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Keith Kapp represents businesses, ranging from multi-national to private or family-owned enterprises, in connection with their commercial litigation and regulatory needs. He advises clients on the laws of contract, shareholder rights, antitrust, franchise relations, warranty, consumer protection, unfair trade practices and various regulatory statutes. As a member of the Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association, Keith also provides arbitration services. He is a contributing author to Williams Mullen’s Alcoholic Beverage Law blog. Keith has an extensive appellate practice arising in part from his service as a law clerk to Chief Judge Earl Vaughn of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Justice J. 

Frank Huskins of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He has substantial experience in alcoholic beverage distribution and regulation, franchisee-franchisor relationships and businesses regulated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, such as electric wholesale generators, co-generation operations and water companies. Keith served as president of the North Carolina State Bar for the 2012-2013 term. He previously served as Wake County judicial district councilor from 2000 to 2009 and as chairman of the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee from 2006 to 2008. Keith is a member of the Antitrust and Administrative Law sections of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently serves on the Professionalism Committee. 

He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the Antitrust and Forum on Franchising sections of the American Bar Association. Keith is a trustee of the Moravian Ministries Foundation and co-chaired the First Night Raleigh 2000 celebration. Keith earned an A.B. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. degree, also with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

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What to Know About Auto Insurance for Teens

Adding a teen driver to your auto insurance policy not only rattles your nerves; it can impact your liability as well as your checkbook. In North Carolina, the Family Purpose Doctrine will hold a vehicle’s owner liable if the driver is negligent and the car was in use for a family or household purpose. You have two options when purchasing auto insurance for your newly licensed driver. Non-preferred policies are offered to high-risk drivers at higher rates. Most, if not all, insurance companies require at least three years of driving experience to be eligible for preferred rates, according to Lauri Fair, an insurance agent in Raleigh. 

The inexperienced operator factor, set by the North Carolina Rate Manual, adds an additional charge to auto insurance policies for drivers with less than three years of experience, and decreases annually. The North Carolina Reinsurance Facility was created in 1973 by the North Carolina General Assembly to guarantee that all drivers, regardless of driving record or experience, could purchase 30/60/25 liability coverage, the minimum amount required by state law. Remember that the driving history of all drivers in the household will affect the cost of insurance. In contrast, Mark and Lynanne Fowle of Holly Springs chose to have their teens purchase their own auto insurance. Parents can help their teens avoid tragic outcomes on the road by giving them opportunities to practice, according to William Powell, field manager at Jordan Driving School in Raleigh. 

Unlike the controlled atmosphere inside a Jordan Driving School vehicle, Powell said being in the car with a parent gives teens their first true driving experience. Since North Carolina’s graduated licensing program went into effect Dec. 1, 1997, fatalities of 16-year-old drivers, from 1997 to 2009, have declined by 38 percent, according to Robert Foss, Ph.D., with the Center for the Study of Young Drivers. 

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Candidate for U.S. President, Republican Nomination

Holding worked as legislative counsel to U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and later at a private law firm before joining the federal prosecutor’s office in Raleigh under then-U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney. George Holding is a former federal prosecutor best known for spearheading the investigation of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards but also earning political corruption convictions against high-ranking state officials. 

Holding announced in July 2011 his decision to run to represent the state’s 13th Congressional District, which covers much of his home county and north-central North Carolina. Holding won a three-candidate GOP primary in May 2012 against Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble and local Republican activist Bill Randall. Coble was Helms’ nephew, Holding worked for Helms in Washington and both campaigns were run by former Helms operatives. In making his first run for elected office, Holding benefited from a political action committee formed to support his candidacy. Some Holding family members gave six-figure donations to the PAC that bypassed giving limitations to Holding’s campaign committee. 

Holding’s claim to fame came after he joined U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney’s staff. As the top prosecutor, Holding secured the conviction of former state House Speaker Jim Black and investigated former Gov. Mike Easley, who later accepted a plea in state court. While President Barack Obama nominated a successor to Holding, North Carolina’s two U.S. 

senators said Holding should stay on the job while he completed his investigations of Easley and Edwards. Holding stepped down in the summer of 2011, days after Edwards was indicted on six criminal counts related to campaign finance issues. Holding said he had no regrets about the Edwards case and lauded the prosecutors who put Edwards on trial. 

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