The Business Court dismissed a legal malpractice claim
right before Thanksgiving last week in Inland
American Winston Hotels ,
Inc. v. Winston , 2010 NCBC 19 . Judge Tennille
found Plaintiff's expert, a Duke Law School professor, to be incompetent
to testify to the Defendant lawyer's alleged...
The Business Court dismissed a legal malpractice claim right before Thanksgiving last week in Inland American Winston Hotels, Inc. v. Winston , 2010 NCBC 19 . Judge Tennille found Plaintiff's expert, a Duke Law School professor, to be incompetent to testify to the Defendant lawyer's alleged breach...
I have been puzzling for the last three days on what to
write about the Business Court's first opinion of the year, in Technocomm Business Systems, Inc. v. North Carolina Department
of Revenue , 2011 NCBC 1. It involves an opinion about the sales
and use tax and whether the taxpayer (Technocomm)...
The Business Court spanked the Department of
Revenue again last week, just after a ruling two weeks ago when it said in another
case that the DOR's position was "harsh, and potentially fatal. . .
." This time, in Delhaize
America, Inc. v. Lay , 2011 NCBC 2, Judge Tennille ruled that the...
The Court of Appeals on Tuesday of last week, in Speedway
Motorsports Int'l Ltd. v. Bronwen Energy Trading, Ltd., [ lexis.com
subscribers may access the enhanced version of this opinion ] unwound a
year old decision by the Business Court . In that decision, Judge Diaz had
ruled that a Defendant...
The Business Court yesterday sifted through cross motions
for summary judgment brought by the seller and buyer of a business selling
"power protection devices used primarily to control power surges and to
provide power filtration in high volume office equipment." The case
turned on the...
The June 8th opinion from Business Court Judge Judge Gale
Cartage, Inc. v. Stonewall Packaging, LLC , 2011 NCBC 15, dismissed the
Plaintiff's complaint, finding its allegations that an alleged partner should
be liable for the partnership debts, or otherwise liable on a veil piercing
Yesterday, Judge Gale entered summary judgment against a
North Carolina lawyer who claimed he was entitled to a greater share of a $3
million fee award to a group of plaintiffs' counsel in a series of settled
class actions. The opinion was in the case brought by the lawyer seeking
Standing to Object to Subpoenas to Non-Party Banks
In Deyton v. Estate of Kenneth C. Waters, Jr. , 2011 NCBC 34, Judge Gale ruled that a party to a lawsuit lacked standing to object to a subpoena sent by the opposing party to a non-party bank. The Judge observed that "as a general proposition...
For the second time in a space of two weeks, the North
Carolina Business Court granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against an
LLC member/manager as a result of breaches of fiduciary duty. The first
case was GoRhinoGo, LLC v. Lewis , which I blogged
about last week, and the second case,...
Have you ever filed a reply to a counterclaim where your
reply was 89 pages long and to which you attached more than 200 pages of
exhibits? I think you probably haven't, but the Plaintiff in the Business
Court case Fountain v. Fountain Powerboats, Inc . did. When the
Defendant made a Motion to...
You probably know that there is a fight afoot between the
North Carolina State Bar and the do-it-yourself vendor of legal documents,
LegalZoom. The simmering dispute has been covered in the Wall
Street Journal , the ABA
Journal , and the case is now in the Business Court over Legalzooom's
Judges don't like to do in camera reviews of
documents. Part of the reason is the quantity of documents
involved. There was an Order from Judge Tennille a couple of years ago in
which the Judge chastised the parties for submitting notebooks filled with
repetitive paper copies of emails which...
NC Court of Appeals said earlier this month in Browne
v. Thompson that the decisions of the Business Court have "no
precedential value." Being a big fan of the Business Court, that
rankled me. And being the author of a blog which focuses on the Business Court,
it caused me to question...
There's invariably a fight between lawyers over the division of a fee when a lawyer who left the firm generates a fee at his new firm from a preexisting contingent fee relationship. There's at least one case of that type in the Business Court ( Mitchell, Brewer, Richards, Adams, Burge & Boughman...
The NC Court of Appeals said earlier this month in Browne v. Thompson [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] that the decisions of the Business Court have "no precedential value." Being a big fan of the Business Court, that rankled me. And being the author of a blog which focuses...
In a classic understatement, Judge Gale said in a North Carolina Business Court opinion last Thursday that " North Carolina case law addressing problems inherent in electronic discovery. . .is not yet well developed ." Op. ¶50. But in Blythe v. Bell , 2012 NCBC 42 [ enhanced version available...
When you think of sanctions, your mind probably
goes to Rule 11 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. But what about Rule
37(b)(2)? It says that:
if a party . . . fails to obey an order to provide or
permit discovery, . . . a judge of the court in which the action is
pending may make such orders in...
The Fourth Circuit doesn't get into matters of LLC law
very often, but it did last week in Painter's
Mill Grille, LLC v. Brown [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com
subscribers ]. The LLC and its members were suing their landlord for
discriminating against them on...
There aren't any great business law proclamations in Allran v. Branch Banking & Trust Corp ., 2013 NCBC 41 [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], decided late last week, but there a couple of procedural points that might help you avoid having summary judgment...
You may remember the case of Out of the Box Developers, LLC v. Logicbit Corp . It has spawned a couple of interesting discovery decisions. One was on subpoenas to third parties , another involved nearly $40,000 in sanctions for attorneys' fees against two of the Defendants for failing to comply with...
The best lines in Green v. Freeman , decided last week by the NC Supreme Court, are that "[t]he doctrine of piercing the corporate veil is not a theory of liability [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Rather, it provides an avenue to pursue legal claims...
Section 6-21.5 of the North Carolina General Statutes is the closest thing the State has to " loser pays ." It allows for the award of attorneys' fees to a prevailing party "if the court finds that there was a complete absence of a justiciable issue of either law or fact raised by...