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Lincoln and Bloomfield Featured on NCBA’s Litigation Section Blog

October 2017
Charlotte Litigation Counsel Matt Lincoln and Member Neil Bloomfield were recently featured on the NCBA’s Litigation Section Blog. 

Lincoln’s article titled, “Pro Se Responsive Pleading By Corporation/LLC Insufficient To Avoid Default,” discusses the North Carolina statute N.C.G.S. Section 84-5 which prohibits corporations and limited liability companies from practicing law in North Carolina. This prohibition occasionally arises in the litigation context when an entity—usually domiciled in another state—serves a pro se answer (or other response) to a complaint filed in a North Carolina court.

Bloomfield’s article analyzes Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger and provides a summary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision which clarified that even a district court’s exercise of broad discretion to impose a civil sanction for a litigant’s bad faith conduct has to be limited by a causal link. Bloomfield stated, “the Court’s decision provides useful guidance, but leaves open interesting questions that litigants and district courts will be wrestling with for years to come.”

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