The North Carolina Business Court is a specialized court for cases involving complex business and technical issues. Only certain cases may be heard by the Business Court, including disputes involving:
- the law governing corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies;
- contract disputes between businesses (over $1,000,000 in controversy);
- antitrust law;
- trademarks, trade secrets and intellectual property;
- computer software, information technology, data security, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology products; and
- certain state tax laws.
Using the Delaware Court of Chancery as a model, the Business Court is a unique and valuable forum to resolve complex disputes and has created a large body of business law to guide business owners and companies engaging in commerce in North Carolina. In 2018, the majority of cases handled by the Business Court involved the law governing corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. The Business Court had 324 pending cases as of December 31, 2018. The Court closed 142 cases in 2018 and the median age of cases closed was 375 days.
Unlike cases heard in state Superior Court, once a case is designated as a complex business case, all proceedings in the action are heard before the a single Business Court judge. Because the same Business Court judge typically oversees all aspects of the case from the time of designation through trial or other resolution, the Business Court offers efficiencies and expertise necessary for the timely resolution of complex business disputes in North Carolina. The Business Court offers a greater predictability and consistency of results due to the over twenty years of opinions that the Court has created.
The team at Skufca Law helps our clients take advantage of all of the benefits of the North Carolina Business Court compared to other forums. If you seek effective representation in a serious business dispute, contact the Charlotte business litigation lawyers at Skufca Law at 704-376-3030.