Veil Piercing Allegations Aren't Enough For Mandatory Business Court Jurisdiction

If you are thinking of designating a case to the Business Court because the Complaint raises allegations that the corporate veil should be pierced, stop.  Those types of allegations, without more, aren't enough to invoke the mandatory jurisdiction of the Court. 

There was a short order on that subject yesterday in CCE Development Corp. v. Jebara Investments, LLC, in which the Court held that "[p]iercing the corporate veil alone is insufficient to establish mandatory jurisdiction." 

There was a similar ruling earlier this year, in Robert N. Pulliam, CPA/ABV PLLC v. Gardner, where the Court held "the presence of veil piercing allegations are not, in and of themselves, grounds for jurisdiction under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-45.4(a)."

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