In a much-watched case, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Business Court in Sykes v. Health Network Solutions. The case was being watched mostly for its analysis of pure, state-law antitrust claims, but the Court evenly divided on that issue, leaving the Business Court’s dismissal standing. In exchange for that disappointment, the Court offered a surprise: its first foray into the learned-profession exemption in section 75-1.1.

You can check out more analysis of Sykes  and the learned-profession exemption at my post on the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog.  I’m a little biased, but both our blogs are worth the free subscription.