Supreme Court Published Opinions - April 2016
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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.
4-13-2016 - Opinions
27620 - Hartzell v. Palmetto Collision
The Court reverses the court of appeals' decision reversing the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission's determination that Hartzell was entitled to medical benefits for a work-related back injury and remands for further proceedings.
27621 - Brock v. Town of Mount Pleasant
The Court affirms the court of appeals' decision as modified.
The Court reverses, finding the post-conviction relief court's order was controlled by several errors of law.
The Court affirms the decision of the court of appeals in State v. Beekman, 405 S.C. 225, 746 S.E.2d 483 (Ct. App. 2013).4-20-2016 - Opinions
The Court affirms as modified the court of appeals' opinion in State v. Phillips, 411 S.C. 124, 767 S.E.2d 444 (Ct. App. 2014).
27624 - In the Matter of Gene Stockholm
This opinion disbars Gene Stockholm from the practice of law.
27625 - In the Matter of Robert Breckenridge
This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court publicly reprimands a lawyer.
27626 - In the Matter of Timothy Moses
The Court disbars Respondent.
27627 - CareAlliance Health Services v. SCDOR
The Court reverses the administrative law court, which granted summary judgment in favor of CareAlliance Health Services.
The Court rejects appellant's Due Process challenge and affirms appellant's conviction and sentence.
The Court affirm the trial court's award of summary judgment to Respondent.4-20-2016 - Orders
ORDER - Amendment to Rule 410, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
ORDER - Amendments to Appendix H to Part IV, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
ORDER - Limited Certificate of Admission for Military Spouse Attorneys
ORDER - Amendments to the South Carolina Bar Constitution
4-27-2016 - Opinions
The Court affirms the post-conviction relief (PCR) court's dismissal of Gibbs' PCR application, finding Gibbs was not prejudiced by trial counsel's failure to object to evidence of witness intimidation.
The Court reverses the court of appeals decision in Hueble v. SCDNR, Op. No. 2012-UP-081 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 15, 2012), and finds Hueble was a prevailing party and special circumstances do not exist to deny attorneys' fees. It further remands to the trial court to consider the award of attorneys' fees.