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Category: Court Rules

Rule 42(b) of the N.C. Rules of Civil Procedure The N.C. Legislature amended Civil Procedure Rule 42(b) last year so that upon motion of any party in a tort action in which the plaintiff seeks damages exceeding $150,000, the court must order separate trials for the issue of liability and damages, unless the court “for...

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 6-21.1 N.C. Gen. Stat. § 6-21.1 has been revised so that an award of attorney fees may be ordered by a judge as part of court costs if (1) there was an unwarranted refusal by the defendant to negotiate or pay the claim, (2) the amount of damages recovered is $20,000...

Business contracts can now include enforceable provisions regarding attorney fees. image

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 6-21.6 A new statute enacted last year, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 6-21.6, allows parties to a business contract to provide that either will reimburse the other for attorney fees and expenses incurred by reason of litigation or arbitration primarily for the recovery of monetary damages. However, the statute does not allow...

Court costs have changed. image

Although new and upwardly revised court fees have been in effect for almost eight months, we thought we should remind readers of the main ones (in the event the reader has not yet had occasion to be confronted with some of the fees). Fees for filing lawsuits in civil court: Superior Court – $200 District...


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