Re: Easement In North Carolina
a judge will not remove an easement because he does not have the legal rights to arbitrarily force anybody to relinquish any property or property rights.
as to the price; the neighbors cannot be compelled (generally) to sell the easement rights at all so they can set whatever price they wish to.
Since you have an attorney, the best answers would be from him. What I would do is research who is responsible for maintainance of the easement. In most states, the costs are apportioned according to the percentage used by any holder of rights. If this is the case in your state and you do not use the easement, the nerighbors would then be liable for all maintainance costs. The neighbors spinning their tires and damaging the easement simply results in the neighbors spending their money to fix the thing.
Maintainance may be spelled out in your deeds.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.