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Category: Substantial Aggravating Circumstances

November 10, 2015
Posted in  Substantial Aggravating Circumstances

Can Contract Ambiguity Cause Liability for Unfair Trade Practices?

Most of the time, a contract breach—even if intentional—does not violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. A contract breach, however, can turn into a 75-1.1 violation if the breach is accompanied by “substantial aggravating circumstances.” We have looked before at the roots of the “substantial aggravating circumstances” doctrine. These origins show […]

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August 25, 2015
Posted in  Per Se Violations Substantial Aggravating Circumstances

When Is a Breach of a Covenant Not to Compete Also Unfair or Deceptive?

Next Monday, August 31, the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important business-versus-business case. Beverage Systems of the Carolinas v. Associated Beverage Repair (No. 316A14) includes two unsettled issues under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1: Is tortious interference a per se (that is, automatic) violation of section […]

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