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Court of Appeals Published Opinions - December 2017

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The summary following each opinion is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what a particular opinion decides. The summary is not necessarily a full description of the issues discussed in an opinion.

12-6-2017 - Opinions

5514 - State v. Prather

Robert Jared Prather appeals his convictions for murder and armed robbery. He raises numerous evidentiary issues, including that the State's expert witness's testimony was not proper rebuttal testimony. We reverse and remand.

5525 - Community Services v. Wall

Appellant Community Services Associates, Inc. (CSA) seeks review of an order of the Master-in-Equity denying CSA's request to permanently enjoin Respondents, Stephen H. Wall and Maria P. Snyder Wall (collectively, the Walls), from renting out the first floor of their single-family residence while simultaneously occupying the upstairs guest suite. CSA argues the master erred by (1) finding the Walls' residence had only one kitchen; (2) concluding the Walls' rental activity did not violate CSA's restrictive covenants; and (3) declining to consider a letter written by Respondent Maria P. Snyder Wall (Mrs. Wall) and published in a local newspaper after the merits hearing. We affirm.

12-13-2017 - Opinions

5526 - Jordan v. Doe

In this action pursuant to the uninsured motorist statute, Willie Jordan appeals the circuit court's order granting summary judgment to Jane Doe as a result of Jordan's failure to comply with section 38-77-170(3) of the South Carolina Code (2015). We reverse.

12-20-2017 - Opinions

5527 - Raynor v. Caldwell

Charles C. Byers, John T. Bakhaus, and Kenneth Smith (Appellants) appeal the circuit court's order granting attorney's fees to Harold Raynor and Michael Caldwell (Respondents). Appellants argue the circuit court erred because (1) no statute provided for attorney's fees and (2) there was no longer a contractual provision allowing for attorney's fees. We affirm.