When businesses enter into contracts, they have an implied duty to act honestly, in good faith, and fairly. When they do not, they can be sued for a breach of this duty. Here, we discuss this duty of good faith and fair dealings and bad faith claims in the business context and the insurance context. …

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The employer-employee relationship is legally complex, subject to numerous local, state, and federal requirements. On the one hand, employment is simply a contractual agreement between a business and its employees. On the other hand, these relationships can feel deeply personal. As such, it is vital that both employers and employees understand their legal rights and…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is a litigation alternative that has been rising in popularity. Rather than turning to the court system to resolve a conflict, ADR refers to negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or other non-litigation forms of reaching an agreement for settling disputes. Instead of presenting the facts and arguing a case in front of…

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When you start a new job, there is a lot of paperwork to fill out, from employment contracts to W2s, waivers, tax documents, and fact sheets. In some industries, you may also be asked to sign a non-compete agreement, whether contained within your employment contract or by way of a separate document. Buried among the…

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If you are in the market to purchase a home, you have probably already started looking into how you will pay for it. Most buyers are prepared to take out a mortgage, but did you know there can be upfront costs before the purchase is even official? North Carolina law allows due diligence money and…

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North Carolina employers are committed to keeping people safe. As the State continues to reopen following the peak of the global health pandemic, the longstanding priority of preserving the health and safety of employees and the public alike remains. However, in this constantly changing environment inundated with an overwhelming amount of sometimes contradictory information, it…

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Obtaining a judgment, which gives a party the right to collect payment from another party, is something to celebrate, but it does not always mark the end of the long process of litigation: That process only ends when a judgment is collected. The person or business you successfully sued is not always willing to voluntarily…

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If you are thinking about – or are already in the process of – purchasing a home in North Carolina, you will need to engage a real estate attorney to assist you with the closing of the sale. More than assisting with the closing, a real estate attorney works with you every step of the…

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