Obeying the Unwritten Rules

Walker v. North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners and Its Meaning for Professional Licensees in North Carolina North Carolina currently has fifty-five occupational licensing agencies. These agencies regulate professions including law, medicine, engineering, surveying, therapy, and real estate. Generally, the agencies regulate their particular professions by enforcing rules of ethics and practice. Their rules are…

North Carolina Announces New Fiduciary Relationship for Health Care Providers Independent of Physician-Patient Relationship

On January 27, 2017, in King v. Bryant, the Supreme Court of North Carolina held that health care providers now owe prospective patients a fiduciary relationship that is independent of a physician-patient relationship and can even exist prior to formation of a physician-patient relationship. What Happened In King, the plaintiff-patient presented to an ambulatory surgical center…

Three Tips for Businesses Using Non-Competes and Non-Solicitation Agreements

In the information economy, managing employee knowledge is critical. Recent labor trends of decreasing employee tenure only heightens the importance for businesses and employers to take pro-active steps in protecting sensitive information and relationships developed in the course of business from frequent employee turnover. Regardless of industry, employment agreements such as non-competes and non-solicitation agreements…