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Supreme Court Releases Its Internal Citation, Style, and Usage Guidebook

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of North Carolina published its internal “Guidebook” for citation, style, and usage.

You may recall that a few years back, a lawyer obtained a copy of and began selling the U.S. Supreme Court’s “secret” Style Guide. Fortunately, you do not need to buy a copy of our State Supreme Court’s Guidebook on Amazon—or wade through 266 pages of text. Instead, the 12-page Guidebook

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The Mandate Rule and another Thinly-Sliced Qualified Immunity Opinion from the Fourth Circuit

A while back I wrote about the collateral order doctrine as discussed by the Fourth Circuit in Williams v. Strickland. (See prior blog post here).  Williams involved an alleged excessive force claim against a law enforcement officer and an interlocutory appeal from the denial of the officer’s motion for summary judgment on the ground of qualified immunity.  The Court held that the officer was not entitled to qualified immunity (at

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Appeal Expunged: State Lacks Statutory Right to Appellate Review of Expungement Order

This post was co-written by Erin Catlett, a Fox Rothschild summer associate and rising third-year law student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Join me in welcoming Erin to the fascinating world of North Carolina appellate practice and procedure. EBS

Does the statutory right to appellate review of a superior court’s final judgment under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-27(b)(1) apply to a criminal appeal by the State? That is the central question a

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Sykes! Big News for Healthcare, Not So Much for Antitrust

Last Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued its first-ever opinion discussing the learned-profession exemption under section 75-1.1.  This is big news, especially for healthcare lawyers and providers.

Most lawyers in North Carolina are familiar with section 75-1.1 of the General Statutes, which offers a broad prohibition on unfair and deceptive practices in or affecting commerce. Most lawyers also know that the law has an exemption for members

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Fourth Circuit Criminal Appellate Practice Seminar

On Monday, October 28, 2019, the Fourth Circuit will be sponsoring a Criminal Appellate Practice Seminar at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. There will be panels and presentations on effective writing and oral advocacy, an appellate ethics session, updates on recent Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit cases, as well as other useful tips on appellate practice in the Fourth Circuit. The program promises to be very useful for

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Zloops! Another Rule 3 Dismissal

About a year ago, we blogged on Zloop v. Parker Poe, in which the North Carolina Business Court dismissed an appeal because the notice of appeal was directed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals instead of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (pursuant to N.C.G.S. s. 7A-27(a), almost all appeals from Business Court orders go directly to the Supreme Court).  Yesterday, it happened again.  In Justice v. Mission

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