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3-1-2010 - Opinions
In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands Dan David.
This is a termination of parental rights case.
In this case, the Court held Respondent's breach of fiduciary duty claims were equitable. Also, because there is no right to trial by jury for equitable actions, the circuit court did not err in denying Appellant a jury trial.
We dismiss the writ as improvidently granted.
On February 21, 2006 a Greenville County Grand Jury indicted Appellant on the charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) with a minor and lewd act upon a child. Appellant went to trial and the jury returned guilty verdicts on both charges. Appellant was sentenced to twenty years on the CSC charge and fifteen years on the lewd act charge, the sentences to run concurrently. In this case, the Supreme Court affirmed the trial court.
This is an attorney disciplinary matter.3-8-2010 - Opinions
This case involves a cross-appeal of a jury award of actual and punitive damages to the purchaser of a used automobile.3-9-2010 - Orders
ORDER - In the Matter of E. W. Cromartie, II
3-15-2010 - Opinions
This is a cross-appeal in a case where the ALC ordered that two Certificates of Need for radiation oncology centers be issued.
We granted a petition for a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals in Sinkler v. County of Charleston, Op. No. 2008-UP-297 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 5, 2008), in which the Court of Appeals reversed the circuit court's ruling that an ordinance rezoning property from an agricultural classification to a planned development district violated the Enabling Act and local zoning laws.3-22-2010 - Opinions
This Court granted Richland County's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals in Quail Hill, LLC v. County of Richland, 379 S.C. 314, 665 S.E.2d 194 (Ct. App. 2008). We affirm in part and reverse in part.
Sea Cove Development appeals from an order finding its claims were barred by S.C. Code Ann. § 37-10-107 (2002), which prohibits certain legal and equitable actions arising out of the loan of money where there is no writing evidencing the parties' alleged agreement.
In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands James L. Foti.3-22-2010 - Orders
ORDER - Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
3-23-2010 - Opinions
Appellant appeared before the family court on a rule to show cause for failure to pay child support. He was found in willful failure, held in contempt of court, and ordered imprisoned. Appellant appealed, asserting he had a right to appointed counsel before being imprisoned for civil contempt. This Court affirms the family court and holds Appellant was not entitled to appointed counsel.
The Court affirmed an order granting the South Carolina Judicial Department summary judgment.3-29-2010 - Orders
ORDER - Amendment to Rule 402, SCACR