Someday, you’ll have an issue under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 that needs in-depth research—perhaps comparisons to similar bodies of law in other jurisdictions. Diving straight into the hundreds of court decisions under section 75-1.1 and similar statutes might cause you to drown. What treatises would help you?
The most specifically helpful treatise is likely to be Noel Allen’s treatise on section 75-1.1, North Carolina Unfair Business Practice (3d ed. 2014). Noel’s treatise collects and analyzes most of the key case law under section 75-1.1. It also discusses the relationship between section 75-1.1 and several other bodies of law.
For research beyond North Carolina, though, you’ll want to turn to one of the nationwide treatises that discuss the law of unfair and deceptive acts and practices (UDAP). Here are the nationwide treatises that I often use in my research, with notes on each:
When I perform research beyond North Carolina, I also sometimes consult state-specific UDAP treatises from other states. Two of the best state-specific treatises cover Massachusetts and Connecticut—two of the states with the most extensive UDAP case law.
In a future post, I’ll discuss articles that will help you with your 75-1.1 research. In the meantime, don’t worry if using these treatises makes you feel a bit old-school. Better that than drowning in a sea of cases.