Sept. 19 Jack Nichols Selected as a 2014 Leader in the Law

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly selected Allen, Pinnix & Nichols Partner Jack Nichols as a 2014 Leader in the Law. According to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law are "legal professionals who go above and beyond in their profession," and include "the most influential individuals within our state's legal community." Jack is a shareholder and director at the firm, specializing in administrative and employment law.


Sept. 18 Noel Allen Presents on Comparative Data Protection to the International Business Law Consortium

Partner Noel Allen spoke at the International Business Law Consortium's 2014 Annual Meeting, in Barcelona, Spain. He provided an overview of the evolving landscape of data protection regulations in the United States and the European Union. Allen, Pinnix & Nichols is a member of the International Business Law Consortium's global alliance, offering the firm and its clients access to local, country-specific legal knowledge on six continents.


Sept. 18 Brenner Allen Moderates a Panel on the Legal Implications of Crimean Sanctions 

Brenner moderated a panel discussion featuring attorneys from the U.S., Belgium, Switzerland, and Russia. The topic for discussion was the practical legal implications of the sanctions imposed in response to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. The panelists introduced the latest measures taken by the governments of their respective countries, and explained some potential consequences for businesses arising from these measures.


July 16 Jack Nichols Authors North Carolina Central Law Review Article, "Old Wine in New Bottles - Bill of Attainder"

This article, published in Volume 36, Issue Number 2 of the Law Review, addresses the history of, and current controversy regarding, bills of attainder. Bills of attainder are laws which take the place of court decisions, targeting specific people for punishment without the protection of a trial. While bills of attainder have been used (and their use disputed) in legal systems for hundreds of years, they are of increasing relevance today. The U.S. Supreme Court applies a three-part legal test for determining whether a federal law is an unconstitutional bill of attainder; North Carolina state courts have applied this test to state laws as well.


July 14 Jack Nichols and Anna Baird Choi Win an Award of Fees and Costs Following Two Favorable Court Decisions

Allen, Pinnix & Nichols attorneys successfully represented clients in two cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2013. In both cases, the North Carolina Superior Court held that the North Carolina Secretary of State acted ultra vires, and affirmed favorable lower court holdings that dismissed fines assessed by the Secretary of State. Then, on July 14, 2014, the Superior Court ruled that the Secretary of State had no substantial justification for pursuing the case, and awarded fees and costs.


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