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Supreme Court Published Opinions - December 2002

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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.

12-2-2002 - Opinions

25563 - Denene, Inc. v. City of Charleston

This opinion addresses whether a state statute preempts a municipal ordinance.

25564 - State v. Blurton

It was error to charge the “orders of another” jury instruction when the instruction was not implicated by the facts in the case.

12-9-2002 - Opinions

25565 - South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs v. Rent-A-Center, Inc.

This case reviews a Court of Appeals decision which held that liability damage waiver fees are not prohibited by the Consumer Protection Code.

25566 - Fraternal Order of Police, v. South Carolina Department of Revenue

Fraternal Order of Police et. al. challenge the constitutionality of the Bingo Act of 1989, and two additional bingo statutes enacted after the 1989 Act, S.C. Code Ann. sections 12-21-3441 and 12-21-3610 (Supp. 1995).

12-16-2002 - Opinions

25567 - Whitehead v. State

Laches may be pled in a post-conviction relief action where the applicant seeks relief pursuant to Austin v. State.

25568 - SCDSS v. Wilson

This case addresses the procedure to be followed when a minor wished to testify outside the presence of the defendant in a family court intervention proceeding.

25569 - Bodie-Noell v. Magnolia

This case involves the issue of whether breach of contract damages can be recovered where a party exercised its option to cancel under the contract.

12-23-2002 - Opinions

25570 - In the Matter of Bennett

Opinion definitely suspending attorney for eight months for failing to maintain proper control over his trust account, failing to maintain his trust account according to Rule 417, SCACR, and failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

12-30-2002 - Opinions

25571 - Collins v. Doe

For purposes of S.C. Code Ann. § 38-77-170 (2) (Supp. 2001), a witness’s sworn trial testimony is not the functional equivalent of a sworn affidavit.