The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
§ 84-10.1. Private cause of action for the unauthorized practice of law.If any person knowingly violates any of the provisions of G.S. 84-4 through G.S. 84-6 or G.S. 84-9, fraudulently holds himself or herself out as a North Carolina certified paralegal by use of the designations set forth in G.S. 84-37(a), or knowingly aids and abets another person to commit the unauthorized practice of law, in addition to any other liability imposed pursuant to this Chapter or any other applicable law, any person who is damaged by the unlawful acts set out in this section shall be entitled to maintain a private cause of action to recover damages and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
The damages provision could hit violators where it really hurts: right in the pocketbook…assuming that individuals unethical enough to engage in UPL aren’t already judgment-proof.