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It’s only money (access required)

After bellyaching about the potentially high cost of an adverse ruling against the state involving the Map Act, the North Carolina Department of Transportation retained a stable of expensive private lawyers at the expense of taxpayers. According to attorneys for ...

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Ante up: NCDOT could be required to pay attorneys’ fees for low-balling landowners

Ante up: NCDOT could be required to pay attorneys’ fees for low-balling landowners

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the North Carolina Department of Transportation pay for offering unfairly low buyout prices to property owners facing condemnation. The legislation proposes several changes that state condemnation lawyers “have been waiting and wishing ...

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Ally or attorney? Task Force seeking to help debtors accused of illegally practicing law (access required)

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In the fall of 2012, a retired real estate broker named Mary Ella Hutchinson formed a small group dedicated to helping people in Franklin County save their homes from foreclosure. Her supporters say she’s kept scores of people in their ...

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