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  • Prepare (Some) for Mediation

    Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process used in lieu of formal procedures, where a neutral mediator attempts to help the parties come to a mutually acceptable agreement.  The mediator can facilitate negotiations, review positions, exchange offers, point out the best and worst possible outcomes, etc.  It is mostly an informal process, but typically follows a general pattern of holding an opening session where all parties and their lawyers are present and then Read more...

  • Raleigh Ordinance May Assist HOAs with Turnover of Private Water and Sewer Mains

    Raleigh City Ordinance 2017-665 was adopted and effective February 7, 2017. This ordinance helps provide acceptance of privately owned utility mains into the City of Raleigh public system.  In many cases, the operation and maintenance of the private mains are the responsibility of the homeowners’ association, whereas the responsibility for the quality of the water that flows through those mains remains with the City.  According to the Ordinance, many associations may not be Read more...

  • Mediation Before Litigation?

    The landscape in civil litigation was changed forever when the mediated settlement conference became a mandatory part of civil superior court cases in North Carolina. Most lawyers share the sentiment that the change was for the better, although not all of them thought it would turn out that way. Given the cost to appropriately litigate (or arbitrate) a civil case, should the landscape be changed again by increasing the use of the pre-litigation Read more...

  • BIG OVERTIME CHANGES IN STORE FOR EMPLOYERS

    The U.S. Department of Labor will issue new regulations today that will have a big impact on many employers. In a nutshell, as of December 1, 2016, if your exempt employees are not earning a salary of at least $47,476 per year, they can no longer be deemed exempt, and must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a workweek.  This change is estimated to impact millions of employees across the Read more...

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