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7-11-2012 - Opinions
The Court, C.J. Toal, held that the shooting and killing of a suspect by a deputy sheriff while on duty is not an extraordinary and unusual employment condition such that mental injuries arising from that incident are compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act.
The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's grant of summary judgement in favor of First Reliance Bank and Thomas C. Ewart on Mark Fountain's defamation claim. The Supreme Court found the statement was not defamatory, but even if it was, a qualified privilege existed.
The Court affirms the trial court's admission of a tape recording between Appellant and the victim and a forensic interview tape.
We affirm the circuit court's denial of Appellants' motion to stay the proceedings and compel arbitration as the transaction, the sale of a residential home, did not involve interstate commerce to subject the parties' agreement to the Federal Arbitration Act.7-18-2012 - Opinions
This is an opinion publicly reprimanding a lawyer.
The Court, C.J. Toal, affirmed, holding in this workers' compensation case that Employee is disabled pursuant to section 42-1-120 of the South Carolina Code because (1) Employee could not obtain employment as a result of injuries she suffered, and (2) she made reasonable effort to obtain employment as a phlebotomist. In addition, the Court found that Employer did not offer Employee light duty work, and Employee did not constructively refuse such work.7-18-2012 - Orders
ORDER - In the Matter of Kenneth C. Krawcheck
This is an order placing a lawyer on interim suspension.7-25-2012 - Opinions
The Court reversed the Master-in-Equity and held the assignee of a note and mortgage has a right to claim surplus funds generated by the foreclosure of a prior mortgage on the property. It also clarified Matrix Financial Services Corp. v. Frazer, 394 S.C. 134, 714 S.E.2d 532 (2011) and held that whether the assigned mortgage was closed without an attorney would not prevent the assignee from recovering the surplus funds because the mortgage was filed prior to the Matrix decision.
In this declaratory judgment action regarding UIM coverage, the issue on appeal concerns whether a party was "upon" and thus "occupying" the insured vehicle.7-26-2012 - Opinions
The Court affirms the family court order denying the private adoption of an Indian child and the award of custody to the biological father.