South Carolina Supreme Court Decisions 2021

Singh v. Singh  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 28057

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Simran Singh (Mother) and Petitioner Gunjit Singh (Father) separated in January of 2012. They entered into a settlement agreement which resolved all issues arising from their marriage, including custody and vi...

Wilson v. City of Columbia  
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 28056

Justia Opinion Summary: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson sought a declaration by the South Carolina Supreme Court concerning the use of facemasks in the public schools of South Carolina during the coronavirus pandemic. The Court cons...

In re Application of Carolina Water Service, Inc.
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-010
In re Application of Blue Granite  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 28055

Justia Opinion Summary: The South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) was a quasi-judicial body established by the South Carolina General Assembly, to which the legislature delegated "power and jurisdiction to supervise and regulate the ra...

In the Matter of Daniel Crawford Patterson
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 28054
Creswick v. University of South Carolina  
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 28053

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Richard Creswick, a professor at the University of South Carolina (the University), sought a declaration in the South Carolina Supreme Court's original jurisdiction that Proviso 117.190 of the 2021-2022 Approp...

In the Matter of Rosalind L. Sellers
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 28046
In the Matter of Kenneth William Ebener
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 28047
In the Matter of Darren S. Haley
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 28048
In the Matter of Magistrate Jerry Fletcher Rivers
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 28049
United Services Automobile Association v. Pickens  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 28050

Justia Opinion Summary: After sustaining injuries in a vehicle driven by her son, Kevin Simms, Petitioner Belinda Pickens sought UM coverage through her policy with Respondent United Services Automobile Association (USAA). At the time of the ac...

South Carolina v. Lewis  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 28051

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant William Lewis, the former Sheriff of Greenville County, asked the South Carolina Supreme Court to hold the 1829 statute under which he was convicted for misconduct in office relating to a sexual affair with an...

Keene v, CNA Holdings, LLC  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 28052

Justia Opinion Summary: Hystron Fibers, Inc. hired Daniel Construction Company in 1965 to build a polyester fiber plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. When the plant began operating in 1967, Hystron retained Daniel to provide all maintenance a...

Ray v. City of Rock Hill  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 28045

Justia Opinion Summary: Lucille Ray sued the City of Rock Hill, South Carolina (the City) for inverse condemnation, claiming her property was taken as a result of stormwater flowing through pipes under City streets and into a terra cotta pipe t...

In the Matter of William E. Hopkins, Jr.
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 28042
In the Matter of Daniel Edward Johnson
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 28043
In the Matter of Suzanna Rachel MacLean
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 28044
Mercury Funding, LLC v. Chesney
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 28040
Burns v. Greenville County Council  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 28041

Justia Opinion Summary: Greenville County Council implemented what it called a "road maintenance fee" to raise funds for road maintenance and a "telecommunications fee" to upgrade public safety telecommunication services. Plaintiffs, three memb...

In the Matter of William Gary White, III
Date: June 23, 2021
Docket Number: 28038
South Carolina v. Makins  
Date: June 23, 2021
Docket Number: 28039

Justia Opinion Summary: Ontario Stefon Patrick Makins was indicted for lewd act upon a minor, third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) with a minor, and first-degree CSC with a minor. A jury convicted him of third-degree CSC with a minor. The...

In the Matter of David Paul Traywick
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: 28037
Ragsdale v. Keel
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-009
Reeves v. South Carolina Municipal Insurance  
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: 28034

Justia Opinion Summary: A Town of Cottageville police officer shot and killed the former town Mayor Bert Reeves. A federal jury awarded Reeves' estate $97,500,000 in damages. The South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund, which...

State v. Owens
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: 28035
Croft v. Town of Summerville  
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: 28036

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, several Summerville residents and public interest groups (Petitioners) asked the South Carolina Supreme Court to invalidate approval granted by the Town of Summerville Board of Architectural Review (the B...

Powell v. Keel  
Date: June 9, 2021
Docket Number: 28033

Justia Opinion Summary: A South Carolina circuit court's granted summary judgment in favor of Respondent Dennis Powell, Jr. on his claims challenging the internet publication and lifetime duration of his mandated registration as a sex offender...

SC Coastal Conservation League v. SCDHEC  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 28031

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case relates to Captain Sam’s Spit on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Twice before, the Administrative Law Court (ALC), over the objections of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Co...

In the Matter of David W. Melnyk
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 28032
South Carolina v. Stewart  
Date: May 19, 2021
Docket Number: 28029

Justia Opinion Summary: Terrance Stewart was convicted by jury of distribution of heroin and two crimes based on his knowing possession of illegal drugs: trafficking in heroin and what we commonly refer to as "simple possession" of oxycodone. T...

Paradis v. Charleston County School District  
Date: May 19, 2021
Docket Number: 28030

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Leisel Paradis’ civil conspiracy claim was dismissed by the circuit court for failing to plead special damages, and the dismissal was upheld by the court of appeals. The South Carolina Supreme Court granted a...

Grange Mutual Casualty v. 20/20 Auto Glass, LLC
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-006
Deen v. Deen
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-007
Escalante v. Rodgers
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-008
Butler v. The Travelers Home  
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 28026

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina certified a question to the South Carolina Supreme Court on whether a homeowner's insurance policy that did not define the term "actual cash value," an...

Lemon v. Mt. Pleasant Waterworks
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 28027
Nationwide Insurance Company of America v. Knight  
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 28028

Justia Opinion Summary: Kristina Knight agreed to an endorsement to her Nationwide automobile insurance policy providing the coverage in the policy would not apply to her husband. During the policy period, Danny Knight was tragically killed in...

Mack v. South Carolina  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: 28025

Justia Opinion Summary: John Willie Mack, Sr. petitioned the South Carolina Supreme Court for review of the dismissal of his second application for post-conviction relief. He alleged his DNA counsel failed to timely appeal the denial of his app...

Mahoney v. The Muhler Company, Inc.
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-004
State v. Washington
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-005
In the Matter of Jennings B. Anderson
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 28020
In the Matter of Peter D. Korn
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 28021
In the Matter of John A. Jackson
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 28022
South Carolina Lottery Commission v. Glassmeyer  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 28023

Justia Opinion Summary: George Glassmeyer sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the South Carolina Lottery Commission for information relating to million-dollar lottery winners. The Lottery Commission claimed the information sought...

In the Matter of James Watson Smiley, IV
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 28024
In the Matter of Joseph Sidney Mendelsohn
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 28018
In the Matter of Thurmond Brooker
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 28019
Torrence v. SCDOC  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 28017

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the South Carolina Supreme Court's review centered on whether an order of the Administrative Law Court (ALC) that includes a remand to a state agency is a final decision, and thus appeal...

In the Matter of Bradley A. Norton
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 28014
Ralph v. McLaughlin  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 28015

Justia Opinion Summary: This action involves a dispute stemming from the removal of a drainage pipe running across neighboring properties. The pipe was part of an easement originally owned by the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIP...

Hazel v. Blitz U.S.A., Inc.  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 28016

Justia Opinion Summary: On November 5, 2010, James Nix poured kerosene from a gasoline can onto a burn pile in his yard. The kerosene ignited, and the flame entered the gas can through its unguarded pour spout. The gas can exploded and sprayed...

State v. Rhodes
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-001
Connelly v. Winsor Custom Homes, LLC
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-002
Home Builders Association v. State of SC
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-MO-003
Myat v. Tuomey Regional Medical Center
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 28009
Palmetto Construction Group, LLC v. Restoration Specialists, LLC  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 28010

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was a civil action to collect a debt under a contract that contained an arbitration provision. The defendants appealed the master in equity's order refusing to set aside the entry of their default...

Arredondo v. SNH SE Ashley River Tenant, LLC  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 28011

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal concerned the enforceability of an arbitration agreement executed between Ashley River Plantation, an assisted-living facility, and Thayer Arredondo, the attorney-in-fact under two powers of attorney executed...

Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. v. Walls  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 28012

Justia Opinion Summary: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company ("Nationwide") relied on flight-from-law enforcement and felony step-down provisions in an automobile liability insurance policy to limit its coverage to the statutory mandatory minimu...

Baddourah v. Baddourah  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 28013

Justia Opinion Summary: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an order suspending Mohsen Baddourah from his position as a member of the Columbia City Council after Baddourah was indicted for second-degree domestic violence. Baddourah in...

In the Matter of Mark E. Schnee
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 28007
South Carolina Public Interest Foundation v. Calhoun County Council  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 28008

Justia Opinion Summary: Voters in Calhoun County, South Carolina, approved a referendum in the November 2018 general election imposing a one percent sales and use tax ("a penny tax") to fund a list of fifteen projects. Nearly five months later,...

Lisa Fisher
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 28006
South Carolina v. Harrison  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 28005

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Harrison, a former state legislator, was convicted and sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment in a public corruption probe. The case was prosecuted by David Pascoe, Solicitor of the First Judicial Cir...

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