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Evidence Preservation Letters: How to Respond, Relevant Evidence, and Avoiding Future Discovery Disputes

An evidence preservation letter is a written request that certain documents, electronically-stored information and data (“e-data”), and vehicles be preserved in anticipation of future litigation. One of the first questions we hear is, “What evidence is really necessary?” Although demands to preserve evidence may be onerous and burdensome, it is important to begin collecting this […]

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Hedrick Gardner Opens Asheville Office

North Carolina – November 4, 2019 Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, a leading regional litigation and dispute management law firm, is pleased to announce the opening of its fifth office. The office is located in the heart of downtown Asheville at 49 Broadway Street, and is led by partner Kristie Hedrick who relocated from […]

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Hedrick Gardner Recognized as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020

November 1, 2019. Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP received several top rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” report. The firm received Tier 1 regional rankings, the highest category awarded, in the following categories: Charlotte: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Product Liability Litigation – Defendants Workers’ Compensation Law – […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

On 8/23/19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to alter hours of service (HOS) regulations. The comment period ended 10/21/19. The NPRM recommended the following changes. Provide drivers with greater flexibility for the 30-minute rest break by requiring a break after 8 hours of drive time, instead […]

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Hedrick Gardner Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

North Carolina – August 15, 2019. Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce that fifteen attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Additionally, Mel J. Garofalo was named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Charlotte Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” and Jeffrey H. Blackwell was named […]

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Workers’ Compensation: An Exclusive Remedy?

For years, many employers have assumed that if an employee alleges that he or she was injured while working, recovery under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act was the Employee’s only remedy. This belief is grounded in the language of  § 97-10.1 of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, which states: If the employee and […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

On 7/31/19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed to make its crash preventability determination program permanent. This program was announced in July 2017 and is intended to gather data on commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents to assess commercial motor carriers that pose safety risks. Since the FMCSA began reviewing crashes in 2017, 94% […]

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Josh Shaw Named to 2019 Legal Elite

Columbia, South Carolina – August 2, 2019  Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce that Josh Shaw was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Columbia Business Monthly, 2019 Legal Elite in the construction practice group. Josh devotes the majority of his practice to the construction industry representing contractors, developers, design professionals, and construction […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

On 2/21/19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the end of its exemption process for the medical certification of insulin-dependent drivers.  Any diabetic driver who has a medical card will need to renew and those in the future must be determined fit to drive by a certified medical examiner.  Since the exemption process […]

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