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12-7-2009 - Opinions
We dismiss as improvidently granted the petition for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals decision in State v. Tucker, 376 S.C. 412, 656 S.E.2d 403 (Ct. App. 2008).
In this case, Petitioners challenged the results of a municipal election based on irregularities discovered in the voting rolls. The county election board voted to hold a new election, and Respondents appealed to the State Election Commission. The Commission overturned the decision of the county election board. We granted Petitioners’ petition for writ of certiorari and vacate the decision below.12-14-2009 - Opinions
Floree Hooper, as personal representative of her husband's estate, appeals from an order finding her claims for wrongful death and survival were untimely made.12-21-2009 - Opinions
In this case, Lois King and Deloris Sims, on behalf of themselves and those similarly situated, brought an action against American General Finance alleging the loan company violated the attorney preference statute by failing to timely ascertain the borrower’s preference for legal counsel. S.C. Code Ann. 37-10-102. King and Sims appeal the class decertification and the dispositions of their individual cases. We reverse and remand.
Issue on certiorari is whether zoning ordinance for Planned Development on Edisto Island is valid.
Appeal from murder conviction. Issues involve suppression of evidence and testimony concerning videotape.
We affirm the decision of the Court of Appeals in State v. Anderson, 378 S.C. 243, 662 S.E.2d 461 (Ct. App. 2008), in which the Court of Appeals affirmed Anderson's conviction and sentence for first-degree burglary after concluding the trial judge properly admitted a fingerprint card identified as belonging to Anderson.
This is an attorney disciplinary matter in which the Court dismisses one charge and issues a Letter of Caution as to a second charge.
We hold that an attempt to conduct a hearing without a judge violates due process and is a nullity. We vacate the judgment of the trial court and remand for a hearing.
In these combined appeals, Appellants brought suit against Respondent Ford Motor Company, seeking relief for losses suffered when their F-150 trucks caught on fire. The trial courts found the economic loss rule precluded Appellants’ tort claims and ruled in favor of Ford Motor Company. The lower courts’ rulings are affirmed in result, and Colleton Preparatory Academy, Inc. v. Hoover Universal Inc., 379 S.C. 181, 666 S.E.2d 247 (2008) is overruled to the extent it expands the narrow exception to the economic loss rule articulated in Kennedy v. Columbia Lumber & Mfg. Co., 299 S.C. 335, 384 S.E.2d 730 (1989).
Issue is whether trial counsel was ineffective in failing to object to Dervin’s twenty-five year sentence for trafficking more than 200 grams of cocaine when the trial judge only charged the jury to consider whether she was guilty of trafficking ten or more grams of cocaine.