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Attorney: Scottie Forbes Lee

October 20, 2020 Scottie Forbes Lee
Posted in  Misrepresentations Per Se Violations

Pleading Reliance in Unfair-Trade-Practice Claims Involving North Carolina’s Insurance Laws

Seven years ago, in Bumpers v. Community Bank of Northern Virginia, the Supreme Court of North Carolina held that a plaintiff who sues under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 based on a misrepresentation must show actual and reasonable reliance on the misrepresentation. A recent decision by the North Carolina Court of […]

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May 12, 2020 Scottie Forbes Lee
Posted in  Misrepresentations

An Insurance-Coverage Dispute Not Worthy of Prime Time: Murphy Brown vs. Its Insurers

Nuisance lawsuits against pork producers Murphy-Brown and Smithfield Foods have received extensive publicity in the past two years. In those cases, individuals that live near hog farms owned by Murphy-Brown and Smithfield allege that the hog farms—namely, the odors, dust, noise, and other things that go along with hog-farm operations—are […]

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March 19, 2019 Scottie Forbes Lee
Posted in  75-1.1 Exemptions

On the intersection of competition law and local-government conduct

This post studies an interesting question in competition law: can a local government be sued for money damages based on a federal antitrust violation? The answer is “no,” according to a recent decision from a federal court in Charlotte. Benitez v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority is one of several high-profile antitrust cases […]

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