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4-8-2020 - Opinions
Summary courts have the inherent authority to order competency evaluations, which must be paid for by the prosecuting entity.
In this attorney disciplinary matter, the Court accepted an Agreement for Discipline by Consent entered into between Respondent and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and ordered Respondent to pay $5,128 in restitution to a former client and reimburse ODC for the cost of its investigation and prosecution of the matter.
In this attorney disciplinary matter, the Court accepted an Agreement for Discipline by Consent entered into between Respondent and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and ordered Respondent to pay $7,644.50 in restitution to three former clients and reimburse ODC for the cost of its investigation and prosecution of the matter.
The Court reciprocally suspended Respondent from the practice of law in South Carolina for four months, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension, following Respondent's four-month suspension from the practice of law in New York by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York.4-29-2020 - Opinions
After granting a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision in Crane v. Raber's Discount Tire Rack, Op. No. 2018-UP-085 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Feb. 14, 2018), we affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand to the commission for a new hearing as to whether Danny Crane is entitled to temporary total disability benefits, permanent impairment, or future medical care. The commissioner who initially heard Crane's case found he was not credible. It was improper for the commissioner to deny Crane's claims for hearing loss based on credibility without explaining any basis on which the credibility finding could justify ignoring objective medical evidence.