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4-2-2007 - Opinions
The sole issue we address is whether the trial court erred in denying Petitioner Post-Conviction Relief where counsel acted under an actual conflict of interest.
At issue in this appeal is whether Fairfield Electric Cooperative, Inc. has legal authority to provide electric service to a newly constructed Lowe’s Store located in an area recently annexed by the City of Camden.4-9-2007 - Opinions
Lord Byron Slater was convicted of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The court of appeals reversed Slater’s conviction and remanded the case for a new trial finding that Slater was entitled to a self-defense charge. See State v. Slater, 360 S.C. 487, 602 S.E.2d 90 (2004). The State appealed and this Court granted a Writ of Certiorari to review the court of appeals’ decision.
In this opinion, Kenneth S. Roper is publicly reprimanded for failing to properly oversee a closing, including the execution of related documents, and providing false or misleading information on a document required by the laws of this State.
The Court held that the plain language of the applicable tax sale statute did not entitle successful bidders to the interest earned on the purchase price when the tax sales were voided by the County.
The Court holds that insurers may limit the portability of basic UIM coverage from at-home vehicles when an insured is involved in an accident while in a vehicle he owns, but does not insure under the policy.
The Court affirms, as modified, the Court of Appeals’ decision allowing an insured to collect UM benefits from her at-home policy when she was involved in an accident as a passenger on an uninsured motorcycle.
In this opinion, the Court reverses the decision of the Court of Appeals in Carolina Water Service, Inc. v. Lexington County Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission, 3667 S.C. 141, 625 S.E.2d 227 (2006) on the basis that the order of the circuit court lifting the stay in this matter was not immediately appealable.
The Court affirmed the special referee’s dismissal of this private enforcement action based on Appellants’ lack of standing.
This criminal case involves the issue of whether one who is charged as an accessory before the fact to murder is ineligible for the death penalty.
The writ of certiorari is dismissed as improvidently granted.4-9-2007 - Orders
ORDER - Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
The Court has amended Rules 411, 413, and 502, SCACR, to eliminate the subpanel process, to allow the imposition of a confidential admonition if a lawyer or judge fails to object, and to allow the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection to accept and disburse funds for the purpose of restitution.ORDER - Administrative Suspension for Failure to Pay South Carolina Bar License Fees and Assessments
4-23-2007 - Opinions
This opinion suspends Steven Robinson Cureton from the practice of law for two years based on his commission of certain criminal offenses and his failure to adequately communicate with clients regarding his interim suspension.
In this direct appeal, the Court addressed issues related to an excited utterance by a child victim and affirmed appellant's conviction for first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
This is an attorney disciplinary matter in which the Court imposed a definite suspension.
This is an attorney disciplinary matter in which the Court imposed a public reprimand.
Respondent Richard Aiken filed a law suit against Appellants World Finance Corporation of South Carolina and World Acceptance Corporation alleging various torts arising from the misuse of Aiken’s personal financial information by employees of World Finance. The circuit court denied World Finance’s motion to compel arbitration on the grounds that Aiken’s claims were not within the scope of the arbitration clause. The court of appeals affirmed and this Court granted certiorari. This Court affirms as modified the decision of the court of appeals.
Respondent Tawanda Simpson filed a law suit against Appellants World Finance Corporation of South Carolina and World Acceptance Corporation alleging various torts arising from the misuse of Simpson’s personal financial information by employees of World Finance. The circuit court denied World Finance’s motion to compel arbitration on the grounds that Simpson’s claims were not within the scope of the arbitration clause. The court of appeals affirmed and this Court granted certiorari. This Court affirms the court of appeals’ decision pursuant to Rule 220(b), SCACR, and the following authority: Aiken v. World Finance Corp. of South Carolina, Op. No. 26313 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed April 23, 2007) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 16 at _).
Government Employee’s Insurance Company appeals the family court’s denial of its petition to join or intervene in a family court action involving the validity of a common law marriage. We affirm.
This case involves the issues of whether the trial court erred by (1) admitting identification testimony where the photographic line-up was unduly suggestive, (2) sending written charges to the jury, and (3) limiting the cross-examination of the victim by not allowing questions regarding her schizophrenia diagnosis, her treatment, and her medications.
The issues on appeal involve whether or not Appellants, Ned Majors and Tax Lien Agents, Inc., were properly order to cease and desist from selling unregistered securities.
The trial court denied Petitioners’ motion to compel arbitration of several claims Respondent asserted as a result of Petitioners’ aggressive debt collection practices, and the court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision. Relying on the Court’s decision in Aiken v. Simpson, Op. No. 26313 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed Apr. 23, 2007), the Court affirmed.
The Court affirmed the Court of Appeals’ decision that the trial court did not err in denying Childers’ request to relieve counsel. Also, a majority of the court reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision that the trial court erroneously denied Childers’ request for a voluntary manslaughter charge.4-30-2007 - Opinions
The Court reversed the circuit court’s grant of partial summary judgment and remanded for further proceedings.
The issue on appeal is whether it is within the Department of Revenue’s authority to impose an administrative sanction for the unlawful transfer of alcohol to a minor, without the necessity of the minor being prosecuted.
The Court affirms the trial court’s decision granting summary judgment to Respondents based on a lack of product exposure pursuant to the Door Closing Statute, S.C. Code Ann. § 15-5-150, and finds no error in the trial court’s exclusion of certain evidence as cumulative.