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South Dakota court rules for restaurant in slip-and-fall lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | May 29, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of South Dakota has upheld a lower court's ruling that a restaurant was not negligence in a patron's slip-and-fall case.

S.D. Supreme Court rules for man who sued ex-wife's lover over affair

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 13, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The South Dakota Supreme Court partially upheld a ruling in a suit filed by a man against his ex-wife's lover.

South Dakota Supreme Court affirms city isn't liable in suit filed by cyclist injured at park

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 16, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed Oct. 3 that the city of Sioux Falls is immune from liability in a lawsuit filed by injured cyclist Robert Fischer.

South Dakota SC rules lower court erred in granting judgment to Big Stone Therapies in case over broken femur

By Davion Smith | Aug 13, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a summary judgment in favor of a hospital and reversed another in favor of a physical therapy company in a medical negligence case.

S.D. Supreme Court affirms almost $2.3 million award in Menards injury case

By Karen Kidd | Mar 5, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – A more than $2.2 million award handed down in 2016 by a Davison County jury for a now-deceased man injured at a Menards store in Mitchell, South Dakota, was recently affirmed by the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Punctuation helps Sioux Falls newspaper win lawsuit over access to court records

By S. Laney Griffo | Oct 10, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota ruled in favor of a newspaper in its case against the city of Sioux Falls on Sept. 20.

Fired by sister-in-law, brother gets second shot at severance pay lawsuit

By Chandra Lye | Feb 21, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has granted a man the chance to prove he had an agreement with his terminally ill brother that included a $100,000 severance payment if he was fired by his sister-in-law.

S.D. SC OKs issuance of air quality permit to refinery

By Nathan Bass | Feb 1, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's ruling allowing the issuance of an air quality permit to Hyperion Refining LLC, enabling the company to begin construction on a petroleum refinery and power plant in Union County.

S.D. SC says wife can't collect on arson claim

By Nathan Bass | Dec 31, 2012

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed that an "innocent insured" cannot collect her share of an insurance claim due to the conviction of her co-insured husband in connection with the arson of their business.

S.D. SC denies petition in case of accidental Russian roulette death

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 10, 2012

Gilbertson PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court last week upheld an order denying the petition of a man who says witnessing his friend's Russian roulette-style death lead to his post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.

S.D. SC says electric shock survivor can recover benefits

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 27, 2012

Severson PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled this month that coverage is available when the negligent maintenance of an uninsured vehicle results in an accident that causes damages to a claimant.

S.D. high court affirms judgment in favor of meat company

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 15, 2012

Zinter PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court last week found in favor of the maker of a popular line of processed meats in a workers' compensation case.

S.D. SC rules against woman in Workers' Comp claim

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 21, 2011

Severson PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court last week upheld the dismissal of a woman's Workers' Compensation claim.

Pizza Hut not at fault for alleged attack by employee

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 26, 2011

Meierhenry PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court last week upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of popular restaurant chain Pizza Hut following an alleged attack by one of its employees.

S.D. SupCo tells judge who called police 'racists' to retire

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2011

Fuller PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) -- The South Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a circuit court judge to retire after he admittedly referred to city police officers as a "bunch of racists" during a proceeding last year.

No lump sum for woman who flattened hand

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 21, 2011

Severson PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has denied a lump sum award of future disability benefits to a woman who smashed her hand in her employer's pizza dough flattener.

S.D. SupCo affirms statute of limitations ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 30, 2010

Zinter PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) -- The South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that the statute of limitations has expired in a medical malpractice case involving the placement of a birth control device.

S.D. SC: Woman should've known her lawsuit wasn't filed

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 17, 2010

Gilbertson PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the ruling of a circuit court, denying a woman's motion to extend the statute of limitations in a personal injury case despite her lawyer's disbarment.

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