Forum Selection Clause: Is It Enforceable?

I have seen construction contracts which contain a forum selection clause requiring any dispute to be subject to arbitration in a particular location. The reason for such a clause is quite simple, it limits how and where to litigate any dispute arising out of that agreement. Most contracts we see with out-of-state general contractor’s state that arbitration will occur in the state where their principal office is located. Sometimes, they will say arbitration shall occur in the state where their principal office is located or in the county where the project is located. Let us say that you as a subcontractor signed a subcontractor agreement with an out-of-state general contractor, which stated that arbitration shall occur in the state where the general contractor’s principal office is located. Let us say the project is in Wake County, North Carolina. Let us further speculate that you wish to file suit against the general contractor in the Superior Court Division of Wake County.

Requests for Admission

The Discovery stage of a lawsuit is important because it is when you can determine what information the opposing party is in possession of to support their claims or defenses. These discovery tools include interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests for admission, and depositions.

Looking at Your Invoices What Does Your Fine Print Say?

Have you ever looked at the payment terms on your invoices and quotation documents? What does the fine print say? Does it reflect what is in your signed contract with the other party? Do you have provisions for interest, attorneys’ fees, and restocking fees? Let’s look at some of the language to include in an invoice

The Importance of Contractual Attorneys’ Fees

We often assist clients with collecting accounts that are past due. Those clients often want to know if they can recover their attorneys’ fees. The answer we often give clients is that it depends. In the state of North Carolina, it has long been upheld by the courts that unless a statute specifically awards attorneys’ fees, each party is responsible for its own attorneys’ fees.

It May Not Be Too Late to Enforce Your Out of state Judgment in North Carolina

We assist people with the post-judgment collection process on a judgment that was rendered by another state. We do this by domesticating that out of state judgment in the State of North Carolina. Some reasons to consider domesticating a judgment in the State of North Carolina include that the judgment debtor(s) reside or are located in North Carolina, and/or the judgment debtor(s) owns property in North Carolina. This process is typically straightforward and relatively routine. Once this process is complete, North Carolina recognizes that judgment as if it were rendered in this state. This means the creditor may use any means allowed by North Carolina statutes to pursue judgment debtor(s) in post-judgment collections. However, if a significant amount of time has passed since the judgment was issued, the creditor’s ability to enforce its judgment may be affected.