South Carolina Supreme Court Decisions 2022

In the Matter of Christopher G. Jacob, Respondent
Date: November 23, 2022
Docket Number: 28122
Nathenia J. Rossington v. Julio A. Rossington
Date: November 23, 2022
Docket Number: 28123
State Farm v. Windham  
Date: November 2, 2022
Docket Number: 28121

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Myra Windham was seriously injured while driving a rental car that was considered a temporary substitute vehicle under her State Farm policy. In this declaratory judgment action instituted by Petitioner State…

In the Matter of Elizabeth Anne Perkins
Date: October 12, 2022
Docket Number: 28119
South Carolina v. Brewer  
Date: October 12, 2022
Docket Number: 28120

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela Brewer was convicted of homicide by child abuse after her thirteen-month-old grandson died from drinking lemonade mixed with oxycodone. Brewer contended the court of appeals erred in upholding the trial court's…

Glenda R. Couram v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Date: October 5, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-009
South Carolina v. Rampey  
Date: October 5, 2022
Docket Number: 28118

Justia Opinion Summary: Victim, who was fifteen at the time of trial, alleged she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by respondent Charles Rampey, her stepfather, when she was eleven and twelve years old. Victim testified that…

South Carolina v. Frasier  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: 28117

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Michael Frasier was convicted of trafficking cocaine in excess of 100 grams after police discovered cocaine during a traffic stop for an inoperable brake light. The questions this appeal presented for the the…

Progressive Direct v. Groves  
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: 28115

Justia Opinion Summary: Jimi Redman shot and killed Lynn Harrison with a rifle while both were in their vehicles at a stoplight. Immediately before the shooting, Redman, who was driving a Ford Escape, approached Harrison's GMC in the lane to…

South Carolina v. McCarty  
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: 28116

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner John McCarty was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Petitioner maintained he acted in defense of another and moved for immunity from criminal prosecution…

Books-A-Million, Inc., v. South Carolina Department of Revenue  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28110

Justia Opinion Summary: Books-A-Million was a retail bookstore operating thirteen locations throughout South Carolina. For $25 per year, Books-A-Million customers could become members in the "Millionaire's Club" to receive retail discounts. In…

Poly-Med, Inc. v. Novus Scientific Pte. Ltd., et al.  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28111

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit certified a question of law to the South Carolina Supreme Court. In June 2005, Poly-Med, Inc. (Poly-Med) entered into a Sale of Materials and License Agreement…

South Carolina Public Interest Foundation, et al. v. Wilson  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28112

Justia Opinion Summary: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson retained Respondents Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A., and Davidson, Wren & DeMasters, P.A., (collectively, the Law Firms) to represent the State in litigation against the United…

Richardson v. Twenty Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy-One, U.S. Currency  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28113

Justia Opinion Summary: Travis Green presented a facial challenge to South Carolina's civil asset forfeiture statutory scheme following law enforcement's seizure of cash and contraband during the execution of a search warrant. The circuit court…

Damico v. Lennar Carolinas, LLC et al.  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28114

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a construction defect suit brought by a number of homeowners (Petitioners) against their homebuilder and general contractor, Lennar Carolinas, LLC (Lennar). Lennar moved to compel arbitration, citing…

In the Matter of Walter Rutledge Martin of the Greenwood County Magistrate's Court  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: 28107

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, magistrate judge of Greenwood County Walter Martin, and the South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) entered into an Agreement for Discipline by Consent (Agreement) pursuant to Rule 21 of the Rules…

Rudick v. Rudick  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: 28108

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Alicia Rudick (Wife) raised a single issue before the South Carolina Supreme Court: whether a former spouse who was both the primary wage earner and caretaker could be a "supported spouse" under South…

Opternative, Inc. v. SC Board of Medical Examiners
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: 28106
State v. David Carter
Date: August 10, 2022
Docket Number: 28104
Sullivan Mgmt v. Fireman's Fund  
Date: August 10, 2022
Docket Number: 28105

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina certified a question of law to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Sullivan Management, LLC operated restaurants in South Carolina and filed suit to…

Callawasie Island Members Club v. Frey  
Date: August 3, 2022
Docket Number: 28102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Callawassie Island Members Club, Inc. ("the Club"), brought separate actions against three couples—the Martins, the Freys, and the Quinns—following a dispute over membership dues. The circuit court granted the Club's…

Seels v. Smalls  
Date: August 3, 2022
Docket Number: 28103

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife Olivia Seels Smalls died during the pendency of her divorce from Husband Joe Truman Smalls. The couple accumulated significant assets, including the marital home; eighteen rental properties; and multiple retirement,…

South Carolina v. Bowers  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 28101

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Bowers was involved in a shootout in which multiple people fired their guns. Four people were shot, and two of them died. A jury convicted Bowers of voluntary manslaughter, assault and battery of a high and…

Livingston v. Simmons
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-008
In Matter of Danny Oran Barker,
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 28098
Bennett v. Estate of James Kelly King  
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 28099

Justia Opinion Summary: Central to this case was a dispute between two daughters and a stepdaughter of the testatrix, Jacquelin Stevenson, who died in 2007. She was survived by six children: four from her marriage to Thomas Stevenson, a son by…

In the Interest of Christopher H.
Date: June 8, 2022
Docket Number: 28097
State v. Sidney Moorer
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-006
Boyd Rashaeen Evans v. State
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-007
In the Matter of Angel Catina Underwood
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: 28096
The Protestant Episcopal Church v. The Episcopal Church  
Date: April 20, 2022
Docket Number: 28095

Justia Opinion Summary: A church entity became the legal or beneficial owner of certain real and personal property after The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina (Disassociated Diocese) and thirty-six individual…

State v. Johnathan Green
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-005
In the Matter of P. Michael DuPree
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 28090
In the Matter of Robert S. Guyton
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 28091
In the Matter of Ralph James Wilson, Jr.
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 28092
PCS Nitrogen, Inc. v Continental Casualty Company, et al.  
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 28093

Justia Opinion Summary: PCS Nitrogen sought insurance coverage for liability arising from contamination of a fertilizer manufacturing site in Charleston, South Carolina, claiming its right to coverage stemmed from an assignment of insurance…

South Carolina v. Warner  
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 28094

Justia Opinion Summary: Justin Jamal Warner was convicted by jury of murder, attempted armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The court of appeals affirmed. The South Carolina Supreme Court granted…

Moore v. Stirling  
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: 28088

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from the armed robbery and shooting death of a convenience store clerk, James Mahoney, at Nikki's Speedy Mart in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, in the early morning hours of September 16, 1999.…

South Carolina v. Jenkins  
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: 28089

Justia Opinion Summary: On January 2, 2015, James Daniels entered the Sunhouse convenience store at the intersection of Highway 905 and Red Bluff Road in Longs, South Carolina, on the pretense of buying a bottle of lemonade. James' actual…

Fountain v. Fred's, Inc., et al.  
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Number: 28086

Justia Opinion Summary: The South Carolina Supreme Court granted review of a court of appeals' decision affirming a trial court's finding that Respondents Fred's, Inc. (Fred's) and Wildevco, LLC (Wildevco) were entitled to equitable…

In the Matter of H. Bright Lindler
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Number: 28087
State v. Ronald Hakeem Mack
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-003
State v. Tiffany Ann Sanders
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-004
Beverly v. Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, LLC  
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 28084

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the South Carolina Supreme Court in this appeal was the trial court's dismissal of respondent Jeanne Beverly's claims pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. Beverly brought…

South Carolina v. Taylor  
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 28085

Justia Opinion Summary: Kenneth Taylor was charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The magistrate court dismissed the charge, finding the State failed to comply with subsection 56-5-2953(A)'s requirement that the DUI incident site video…

Brown v. State
Date: February 9, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-002
In the Matter of Charles Thomas Brooks, III
Date: February 9, 2022
Docket Number: 28082
In the Matter of David Alan Harley
Date: February 9, 2022
Docket Number: 28083
State v. Steven Louis Barnes
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: 28081
Garrison v. Target Corporation  
Date: January 26, 2022
Docket Number: 28080

Justia Opinion Summary: On the evening of May 21, 2014, Denise Garrison went to Target in Anderson, South Carolina with her eight-year-old daughter. Before entering the store, however, Denise retrieved her coupon book from her car, placed it on…

In the Matter of Christi Anne Misocky
Date: January 19, 2022
Docket Number: 28079
State v. Williams II
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-001
Swain v. Bollinger  
Date: January 5, 2022
Docket Number: 28078

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Reginald Swain (Grandfather) appealed the denial of a request to terminate a father's parental rights ("TPR") and to adopt the child. The family court determined Grandfather proved a statutory ground for TPR,…

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