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    A Beginners Guide to Arbitration – Part 2 Pros and Cons of Arbitration

    Our June 11th blog post broadly discussed arbitration and the upward trend of including mandatory arbitration clauses in agreements.  This week, we analyze the pros and cons of arbitration to elucidate when arbitration clauses are useful and when they are potentially harmful.   In arbitration, individuals and entities bring legal claims against one another outside the public court system.  Although many aspects of arbitration are similar to a civil court trial, arbitration has a number of key differences.   Pros Speed – Arbitration is generally faster than litigation. Whereas litigation often takes years, the arbitration process may only take a few months. However, arbitration can take longer when there are…

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    The Limitations of Subpoenas: When are They Too Much?

    Have you or your company ever been subpoenaed by someone and you wonder, “wait, why am I being dragged into their mess?” It seems unfair. Why should you have to take time out of your busy day to help someone else either pursue or defend their own lawsuit? Let’s face it, most people don’t want to be involved in litigation of any kind, let alone someone else’s litigation. There’s nothing to be gained and only time and money to be lost. However, a North Carolina Business Court ruling last year made clear that non-parties to the case should not be unduly burdened with subpoena requests or required to turn over…

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    Four Tips for Drafting Jury Instructions: A Tightrope Walk between Clarity and Accuracy

              What’s the best way for attorneys to show appreciation for jurors during the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s Jury Appreciation month? Lavishing them with gifts is prohibited, but one way attorneys can show some appreciation is by drafting jury instructions that make the lives of jurors easier by streamlining the deliberation process.             When it comes to cases with complex statutory language, lawyers may be faced with the task of drafting jury instructions and must learn to bridge the gap between legal jargon and natural language. To add to the pressure of crafting meticulously worded jury instructions, many appeals are based…

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    Discovering Lindley Law, an Interview with Trey Lindley

              When founding Lindley Law, my vision was to create a boutique litigation practice known as one of the best in the region for the services we offer, primarily in civil litigation.  What separates Lindley Law from other law firms is our dedication to clients, commitment to engaging in meaningful work, and ability to adapt and create solutions for our clients and our business.             No law firm exists without clients.  We are here to serve them; they aren’t here to serve us. I mean it when I say we hold the needs of our clients paramount. Vigilance is the word…

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    Jurors: The Social Media Balancing Act

              Despite what Hollywood would have their audiences believe, most civil lawsuits settle before ever reaching a jury trial.  When cases do make it to a jury, the selection process is very important.  In domestic violence cases, defense attorneys aren’t likely to select a juror that suffered through similar circumstances.  In civil cases, a plaintiffs’ attorney would likely dismiss a juror who has been a loyal employee of the defendant.  It is easy enough to ask the jury basic questions during the selection process or garner simple information from juror questionnaires, but this is the information age and publicly available personal details are out there for…