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Section 75-1.1

Does The Fair Credit Reporting Act Preempt State-Law Claims For Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices?

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In cases that involve claims brought under North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, an often overlooked issue is whether federal law preempts the 75-1.1 claim. In a case of apparent first impression, a...more

How Variations In The Law on Deceptive Conduct Can Affect Litigation Strategy

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North Carolina is not the only jurisdiction with a statute that prohibits deceptive conduct. These statutes, however, are not identical. Today’s post shows how the variations among these statutes can affect litigation...more

Failure To Hold Back Settlement Funds Subject To A Medical Lien Can Expose An Insurer To Treble Damages

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A court’s decision to impose liability for committing an unfair or deceptive trade practice in a particular case may have wide-ranging implications—even when the amount in dispute in the matter itself is relatively...more

The Plaintiff Or Defendant Is Not From North Carolina. Does Section 75-1.1 Apply?

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N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 regulates conduct “in or affecting commerce.” The statute doesn’t expressly differentiate based on type of commerce—intrastate versus interstate. When conduct involves parties both inside and...more

Can Forcing A Company Into Bankruptcy Be An Unfair Or Deceptive Trade Practice? Part 2

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In a recent post, we examined the bankruptcy case of In re American Ambulette & Ambulette Service, Inc.—a case in which a trustee raised a novel theory of liability under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. The bankruptcy trustee...more

An Important New Decision On Substantial Aggravating Circumstances

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North Carolina courts regularly dismiss claims for violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 where the allegations amount to nothing more than a breach of contract. A recent decision by Judge Adam M. Conrad of the North...more

Can Extensive Regulations Bar A Claim For Unfair Trade Practices?

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An alleged violation of N.C.G.S. Section 75-1.1 is a staple of business litigation in North Carolina. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit addresses an important question about the law on...more

How To Win Attorney Fees When Defending An Unfair-Trade-Practices Claim

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A prevailing defendant on a claim for violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 can obtain attorney fees, but the bar is high. The defendant must show that the plaintiff knew or should have known that the action was both...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 2

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In a recent blog post, we discussed a new antitrust decision from the North Carolina Business Court that involves healthcare providers and health insurers. In that post, we examined the significance of that opinion to...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 1

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It is rare that a North Carolina state court hands down a Chapter 75 decision on “pure” antitrust claims. The North Carolina Business Court, however, recently did just that. This new decision, moreover, may have far-reaching...more

Section 75-1.1 Claims and Conduct by Government Employees

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A recent decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals highlights an unusual issue: Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 apply to conduct by a government employee in a claim brought by his employer, a government entity? In...more

Trust but Verify? Liability for Engaging in Transactions with an Identity Thief

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After a data breach, consumers often sue to recover for injuries they suffer, or fear they will suffer, when identity thieves use the stolen data. These suits usually target the company that suffered the data breach. ...more

Further Closing the Narrow Opening for Section 75-1.1 in the Employer-Employee Context

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A recent opinion from the North Carolina Business Court illustrates courts’ continued reluctance to allow section 75-1.1 claims in the context of an employer-employee relationship. Judge James L. Gale recently dismissed a...more

An Important New Decision on Whether Section 75-1.1 Applies to Multistate Conduct

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Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued a meaty decision about N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. The decision, in a case called SmithKline Beecham Corp. d/b/a GlaxoSmithKline v. Abbott...more

Can a Lender’s Failure to Provide a Promised Refinancing be an Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practice?

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When a borrower asserts an alleged violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 against a lender, the claim often presents a familiar fact pattern. Frequently, the borrower alleges that the lender promised to refinance or modify the...more

Can Extensive Regulations Bar a Claim for Unfair Trade Practices?

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In the fall of 2015, we wrote about a case between two sports agents. The suit concerned the decision by Robert Quinn, a former football standout at the University of North Carolina, to switch agents. The U.S. District...more

Can A Company Violate Chapter 75 Simply By Investigating Potential Trademark Infringement?

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When a company investigates potential trademark infringement, what tactics can the company use without the investigation running afoul of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act? The Fourth Circuit...more

The Economic-Loss Rule: Conflicting Signals

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As we have discussed before, courts in North Carolina have not agreed on how the economic-loss rule applies, if at all, to claims under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. Two recent decisions by the North Carolina Court of...more

The Year in Review

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As 2016 comes to a close, we again thank you, our readers, for your continued interest, support, and ideas. Decisions from the past year have confirmed the powerful role that N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 plays in North Carolina...more

Can a Lender Sue a Borrower for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices?

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In most lending-related cases under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1, a borrower sues a lender. Borrowers often pursue these claims to resist their repayment obligations or to seek leverage against foreclosure. Makadia v....more

Choice of Law in Unfair-Trade-Practices Cases

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Can a contractual choice of law disable N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1? Yes, according to a recent decision from a federal court in New York. In Canon U.S.A., Inc. v. Cavin’s Business Solutions, Inc., a business filed a 75-1.1...more

Preemption by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet: The Exemption for “Pervasive and Intricate Regulation” by Another Field of Law

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Courts often opine on the relationship between N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 and other bodies of law. In a recent case, a federal court announced a rare holding of that type: a holding that another body of law regulates an area so...more

Can Forcing a Company into Bankruptcy be an Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practice?

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Can a bankruptcy trustee prove a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 based on business strategies that forced a debtor into bankruptcy? The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina recently...more

Practical Guidance for Framing an Unfair-Trade-Practices Claim

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A recent decision from a North Carolina federal court underscores the importance of how a plaintiff frames an alleged violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. In Hongda Chemical USA, LLC v. Shangyu Sunfit Chemical Co.,...more

Crash into Me? Not If You Want to Sue Me for Unfair Trade Practices

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Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 allow a lawsuit by a remote user of a product—a user who had no involvement in buying the product? A federal court in North Carolina recently answered no. An unusual fact pattern for a...more

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