North Carolina Business Litigation Report

Velocity Fiber Broadband, LLC v. Lang Management, Inc., Sept. 10, 2007 (Jolly)(unpublished)

Business Court Rule 9.2 says that "the movant shall have a good faith basis for requesting any . . . extension of time and, except in extraordinary cases, the movant shall first consult with any opposing party and reflect that party's position in the motion and indicate whether the opposing party wishes to be heard on the motion."

If you don't follow the Rules, you aren't going to get your extension.  In Velocity Fiber Broadband, LLC v. Lang Management, Inc., the required consultation hadn't occurred.  Judge Jolly, in denying the plaintiff's motion to respond to a counterclaim, stated "notwithstanding that the . . . reporting requirements of Rule 9.2 of the Business Court Rules may be viewed by some as merely a technicality and not substantive, the requirements are clear and simple, and compliance with them promotes efficiency in case administration by the court and counsel."

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Other cases denying a Motion for Extension of Time for the same reason are TelSouth Solutions, Inc. v. Voyss Liquidation Co., October 17, 2008 (Diaz)(unpublished); Cape Fear Realty, LLC v. Cape Fear Trading Group, LLC, November 12, 2008 (Jolly)(unpublished); and A-1 Pavement Marking, LLC v. APMI Corp.January 2, 2009 (Diaz)(unpublished).

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