South carolina Supreme Court News

South Carolina Supreme Court Rules Safety Trumps Jurisdiction in DUI Case

South Carolina’s highest court has ruled a woman’s driving under the influence charge shouldn’t be dismissed because her car crashed a few feet outside the city whose officer detained her. Jennifer Lynn Alexander was found inside her still running car …

South Carolina Supreme Court Appoints Judge to Manage Opioid Lawsuits

South Carolina’s high court has appointed a single judge to handle any lawsuits related to opioids in the state system. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court assigned Circuit Court Judge Perry Gravely to the task. Gravely, based in Pickens, has …

S.C. Supreme Court: Defense Counsel Can Be Sued for Malpractice by Insurer

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently opined that an insurer can sue an attorney it hired to defend its policyholder for malpractice. The high court in the case of Sentry Select Insurance Company v. Maybank Law Firm, LLC, and Roy …

South Carolina Stripper Shot on Job to Get New Workers’ Comp Hearing

The quibbling continues over how much a South Carolina stripper should be compensated after being shot while on the job, with the state’s highest court on Wednesday ordering a new hearing in the woman’s case. The decision comes two years …

South Carolina High Court: Reimbursement Not Required When Police Damage Property

South Carolina isn’t required to reimburse private property owners for damage by law officers doing their jobs, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The 3-2 ruling involves the takeover of a Spartanburg convenience store in 2004 by Jimmy Johnson, who …

South Carolina Establishes New Precedent for Legal Malpractice Cases

The South Carolina Supreme Court has reversed a decade old precedent-setting decision in which it dismissed a legal malpractice case based on the expiration of the statute of limitations and in doing so adopted a new rule for which the …

South Carolina High Court Further Reduces Penalty on Janssen Pharmaceuticals

South Carolina’s highest court further reduced the penalty against a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary accused of deceptive marketing of an anti-psychotic drug. The decision was to substitute the same verdict the court reached in February in order to correct a …

South Carolina Court Rules Stripper Shot at Club Entitled to Workers’ Comp

An exotic dancer who was shot at a Columbia, S.C., nightclub is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for her injury, according to a ruling by the state’s highest court. The State newspaper reported that the South Carolina Supreme Court made …

South Carolina Court Orders J&J to Pay $136M in Risperdal Case

South Carolina’s Supreme Court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a penalty of $136 million, upholding a jury’s finding that the drugmaker’s Janssen unit had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealed its risks. A trial court had earlier …

South Carolina Court Blocks Kiawah Island Walls to Slow Erosion

A divided South Carolina Supreme Court has denied developers permission to build a half-mile of coastal walls on Kiawah Island, a ruling that Chief Justice Jean Toal warned undermines checks on state agency decisions involving private property. The developers sought …