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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…

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    The Strict Blue Pencil Doctrine is Alive and Well in NC Courts

              In a time where pencils and pens are quickly being replaced by keyboards, styli, and even one’s own fingers, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled last week that the strict blue pencil doctrine remains alive and well – at least when it comes to non-compete clauses in employment agreements.             The blue pencil doctrine originated in 1961 and essentially states that if a non-compete clause in an employment contract is “unreasonably broad,” then the Court has the power to use its blue pencil to literally strike the over broad provisions from the contract. Last week, in Beverage Sys. Of the…

  • Firm News

    Lindley Law Welcomes Elizabeth Kemper!

              On March 17, 2016 Liz Kemper joined Lindley Law as our Marketing Director.  Liz went to undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill and graduated in 2006. She went directly to UNC School of Law graduating in 2009. She went on to work in various areas of the law from post-conviction criminal defense to managing document review at an eDiscovery firm in Charlotte. She got married in 2014 and has a Basset Hound named Maggie. Outside of the office, Liz enjoys watching sports, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her friends and family. Welcome, Liz!

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    Counterclaims: When to Designate a Case to the North Carolina Business Court

              The North Carolina Business Court (“Business Court”) is a specialized forum designed to adjudicate cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate governance and commercial law.  If a dispute involves one of the subject matters enumerated in North Carolina General Statute § 74-45.4, then the case shall be designated and assigned to the Business Court.   Cases may also qualify for discretionary assignments to the Business Court under Rule 2.1 of the General Rules of Practice for Superior and District Courts if it does not qualify for mandatory designation but involves certain other factors.               Mandatory designations are governed by…