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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.5-6-2002 - Opinions
Primary issue is whether Lanham made a false representation with the actual intent to deceive on health insurance application; also, issue of whether trial court erred in granting summary judgment prior to ruling on motion to compel.25459 - State v. Thompson
This is a direct appeal challenging the constitutionality of statutes which outlaw trapping beaver out of season without a permit.25460 - Green v. Maynard
This is a death penalty habeas case challenging the application of a new rule on direct appeal.25461 - State v. Timmons
Possession of cocaine is a lesser included offense of possession of crack cocaine.25462 - Riverwoods v. Charleston County
This is a direct appeal challenging a Charleston County ordinance which enacts a property tax exemption.25463 - State v. Watson
Reckless homicide is not a lesser included offense of murder.25464 - S.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company v. Courtney
This auto insurance case determines the validity of an automatic termination clause.5-20-2002 - Opinions
The Court of Appeals' decision holding the county assessor had not shown that her termination violated public policy is affirmed.25466 - St. Andrews Public Service District v. City Council of the City of Charleston
Only parties authorized by the annexation statute, or the State through a quo warranto suit, having standing to challenge a municipal annexation.25467 - Nelson v. Yellow Cab Company
Issue is whether taxi cab driver who was murdered while on duty was an employee or an independent contractor.25468 - Minnich v. Med-Waste, Inc.
Answering certified question from Federal District Court, Supreme Court declines to adopt Firefighter's Rule as a defense to negligence action brought by police officer.25469 - State v. Gaster
This appeal involves the following issues: (1) whether the Sexually Violent Predator Act violates the ex post facto, due process, and double jeopardy clauses of the United States and South Carolina Constitutions; (2) whether appellant was properly found to be a sexually violent predator; and (3) whether the trial court violated appellant's right to due process by allowing the use of a motion appellant filed challenging the constitutionality of the age of sexual consent to prove appellant's need for treatment.25470 - Ferguson v. Charleston Lincoln Mercury, Inc.
This case addresses whether the survivability statute applies to fraud and deceit actions brought under the Dealers Act.25471 - State v. Primus
The issues in this appeal concern whether ABHAN is a lesser included offense of 1st degree CSC and the propriety of the solicitor's closing argument.5-28-2002 - Opinions
Certiorari to the Court of Appeals decision in Loadholt v. South Carolina Budget and Control Bd., 339 S.C. 165, 528 S.E.2d 670 (Ct. App. 2000) dismissed as improvidently granted.25473 - Morris v. Anderson Co.
Summary judgment was properly granted to the governmental defendants because no “special duty”to these plaintiffs is created by S.C. Code Ann. §§44-17-430 et seq.25474 - Johnson v. Collins
This opinion answers certified questions from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina involving interpretation of the South Carolina Code, inlcuding section 12-21-2804(B), sections 32-1-10 and 32-1-20, and section 39-5-10 et seq.