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Supreme Court Published Opinions - January 2022

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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.

1-5-2022 - Opinions

28078 - Swain v. Bollinger

Petitioner Reginald Swain (Grandfather) appeals the denial of a request to terminate a father's parental rights and to adopt the child. The family court determined Grandfather proved a statutory ground for TPR, but concluded TPR and adoption would not be in the child's best interests because the child was already in a stable custody situation with the Grandparents, Father had seemingly reformed his ways while in prison, and the child may benefit in the future from having a relationship with him. The court of appeals affirmed, and we granted certiorari. We now reverse.

1-19-2022 - Opinions

28079 - In the Matter of Christi Anne Misocky

In this attorney disciplinary matter, the Court disbars Respondent.

1-26-2022 - Opinions

28080 - Carla Denise Garrison v. Target Corporation

We granted cross-petitions for a writ of certiorari to review Garrison v. Target Corporation, 429 S.C. 324, 838 S.E.2d 18 (Ct. App. 2020) and determine whether the court of appeals erred in (1) affirming the trial court's denial of Target's motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV) as to liability based on a theory of constructive notice; (2) holding the statutory cap on punitive damages pursuant to section 15-32-530 of the South Carolina Code (Supp. 2020) is an affirmative defense; (3) instructing the trial court to consider on remand the potential harm caused by Target's conduct in evaluating the constitutionality of the amount of punitive damages; and (4) refusing to award interest on punitive damages under Rule 68, SCRCP. We affirm as modified in part, reverse in part, and remand this matter to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.