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Supreme Court Published Opinions - August 2016

Note: Beginning in June 2012, opinions will be posted as Adobe PDFs. You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader here.

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.

8-10-2016 - Opinions

27652 - Roe v. Bibby

The Court dismisses the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.

27653 - In the Matter of Justin J. Trapp

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

27654 - State v. Rearick

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.

27655 - Parsons v. John Wieland Homes

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

27656 - In the Matter of Spero C. Keretses

In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands Spero Keretses for misconduct.

27657 - In the Matter of Eric G. Fosmire

In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands Eric G. Fosmire for misconduct.

27658 - In the Matter of Joenathan Shelly Chaplin

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.

27659 - In the Matter of Abigail P. Allocco

In this opinion, the Court suspends Abigail Allocco from the practice of law for nine months and imposes other requirements.

27660 - In the Matter of George Thomas Samaha, III

In this opinion, the Court disbars George Thomas Samaha, III from the practice of law in this state.

27661 - In the Matter of Matthew Jeffrey Lester

In this opinion, the Court disbars Matthew Jeffrey Lester based on his disbarment in North Carolina.

27662 - Allegro v. Scully

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

27663 - Carolina Convenience Stores v. City of Spartanburg

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.