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January 14, 2020
Posted in  Damages

Broad Street Insurance Bullies

North Carolina’s insurance laws include an entire article on “Unfair Trade Practices.” One section in that article defines what conduct in the insurance world counts as unfair or deceptive. And—stay with me here—one subsection within that section is entitled, “Unfair Claim Settlement Practices.” That subsection is N.C. Gen. Stat. § 58-63-15(11). […]

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November 6, 2018
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When an internal business dispute has external features

Food and drink are staples of the caselaw on unfair and deceptive trade practices. Roasted soybeans. Hot dogs. Poultry. Beef. Bourbon. Today, wine. In particular, a business called Wine & Design. It caters to those who desire to sip a traditional Gamay while living out their Andrew Wyeth-inspired dreams. The […]

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May 24, 2016
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Treble-Damage Awards as Penalties

Plaintiffs who prove violations of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 are automatically entitled to treble damages under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-16. The automatic trebling of damages for 75-1.1 claims often leads to substantial verdicts and settlements. It raises several questions: Why are plaintiffs allowed to automatically recover treble damages? […]

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