADA, ADAAA, Bodily Injury, Disability, EEOC

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JOBS Act Update: SEC Proposes New Rules to Update Regulation A Offerings

In mid-December, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose rules updating the framework to the existing Regulation A offering. The rules would implement new Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as…more

JOBS Act, Regulation A, Reporting Requirements, SEC, Securities Act of 1933

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OFCCP Revised VEVRAA and 503 Regulations: Part I - Compliance Timeline, Narrative Obligations and Outreach Requirements

In this Presentation: - Part I-Compliance Timeline, Narrative Obligations and Outreach Requirements - Subpart A - Preliminary Matters - Subpart A - EO clause changes - Subpart C - Major…more

Affirmative Action, Compliance, Disability, Federal Contractors, OFCCP

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eTrends – Fourth Circuit Adopts Negligence Standard for Third-Party Harassment Claims

When is an employer liable for workplace harassment of its employees by a customer, vendor or other third-party? In Freeman v. Dal-Tile Corp., decided on April 29, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit…more

Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Negligence, Third-Party Harassment

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Changes to North Carolina Lien and Bond Law – What You Need to Know

A number of significant changes to North Carolina’s lien and bond statutes were just signed into law. In part, these changes are in reaction to concerns from the title insurance industry about so-called “hidden” liens, the risk…more

Bonds, Construction Liens, Contractors, Liens, Notice Requirements

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Raleigh to Rezone 34,000 Parcels: Watch for Your Postcard

Effective September 1, 2013, the City of Raleigh adopted comprehensive new zoning and land development regulations referred to as the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Although the UDO retains the City’s preexisting R-4, R-6…more

Economic Development, Urban Planning & Development

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ISS Corporate Governance Measurement: New for 2014

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has announced details concerning the newest version of its corporate governance measurement system, QuickScore 2.0, which is launching just one year after its predecessor, the…more

Corporate Governance, ISS, QuickScore

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Raleigh to Rezone 34,000 Parcels: Watch for Your Postcard

Effective September 1, 2013, the City of Raleigh adopted comprehensive new zoning and land development regulations referred to as the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Although the UDO retains the City’s preexisting R-4, R-6…more

Economic Development, Urban Planning & Development

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JOBS Act Update: SEC Proposes New Rules to Update Regulation A Offerings

In mid-December, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose rules updating the framework to the existing Regulation A offering. The rules would implement new Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as…more

JOBS Act, Regulation A, Reporting Requirements, SEC, Securities Act of 1933

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Affordable Care Act Confusion: Health Care Exchange Notice Due but No Penalty for Noncompliance

The Affordable Care Act and subsequent guidance require all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide notice of health care coverage options available through a health care exchange to all current employees no…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, DOL, FLSA, Health Insurance Exchanges

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FTC Announces New HSR Reporting Thresholds for 2014

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the…more

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Pre-Merger Filing Requirements

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N.C. Supreme Court Poised to Decide Value of Long-Term Express Warranties on Construction Projects

Is a twenty-year product or construction warranty really good for twenty years? The North Carolina Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments in the case of Christie v. Hartley Construction, Inc. and the outcome will be important…more

Construction Contracts, Contractors, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Warranties

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Federal Court Report - Fourth Circuit Applies “Nerve Center” Test for Diversity Jurisdiction

On January 7, 2014, the Fourth Circuit applied the “nerve center” test for determining a corporation’s principal place of business for diversity jurisdiction. The Supreme Court recently adopted the nerve center test in Hertz…more

Diversity Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction, Principal Place of Business

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Does your CGL Policy Include Cybersecurity Coverage?

As implied by the name, the commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy provides businesses with coverage for a wide array of claims by third parties, including claims for damage to “tangible property” and claims arising…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Popular

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Significant Legislation Affecting Business Passed by General Assembly

At the end of last week, the North Carolina General Assembly passed significant legislation affecting the State’s business legal climate. With large bipartisan majorities, the Legislature adopted Senate Bill 853 (SB 853), which…more

Board of Directors, Business Court Division, Derivative Suit, Financing, Forum Selection Clause

See All Updates »

Elective Share Changes May Require Estate Planning Updates

Effective October 1, 2013, the elective share rules for persons who die domiciled in North Carolina have been simplified, but for many married couples the simplification will mean a substantial change in the property rights of a…more

Estate Planning, Marriage, Spousal Elective Share, Surviving Spouse

See All Updates »

Fourth Circuit Clarifies the Role of the District Court in a Trademark Civil Action Following a Proceeding Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

On January 7, 2014, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified that a district court must take a fresh look at all of the evidence – including evidence previously submitted to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) – in…more

Trademark Litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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OSHA Initiative Directs Untimely Whistleblowers To NLRB

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently has entered into a referral agreement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under which it will direct workers wanting to pursue time-barred retaliation claims…more

Employee Rights, NLRB, NRLA, OSHA, Whistleblower Protection Policies

See All Updates »

ADA: Temporary Medical Condition May Be a Disability

A recent decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an impairment or injury is not excluded as a disability simply because it is temporary. In deciding Summers v…more

ADA, ADAAA, Bodily Injury, Disability, EEOC

See All Updates »

Raleigh to Rezone 34,000 Parcels: Watch for Your Postcard

Effective September 1, 2013, the City of Raleigh adopted comprehensive new zoning and land development regulations referred to as the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Although the UDO retains the City’s preexisting R-4, R-6…more

Economic Development, Urban Planning & Development

See All Updates »

Raleigh to Rezone 34,000 Parcels: Watch for Your Postcard

Effective September 1, 2013, the City of Raleigh adopted comprehensive new zoning and land development regulations referred to as the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Although the UDO retains the City’s preexisting R-4, R-6…more

Economic Development, Urban Planning & Development

See All Updates »

U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Airline Immunity for TSA Reports of Suspicious Behavior

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper (Jan. 27, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that airlines are entitled to civil immunity for reporting suspicious behavior to the TSA, provided their reports are not “materially…more

Air Wisconsin v. Hoeper, Airlines, ATSA, SCOTUS, Transportation Security Administration

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Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds North Carolina "Exclusive Forum" Bylaw

In a closely-watched case with implications for corporations across the nation, Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion enforcing a forum-selection bylaw that requires intra-corporate…more

Bylaws, Exclusive Forum, Forum, Forum Selection Clause

See All Updates »

Elective Share Changes May Require Estate Planning Updates

Effective October 1, 2013, the elective share rules for persons who die domiciled in North Carolina have been simplified, but for many married couples the simplification will mean a substantial change in the property rights of a…more

Estate Planning, Marriage, Spousal Elective Share, Surviving Spouse

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SEC Commissioner Gives Corporate Boards a Cybersecurity Wake-up Call

“Given the significant cyber-attacks that are occurring with disturbing frequency, and the mounting evidence that companies of all shapes and sizes are increasingly under a constant threat of potentially disastrous…more

Corporate Counsel, Popular

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Private Company M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Registration

The SEC has granted relief to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) advisory firms to allow them to facilitate private company M&A transactions and receive transaction-based fees without registering as broker-dealers. It has long been…more

Brokers, No-Action Letters, Registration, SEC

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Private Company M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Registration

The SEC has granted relief to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) advisory firms to allow them to facilitate private company M&A transactions and receive transaction-based fees without registering as broker-dealers. It has long been…more

Brokers, No-Action Letters, Registration, SEC

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eTrends – Fourth Circuit Adopts Negligence Standard for Third-Party Harassment Claims

When is an employer liable for workplace harassment of its employees by a customer, vendor or other third-party? In Freeman v. Dal-Tile Corp., decided on April 29, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit…more

Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Negligence, Third-Party Harassment

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A Checklist for Entering Shared Savings Contracts: Practical Considerations

It’s no secret that payment for health care services is moving away from a fee-for-service world that rewards volume towards new value-based models that encourage higher quality and more efficient care. Perhaps no value-based…more

CMS, Fee-for-Service, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Medicare

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Does your CGL Policy Include Cybersecurity Coverage?

As implied by the name, the commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy provides businesses with coverage for a wide array of claims by third parties, including claims for damage to “tangible property” and claims arising…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Popular

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SEC Commissioner Gives Corporate Boards a Cybersecurity Wake-up Call

“Given the significant cyber-attacks that are occurring with disturbing frequency, and the mounting evidence that companies of all shapes and sizes are increasingly under a constant threat of potentially disastrous…more

Corporate Counsel, Popular

See All Updates »

Elective Share Changes May Require Estate Planning Updates

Effective October 1, 2013, the elective share rules for persons who die domiciled in North Carolina have been simplified, but for many married couples the simplification will mean a substantial change in the property rights of a…more

Estate Planning, Marriage, Spousal Elective Share, Surviving Spouse

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The SEC's Proposed Pay Ratio Rule: What it Could Mean for Your Upcoming Filings

Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) mandates the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Item 402) to require certain companies to…more

Annual Filings, Annual Reports, CEOs, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank

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Federal Contracts When Selling a Business

When selling a business, the owner must balance deal certainty, tax consequences, speed, regulatory clearances, third party consents and liability allocation…more

Assignments, Contractors, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Novation

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Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds North Carolina "Exclusive Forum" Bylaw

In a closely-watched case with implications for corporations across the nation, Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion enforcing a forum-selection bylaw that requires intra-corporate…more

Bylaws, Exclusive Forum, Forum, Forum Selection Clause

See All Updates »

Affordable Care Act Confusion: Health Care Exchange Notice Due but No Penalty for Noncompliance

The Affordable Care Act and subsequent guidance require all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide notice of health care coverage options available through a health care exchange to all current employees no…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, DOL, FLSA, Health Insurance Exchanges

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Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Military Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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