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Common Mediation Myths Debunked

Mediation is generally a short-term process that, ideally, delivers a prompt resolution. Once parties decide to mediate, the process can accelerate quickly. Though mediators may charge as much – if not more – per hour than attorneys, mediators are often employed for much less time than an attorney is for litigation.  As such, mediation is…

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The Benefits of Early Mediation

For cases on a litigation track, the road to resolution is far from straightforward. Cases may take up to two years or even more to get to trial. In order to avoid the expense of trials, late-stage mediation was developed decades ago as a tactic to help parties resolve their disputes outside of court.  However,…

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How Does Mediation Work? What To Expect

When clients consider the role of an attorney, they often envision legendary trial lawyers – both real and fictitious (think Gerry Spence, Perry Mason, or the beloved Atticus Finch) – whose eloquent arguments captivate jurors and spectators. The reality, though, is that substantially more cases are resolved through settlement discussions than by feats of legal…

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Pre-Litigation Mediation: Benefits, Caveats, and How To Prepare

For parties engaged in a legal dispute, the prospect of resolving a dispute outside of the traditional legal process may sound foreign. Nonetheless, an increasingly small percentage of civil cases proceed to trial, the vast majority resolving through formal or informal mediation. Mediation offers a neutral way for parties to discuss their disputes. It is…

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Can I Claim Workers Compensation?  A Status Report.

Our attorneys commonly get asked questions regarding workers’ compensation, particularly in regards as to whether they are able to claim worker’s compensation.  Here at Strauch Green & Mistretta, P.C., we decided to put together a resource that continually updates based on frequently asked questions, as well as developments in regards to workers’ compensation. Video Surveillance…

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What is New in Labor and Employment?

Recent Exemption in Non-Compete Agreements in North Carolina Be on the look out for this exemption for non-compete agreements.  If you are in a very specialized area of practice, the typical rules may not apply.  For instance, in a recent case, the Court of Appeals indicated that a non-compete and non-solicitation agreement was unenforceable because…

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What Are the Latest Developments in Attorney-Client Privilege Law?

Our attorneys are commonly asked about recent developments in attorney-client privilege law, and how these changes may impact them in their court cases.  In order to provide our clients with the answers they need, we have created this resource as a way to keep our clients in the know about recent developments. Is the Date…

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Supreme Court to Evaluate Whether Sexual Orientation is a Class Protected by Title VII

The Supreme Court will review three cases related to sexual orientation-based discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The three cases  – EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., 884 F.3d 560 (6th Cir. 2018) where plaintiff filed suit against employer claiming wrongful termination due to the employee’s intent…

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What Could Your Case Be Worth? Case Valuations Across North Carolina

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settles for $3M The wife and children of a North Carolina man killed after a commercial truck hit his car has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $3 million.  The truck driver ran a stop sign and struck the car which lead to the death of the 60 year old driver.  The…

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Is Your Well-Water Contaminated? Take Action Today

There has been a recent discovery that well-water in Wake, Franklin, and Johnston counties that may be a grave threat to those in the area dependent on well-water.  It has been found that traces of radioactive substances such as uranium and radon are present in the well-water, which can cause a variety of health issues…

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