Innocent plaintiffs are often frustrated by the need to pay attorney’s fees despite their legitimate claims against wrongful defendants. Understandably, many plaintiffs believe that they would not need to spend money on legal fees if the defendant had not acted wrongfully. Thus, successful plaintiffs often seek to have the defendant pay their legal fees for them.


Unfortunately for such plaintiffs, the general rule in North Carolina is that each party to a civil case pays his or her own attorney’s fees, regardless of who prevailed at trial. However, this general rule is subject to several