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Court of Appeals Published Opinions - March 2015

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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.

3-4-2015 - Opinions

5299 - SC Public Interest Foundation v. SCDOT

South Carolina Public Interest Foundation and Edward D. Sloan, Jr., individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated (Appellants), filed this declaratory judgment action against South Carolina Department of Transportation, and John V. Walsh, Deputy Secretary of Transportation for Engineering (SCDOT). Appellants appeal, arguing the trial court erred in (1) failing to grant Appellants public importance standing, (2) failing to acknowledge taxpayer standing, (3) failing to apply exceptions to mootness, (4) ruling SCDOT was legitimately assisting a municipality, and (5) failing to find SCDOT used public funds for private purposes.

5300 - Mason v. Mason

In this shareholder dispute case, Joseph E. Mason, Jr. appeals the special referee's decision granting judgment on his causes of action including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination, and civil conspiracy in favor of Catherine L. Mason, Joseph E. Mason, Sr., Kathy St. Blanchard (collectively, the Masons), Mason Holding Company, Inc. (the Company), and Irwin Levine (collectively, Respondents). He also asserts the special referee erred in not ordering the repurchase his shares of the Company. He further contends the special referee erred in finding for the Masons and the Company on their counterclaims. We affirm.

5301 - State v. Looper

Andrew Looper appeals the circuit court's order, which reversed the magistrate court's order dismissing a charge of driving under the influence.