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Supreme Court Published Opinions - December 2014

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.

12-3-2014 - Opinions

27468 - Buist v. Buist

The Court affirms as modified the court of appeals' decision in Buist v. Buist, 399 S.C. 110, 730 S.E.2d 879 (Ct. App. 2012), finding that Husband failed to preserve his objection to the family court's award of attorneys' fees to Wife, and setting forth the appropriate procedure to object to an award of attorneys' fees in family court.

12-10-2014 - Opinions

27065 - Kiawah Development v. SCDHEC

The Court reverses an administrative law court's decision authorizing Respondent to construct a bulkhead and revetment.

27469 - SCDOT v. Revels

The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in S.C. Dep't of Transp. v. Revels, 399 S.C. 423, 731 S.E.2d 897 (Ct. App. 2012), wherein the court affirmed the circuit court's ruling that landowners, who prevailed in a condemnation action, were entitled to attorneys' fees based on an hourly rate rather than a contingency fee agreement. We affirm in part and reverse in part the Court of Appeals as we find a contingency fee agreement is but one factor for the court to consider in determining an award of attorneys' fees under section 28-2-510(B)(1) of the Eminent Domain Procedure Act. Additionally, we remand to the circuit court to conduct the proper statutory analysis.