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Court of Appeals Published Opinions - Week of 04/14/2014
4-16-2014 - Opinions

5191 - Carter v. Verizon Wireless
After the Appellate Panel of the Workers' Compensation Commission (Appellate Panel) denied Jacqueline Carter (Claimant) benefits for an alleged change of condition to her injured knee, the circuit court reversed. Verizon Wireless Southeast and American Home Assurance Company (collectively Employer) appeal, arguing the circuit court erred in reversing the Appellate Panel's determinations concerning a change in Claimant's condition, intervening causes, and future medical treatment. Employer further argues the form of the circuit court's order adversely affected its ability to comply with appellate court rules. We affirm in part and reverse in part.
5217 - Hudson v. Hudson
In this divorce action, H. Eugene Hudson (Husband) appeals the family court's equitable distribution award to Mary Lee Hudson (Wife). Husband argues the family court erred in the following rulings: (1) finding a prenuptial agreement was unconscionable; (2) awarding an equitable interest in the increase in value of allegedly nonmarital property; (3) exercising jurisdiction over allegedly nonmarital property; (4) failing to make specific findings of fact; and (5) requiring Husband to pay a portion of Wife's attorney's fees. We reverse.
5218 - Wells Fargo v. Marion Amphitheatre
David P. Gannon and Michael Guarco appeal the special referee's order awarding 4 Prophets, LLC a $12.5 million default judgment. We reverse and remand to the circuit court for a damages hearing.
5219 - Moorhead Construction v. Enterprise Bank
The Respondents sought foreclosure of their mechanic's liens against Enterprise Bank of South Carolina, and the master awarded them money judgments. Enterprise Bank appeals these judgments, arguing the master erred by not ordering foreclosure. We vacate the judgments and remand for foreclosure proceedings. Judge Short concurs and dissents in a separate opinion.
5220 - Goodwyn v. Shadowstone Media
Martha Goodwyn brought suit against her former employer Robert Pachaly and his company Shadowstone Media, Inc., alleging violations of the Payment of Wages Act, S.C. Code Ann. ยงยง 41-10-10 to -110 (Supp. 2013). After the jury returned a verdict for Goodwyn, the trial court granted her motion for treble damages and attorney's fees under subsection 41-10-80(C) of the Act. We reverse this decision because there was a bona fide dispute as to Goodwyn's entitlement to unpaid wages.