A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO INCREASE THE JURISDICTIONAL AMOUNTS IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, TO MAKE ARBITRATION MANDATORY IN CERTAIN CIVIL CASES, AND TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO THE COURT FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF COURT COSTS AND ATTORNEYS' FEES IN SMALL CLAIMS MATTERS WHEN AN ARBITRATOR'S DECISION IN FAVOR OF THE APPELLEE IS AFFIRMED ON APPEAL.
House amendment makes the following changes to the 2nd edition, as amended.
Amends GS 6-21.1(a), concerning allowance of counsel fees in certain cases, providing that the attorney's fees awarded in a personal injury or property damage case, or suit against an insurance company under a policy issued by the company where the insured or beneficiary is the plaintiff, and specified conditions are met, cannot exceed $10,000 when, among other requirements, the amount of damages recovered is $25,000 or less (was, $20,000 or less).
Changes the act's effective date from July 1, 2013 to August 1, 2013.
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