At least ONE good new law…Yaaaaay!!

Folks who know me well, know that I have not been a big fan of this General Assembly, so I want to take any opportunity I can to broadcast some good news coming from Raleigh.  Session Law 2013-159 brought about a few important changes in how civil cases will be litigated, and for the most part I think there’s a lot more good than bad.


The Legislative Building in Raleigh: A place where good ideas were hard to come by.

  • Small Claims Court can now hear disputes up to $10,000;
  • District Court is allowed to hear claims up to $25,000;
  • Arbitration may be required for many more small disputes, with new penalties for parties that appeal the arbitration award and lose; (I’m reserving judgment on that one.)
  • Insurance companies now have greater incentive to settle lawsuits up to $25,000.  If a Plaintiff wins a higher amount at trial than what the insurance company offered, the insurer may be required to pay the Plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees and costs.  (The old limit was $20,000. There are a lot of requirements and considerations that go into this, so be sure to check with an attorney in you need more details!)

About Mike Daisley - Daisley Law Offices, PC

Civil Litigation Attorney and Certified Mediator in North Carolina Superior Courts; President of Daisley Law Offices, PC, a law firm devoted to helping Veterans, the Disabled and severely injured victims of corporate or individual negligence. Experienced in Civil Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mike is also a political analyst for WCNC-TV and WBT Radio,a writer and blogger on law, political discourse and theology, and a lifelong Episcopalian (which, as he explains, means "I'm a raging agnostic at least three days a week.") Office email : (704) 331-8014 Charlotte, North Carolina
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1 Response to At least ONE good new law…Yaaaaay!!

  1. Mike,

    Thanks for highlighting the helpful points in the new law. The legislature certainly has made doing so very difficult work.

    For example, Section 3 of the same Session Law seems to have “de-clarified” court-ordered non-binding arbitration. Now, it’s mandatory state-wide… unless it isn’t… or the parties waive.

    At least there’s a waiver form here in Wake Co.

    Thanks again,


    P.S. In case it’s helpful, we’ve got a Word version of that waiver form you can grab and customize here:

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