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December 19, 2017
Posted in  Privacy and Data Security

Defending Data-Breach Lawsuits Brought by Employees (Part 1 of 2)

As we’ve previously discussed, companies are often sued by their customers and business partners after a data breach. Another increasingly common source of data-breach litigation comes from within: companies’ own employees.     That’s because almost every business collects social security numbers, bank account information, and other sensitive personal information to […]

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December 12, 2017
Posted in  75-1.1 Exemptions

When Does a Business Dispute That Involves a Third Party Remain “Internal” for Purposes of an Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Claim?

The North Carolina Business Court has issued several opinions this year that examine the contours of the “internal business affairs” doctrine. As we have explained in prior posts, North Carolina courts have recognized that internal business disputes are exempt from N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 because they are not “in […]

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November 28, 2017
Posted in  Choice of Law

Playing Chicken with Claims for Unfair Trade Practices

The past year has seen several notable decisions concerning how choice-of-law regimes can affect the viability of a claim for violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. Today’s post involves another case on this topic. In Koch Foods, Inc. v. Pate Dawson Company, a federal district court assessed a claim […]

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