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Court of Appeals Published Opinions - April 2024

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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.

4-3-2024 - Opinions

6055 - Archie Patterson v. SCDEW

In this declaratory judgment action, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) appeals the circuit court's orders granting judgment in favor of named plaintiffs Archie Patterson and Tammie Bollerman (collectively, Claimants), arguing the circuit court erred by (1) certifying a class, and in the alternative, failing to require a claims made process, (2) declaring DEW was required to promulgate regulations implementing its online work search requirement, and (3) concluding Claimants were not required to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to bringing this action. We reverse.

6056 - The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, LLC v. Richard S. W. Stoney

The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, LLC (the Company), by and through its member Laurence D. Stoney, Jr. (Laurence), appeals the circuit court's ruling that Laurence lacked standing to bring this derivative action against Richard S.W. Stoney (Richard), individually and as member manager of the Company, and Crew Carolina, LLC. Laurence also argues the circuit court erred in granting a motion to dissociate Laurence as a member of the Company. We reverse and remand.

4-29-2024 - Opinions

6057 - Khalil Abbas-Ghaleb v. Anna Ghaleb

In this contentious marital litigation, Khalil Abbas Ghaleb (Husband) appeals the family court's final orders, arguing the court erred in (1) awarding Anna Ghaleb (Wife) primary custody of the parties' young daughter; (2) granting Wife decision-making authority, other than as to medical decisions; (3) allowing Wife to claim Daughter as a dependent for tax purposes; (4) equitably apportioning the marital estate; (5) precluding Husband from taking Daughter to Lebanon; and (6) ordering Husband to pay $40,000 of Wife's attorney's fees. In her cross-appeal, Wife challenges: (1) the equitable distribution; (2) the visitation and medical decision making authority awards; and (3) the denial of her request for post-trial attorney's fees. We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand to the family court to revalue and reapportion certain financial accounts.