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Supreme Court Published Opinions - Week of 01/26/2015
1-28-2015 - Opinions

27485 - Taghivand v. Rite Aid
This certified question from the federal district court asks whether, under the public policy exception to at-will employment, an employee has a cause of action for wrongful termination if they are fired for reporting suspected criminal activity, specifically, shoplifting, to law enforcement. We answer this question in the negative.
27486 - Carolina First Bank v. BADD, L.L.C.
The Court reverses the Court of Appeals' decision and holds William McKown is not entitled to a jury trial. S.C. Code Ann. 29-3-660 (2007), with its origins pre-dating the enactment of the South Carolina Constitution, confers upon the court the power to adjudge a deficiency. Therefore, McKown is not entitled to a jury trial based solely on Carolina First Bank's decision to join McKown as a party to the foreclosure action pursuant to this statute. As for McKown's counterclaims, the Court holds that because the legal counterclaims are permissive, McKown has waived his right to a jury trial by asserting them in a foreclosure action.
27487 - State v. Brewer
In this direct appeal, the Court affirms Appellant's convictions for assault and battery with the intent to kill and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. However, the Court reverses Appellant's conviction for murder and remands for a new trial.
27488 - State v. Morris
The Court affirms the court of appeals' opinion in State v. Morris, 395 S.C. 600, 603, 720 S.E.2d 468, 469 (Ct. App. 2011), finding the officers had reasonable suspicion to prolong the traffic stop and probable cause to search the vehicle Morris was driving.
27489 - Cullen v. McNeal
We granted a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in Cullen v. McNeal, 390 S.C. 470, 702 S.E.2d 378 (Ct. App. 2010). We dismiss the writ as improvidently granted.
27490 - McNaughton v. Charleston Charter School
The Court affirms the circuit court's decisions denying the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science's motions for a directed verdict and judgment notwithstanding the verdict on McNaughton's wrongful termination/breach of contract claim; permitting the jury to award special damages; and granting attorney's fees to McNaughton under section 15-77-300 of the South Carolina Code.