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Supreme Court Published Opinions - May 2007

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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.

5-7-2007 - Opinions

26323 - Doe v. Marion

Petitioner alleged Respondents were negligent in failing to report to authorities or warn future victims of a pediatrician’s predilection for child molestation. This Court affirmed the Court of Appeals’ decision to affirm the trial court’s dismissal of the case.

26324 - In the Matter of Drew K. Kapur

This is an attorney disciplinary opinion in which the Court issued a public reprimand.

26325 - In the Matter of Dillon County Magistrate John R. Davis

In this opinion, the Court imposes a six month suspension on Dillon County Magistrate John R. Davis for improperly conducting a special bond hearing.

26326 - Douan v. Charleston County Council

This Court reversed the Court of Appeals' holding that Douan's claim for attorney's fees was not rendered moot, and affirmed the circuit court judge's finding that Douan was not entitled to attorney's fees because he was not the prevailing party in the action.

26327 - Schnellmann v. Roettger

In this case, the Court finds the Court of Appeals applied the incorrect measure of damages for fraud. However, in light of its ruling that petitioners did not justifiably rely on respondent's representations, the Court declines to address whether petitioners suffered any damages under the correct "benefit of the bargain" approach.

26328 - Torrence v. SCDC

In this case relating to various Prison Industries statutes, the Court affirmed in result the trial court's dismissal of the action.

5-7-2007 - Orders

ORDER - In the Matter of John M. Gulledge
This is an order appointing an attorney to protect the interests of a deceased lawyer's clients.
ORDER - In the Matter of Robert E. Lee
This is an order reinstating an attorney to the practice of law.
5-8-2007 - Orders

ORDER - Appeals from Administrative Decisions
ORDER - Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
ORDER - Amendments to the South Carolina Court-Annexed ADR Rules
ORDER - Amendments to the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure
5-14-2007 - Opinions

26329 - State v. Evins

Appellant Fredrick Antonio Evins was convicted of murder, first degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), and grand larceny. He was sentenced to death for the murder, thirty years imprisonment for CSC, and five years for grand larceny. This appeal consolidates his direct appeal with the mandatory review provisions of S.C. Code Ann. §16-3-25 (1985). We affirm the convictions and sentences.

5-21-2007 - Opinions

26330 - Hill v. Eagle Motor Lines

In this workers’ compensation case, Employer argues that the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission did not have jurisdiction over the claim of Employee and that Employee’s injuries are not compensable under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. The Court holds that the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission had jurisdiction over Respondent’s claim and that Respondent suffered compensable injuries.

26331 - Oxendine v. Davis

In this case, the Court held that the lower courts properly determined that Dwight Oxendine was employed in South Carolina for the purpose of determining Workers’ Compensation coverage.

5-21-2007 - Orders

ORDER - Harrison v. Harrison