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7-5-2018 - Opinions
The Court answers the certified question in the negative and finds South Carolina law does not require the pro rata apportionment of punitive damages in a split limits insurance policy.
The Court affirms the court of appeals as modified, clarifying the proper inquiry for determining whether the subject matter of an expert's testimony is outside common knowledge.
On writ of certiorari to the court of appeals, the Court reverses in part, vacates in part, and affirms as modified in part.7-11-2018 - Opinions
In this attorney disciplinary case, the Court imposes a suspension from the practice of law for nine months.
In this attorney disciplinary case, the Court imposes a suspension from the practice of law for twelve months.7-18-2018 - Opinions
Tyrone J. King was convicted of murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, third-degree assault and battery, and pointing and presenting a firearm. The court of appeals remanded the case to the trial court to conduct a full Rule 404(b), SCRE, analysis regarding the trial court's admission of certain other bad act evidence. State v. King, 416 S.C. 92, 784 S.E.2d 252 (Ct. App. 2016). We granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari. We vacate the court of appeals' decision to remand the case for a Rule 404(b) analysis, we reverse King's convictions for murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and we remand the matter to the trial court for a new trial on those two charges. King's convictions for pointing and presenting a firearm and third-degree assault and battery are unaffected by our holding, as King does not challenge those convictions.