Mandatory Jurisdiction

The Court granted a Motion opposing the designation of the case, which involved the allegedly fraudulent transfer of assets by a corporate defendant and its sole shareholder, as a mandatory complex business case.  The Court ruled that the allegations did not present a material issue related to the law governing corporations.  The Court found that

The Business Court on its own motion remanded a case which had been designated to the Court based on its mandatory jurisdiction over cases involving unfair competition.

In the Notice of Designation, the Defendant asserted that "as a case between two direct competitors focused on slander and libel claims, this lawsuit meets the criteria for

A lawsuit regarding a residential property development, in which the Plaintiffs made claims against the developer of the project, its lenders, appraisers, and others under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, and for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract, among others, fell within the Business Court’s mandatory jurisdiction.  Some of the

The Court had mandatory jurisdiction over a case involving Internet advertising, holding "[t]hat issue falls squarely within the definition of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-45.4(a)(6) which covers material issues related to the Internet and electronic commerce. It also involves issues that would have implications for use of the Internet by others, both consumers and advertisers