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3-5-2001 - Opinions
This is an action to determine coverage for a utility trailer under an automobile insurance policy.
Court reversed and remanded for reconsideration family court's refusal to find ex-wife in contempt of visitation order, where ex-wife failed to offer any evidence to rebut ex-husband's prima facie showing of contempt.
This appeal concerns the termination of parental rights of an incarcerated father on the grounds of failure to visit and failure to pay child support.
This appeal deals with whether section 17-25-45 can be read with section 17-25-50 for the purpose of sentencing a person with prior convictions.
3-12-2001 - Opinions
This civil appeal deals with the right of rural electric cooperatives to serve in nonrural areas.
This is a search and seizure case under Terry and Dickerson involving a 30 minute second search.
This is an appeal from a conviction for ABIK and ABHAN dealing with the admission of character evidence and the submission of a verdict form which omitted the words "not guilty."
John Hamilton, an inmate in a correctional institution, offered evidence of a psychiatric evaluation after the fact of the alleged crime. Additionally, Hamilton moved for a mistrial based on comments by the Solicitor in closing arguments nexing the Solicitor to the trial judge.
This appeal by the State of the pretrial exclusion of evidence involves the issues of whether an investigation by the Highway Patrol's Multi-disciplinary Accident Team of a collision involving a State Trooper violates S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-765 (Supp. 2000) and whether evidence obtained in violation of teh statute is admissible.
This case discusses the criteria for reducing workers' compensation lien in connection with third party settlement.
3-19-2001 - Opinions
This is an appeal from an award of attorney fees in an action to appoint a guardian ad litem and conservator.
Discusses how a covenant not to sue issued in favor of the principally liable party affects the principal who is only vicariously liable, and the application of the UTPA to a particular activity.
This opinion addresses the enforcement of an arbitration clause.
3-26-2001 - Opinions
Holding a surety cannot set the conditions of an appearance recognizance; therefore, any such conditions included by the surety do not constitute sufficient reason to avoid forfeiture.
In a decision affirmed by the full commission and the circuit court, this Court also finds that Schurlknight's claim for benefits is untimely under the statute of limitations.
This decision addresses the applicability of the South Carolina Frivolous Civil Proceedings Sanctions Act and Rule 11, SCRCP, against the South Carolina Department of Social Services in child abuse and neglect cases.
This appeal discusses the appropriate standard of review for an action challenging the revocation and execution of a power of attorney and whether the principal possessed the mental capacity to execute such documents.