Lawyers defending against punitive damages claims ought to put on their dancing shoes after the North Carolina Supreme Court’s decision Friday in Scarborough v. Dillard’s, Inc.

That’s because the majority opinion by Chief Justice Parker makes it easier for trial and appellate judges to set aside a jury’s award on punitive damages. With Scarborough

The Business Court granted summary judgment on Plaintiff’s trade secrets claim yesterday in Edgewater Services, Inc. v. Epic Logistics, Inc., 2009 NCBC 20 (N.C. Super. Ct. August 11, 2009). It also dismissed Plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages.

Plaintiff Edgewater and Defendant Epic are third party logistics companies, arranging for transportation of freight for their