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8-10-2016 - Opinions
The Court dismisses the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.
This opinion suspends Justin J. Trapp from the practice of law for one year, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension.8-17-2016 - Opinions
Following the circuit court judge's declaration of a mistrial over defense counsel's objection, Appellant moved to bar subsequent prosecution of the charge of felony driving under the influence resulting in death on the ground a second trial would violate the Double Jeopardy Clause of the South Carolina and United States Constitutions. We adhere to well-established appealability precedent and dismiss the appeal as interlocutory.
The Court reverses the Court of Appeals' finding that the arbitration agreement was unenforceable; however, contrary to the holding of the "majority" opinion, a majority of the Court would rule the outrageous torts exception doctrine survives.8-24-2016 - Opinions
In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands Spero Keretses for misconduct.
In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands Eric G. Fosmire for misconduct.
In this opinion, the Court suspends Joenathan Shelly Chaplin from the practice of law for one year, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension, and imposes other requirements.
In this opinion, the Court suspends Abigail Allocco from the practice of law for nine months and imposes other requirements.
In this opinion, the Court disbars George Thomas Samaha, III from the practice of law in this state.
In this opinion, the Court disbars Matthew Jeffrey Lester based on his disbarment in North Carolina.
The Court reverses the court of appeals' opinion in Allegro, Inc. v. Scully, 400 S.C. 33, 733 S.E.2d 114 (Ct. App. 2012), and holds the trial court erred in denying the petitioners' motions for a directed verdict on the claims of civil conspiracy, breach of contract, and breach of contract accompanied by a fraudulent act.8-31-2016 - Opinions
We affirm as modified the court of appeals' decision that destruction of private property by law enforcement, while in the performance of their duties, does not amount to a compensable taking under the South Carolina Constitution.