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NC giant Womble Carlyle to take on Charleston’s Buist Moore (access required)

North Carolina powerhouse Womble Carlyle is entering the Charleston market by acquiring the city's largest law firm. In a merger fueled by the prospect of rapid economic growth in the Charleston area, North Carolina's largest law firm is joining forces with Buist Moore Smythe McGee. They will complete the deal on April 30, partners at both firms told Lawyers Weekly. "We're just very excited. We think this is a great opportunity," said Henry B. Smythe Jr. (pictured), managing director of Buist Moore.

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Portia Faces Life: ‘Where does all this money go?’ judges ask

"Out of every S.C. traffic fine, 66.6 percent of the fee is forwarded monthly to the state's General Fund. Assessments are added almost every year, consequently, the traffic fees have to go up every year," says J. Lawrence Duffy, Municipal Judge, Sullivan's Island. "The average traffic fine is about $200. The Charleston and Berkeley magistrates and municipal judges estimate that out of those fines, these two counties send a million dollars a month to the General Fund," continued Duffy, "and there is no accounting of it."

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