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Case of woman who died in wreck after sister allegedly robbed Wal-Mart continues in South Carolina

By Kristin Emery | Mar 22, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – The South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed a circuit court’s decision over the battle to use evidence of alleged negligent hiring of security personnel in a lawsuit over the death of the sister of an alleged shoplifter at a Walmart.

South Carolina Supreme Court affirms agricultural use of river water

By Dee Thompson | Aug 24, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – The South Carolina Supreme Court on July 19 ruled against those who challenged the Surface Water Withdrawal Act.

Washington Legal Foundation seeks overturning of $124M South Carolina Risperdal verdict

By Emma Gallimore | Jan 21, 2016

The Washington Legal Foundation recently filed a friend-of-the-court brief to support the overturning of a $124 million South Carolina Supreme Court decision regarding the information drug manufacturers share with doctors about the potential side effects of drugs.

South Carolina SC allows class action against car dealers for allegedly unfair closing fees

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 24, 2015

The car dealership, on appeal, argued the trial judge misinterpreted the “closing fee” term, and that the case shouldn’t have reached the trial phase to begin with.

South Carolina SC revives home builders' suit against school district

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 18, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court, in a ruling last week, revived a lawsuit filed by home builders against a school district for so-called "impact fees" on new homes built in the district.

South Carolina SC favors landfill in lawsuit over odors

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 20, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court, in a ruling last week, sided with a mega landfill in a case brought against it by residents who complained of its odors.

S.C. high court upholds sales tax exemptions

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled this week that the state's sales and use tax exemption and cap scheme, as a whole, does not violate the state constitution's equal protection guarantee and prohibition against special legislation.

S.C. chief justice says courts essential to economic development

By John O'Brien | Feb 9, 2012

Toal COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal said Wednesday that a strong courts system will help draw businesses into the state.

S.C. couple wins $1.2M in case over wreck

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 9, 2011

Hearn COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled this week that a couple, left severely injured after an accident stemming from a damaged traffic signal, is entitled to a combined jury verdict of $1.2 million.

S.C. SC won't rehear negligent hiring case against Wal-Mart

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 4, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - The South Carolina Supreme Court last month said it will not reconsider its decision to not hear a case in which retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was accused of negligently hiring and retaining an employee with a criminal history.

S.D. SC tells insurer to pay for sagging ceiling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2011

Meierhenry PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme last week ruled that an insurance provider must cover a business' claim for expenses to fix a sagging ceiling.

Doctors not liable for misdiagnosis of sexual abuse

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 4, 2011

Justice Kaye Hearn wrote, "In our view, the good faith willingness of medical providers to identify the existence of sexual abuse should not be chilled or otherwise compromised by subjecting them to malpractice actions." COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of a doctor who allegedly misdiagnosed a 4-year-old girl as a victim of sexual abuse.

S.C. SC rules for Ford in $18M case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 17, 2010

Toal COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - The South Carolina Supreme Court, in an opinion re-filed earlier this week, upheld a previous ruling that an $18 million jury verdict against car manufacturer Ford Motor Co. must be reversed.

S.C. SC: Arbitration clause OK, but banning class actions isn't

By John O'Brien | Apr 20, 2010

Kittredge COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - An auto dealership was right to request arbitration but should not have entered into an agreement forbidding class action lawsuits, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

McMaster's communication with NAAG kept confidential

By John O'Brien | Apr 13, 2010

McMaster COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - Communication among the nation's state attorneys general can be kept confidential under the attorney-client privilege, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

S.C. justices overturn $18M Ford verdict

By John O'Brien | Mar 15, 2010

Toal COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has struck down an $18 million verdict against Ford, finding that an expert for the plaintiffs wasn't much of an expert.

Sanford left scratching head after stimulus controversy

By John O'Brien | Jun 9, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's recent experience with federal stimulus funds left him wondering what role state governments play in the Obama administration.

South Carolina stimulus issue to be decided by state SC

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - The South Carolina Supreme Court will determine if Gov. Mark Sanford must bow to the General Assembly and accept nearly $700 million in federal stimulus funds.

S.C. justices will wait before deciding stimulus funds issue

By John O'Brien | Apr 23, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - The South Carolina Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to Gov. Mark Sanford's decision not to accept $700 million in federal stimulus funds.

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