South Carolina Supreme Court Opinions

125px-SCSupreme_CourtSealOn Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the South Carolina Supreme Court published three opinions: Bass v. SCDSS, Lawing v. Univar, and State v. Gore.

In Bass v. SCDSS, the Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals’ decision finding that there was evidence that SCDSS acted in a grossly negligent manner and therefore, the court of appeals erred in finding the trial court should have granted DSS’s motion for JNOV.

The Court also found that the outrage cause of action was not supported by the evidence, but because the parties used a general verdict form, the Court reinstated the verdict in its entirety, subject to the limitations on damages imposed by the Tort Claims Act.

In Lawing v. Univar, the Court affirmed as modified he court of appeals’ decision reversing the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to Trinity Manufacturing, Inc., and Matrix Outsourcing, LLC, and reverses and remands the court of appeals’ decision affirming the trial court’s jury charge on the sophisticated user doctrine.

In State v. Gore, the Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.

On Wednesday, November 25, 2015, the Court published one opinion, In the Matter of Richard J. Breibart,  disbarring an attorney.


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