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Supreme Court Published Opinions - January 2015

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.

1-7-2015 - Opinions

27475 - North American Rescue Products v. Richardson

This declaratory judgment action was commenced by North American Rescue Products, Inc. (NARP) to determine whether P. J. Richardson had the right to purchase 7.5 % of NARP's stock at a discounted price despite the existence of a termination agreement which purported to end the parties' relationship. The Court holds the termination agreement unambiguously ended any right Richardson had to purchase the stock. Accordingly, the Court reverses and remands for entry of judgment in favor of NARP.

27476 - State v. Hawes

The Court vacates the opinion of the court of appeals, which affirmed the trial court's finding that Respondent was entitled to early parole eligibility based on the incorrect version of the relevant statute, and remands for reconsideration in light of the correct version of the statute.

1-14-2015 - Opinions

27477 - State v. Nesbitt

The Court affirms as modified the circuit court's finding that the defendant entered knowing and voluntary pleas as to three of four charges listed in a negotiated plea agreement.

27478 - Nicholson v. SCDSS

In this workers' compensation case, the Court holds the claimant is entitled to workers' compensation benefits as a matter of law and reverses the court of appeals' opinion in Nicholson v. S.C. Department of Social Services, 405 S.C. 537, 784 S.E.2d 256 (Ct. App. 2013).

27479 - Barnes v. Charter 1 Realty

The Court reverses Barnes v. Charter 1 Realty, Op. No 2012-UP-025 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Jan. 25, 2012). and holds the claimant is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because she did not suffer an idiopathic fall and her injuries arose out of her employment.

1-21-2015 - Opinions

27480 - In the Matter of Brian N. Davis

This is an opinion in which the Court disbars a lawyer.

27481 - In the Matter of John W. Howard

This is an opinion in which the Court publicly reprimands a lawyer.

27482 - In the Matter of William D. Rhoad

This is an opinion in which the Court publicly reprimands a lawyer.

27483 - In the Matter of David Weldon Gantt

This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court publicly reprimands a lawyer.

27484 - Columbia CSAHS v. SC Medical

The Court affirms the court of appeals' finding that the medical malpractice statute of repose applies to indemnity claims.