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Whistleblower Claims are Increasing – Beware!

In the past, many whistleblower claims arose out of simple revenge.  A fired or aggrieved employee seeking retribution against his employer for a termination or demotion.  Today, however, people are reporting complaints at an ever-increasing rate under a variety of…

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The Art (and Implications) of the “Short-Pay”

Consider the following scenario: Seller claims $100.00 is due for goods provided.  Buyer claims that only $75.00 is owed.  Buyer then mails a check to Seller for $80.00, marked “paid in full”.  What are the consequences if the Seller deposits…

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Termination for Convenience Clauses

As part of the continuing series of articles identifying important construction contract clauses, perhaps the most impactful clause in a contract can be the standard termination for convenience clause. Imagine this scenario: your firm expended time and material in bidding…

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Tax Season: Understanding the I.R.S.

My first job out of law school was situated two blocks from the White House, working in a cubicle for the Internal Revenue Service.  I worked as a tax lawyer in the Exempt Organizations Group and reviewed organizations for a…

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Strict Non-Compete Agreement Standards Upheld

By:  Chad J. Cochran   Non-compete agreements can have huge ramifications.  Sometimes, they serve to protect a company’s vital clients.  At other times, they prohibit an employee from finding gainful employment to support his family.  As a result, judges generally…

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SERVICEMEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF ACT

Have you ever heard of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)?  If not, you will as it appears it has reared its head in the court system, again.  The basic premise of the SCRA is to prevent those in the…

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Secured Lending in North Carolina

Generally speaking, secured lending is defined as a loan or extension of credit in which the borrower pledges an asset as collateral for the loan. A secured loan or transaction generally involves a two document system: an acknowledgment of the…

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Rising Interest Rates and Business Tips for 2015

The Federal Reserve administers a key economic indicator, the federal-funds rate.  Banks use the federal-funds rate to conduct overnight transactions which trade account balances maintained at the Federal Reserve.  When the Fed raises this key rate, personal and business loan…

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CREDIT REPORTING TO CREDIT BUREAUS

Every now and then the listserv for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section lights up with a discussion which is of interest to creditors. One such discussion occurred recently regarding the duty of a creditor to report payments to…

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Remote Deposits: Risk and Reward

By:  Chad J. Cochran Yesterday at lunch, a woman ahead of me in line asked to pay for her sandwich with a check.  The deli worker looked a bit startled and then replied, “I’ve been working here three months and…

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Public-Private Partnerships Come to North Carolina

“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835. In August of 2013, Governor McCrory signed into law House Bill 857 (codified as…

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