South Carolina Supreme Court Opinions- 4-27-2017

On Wednesday, April 27, 2017, the South Carolina Supreme Court published two opinions:

In Machin v. Carcus Corporation, the Court answered four certified questions for the U.S. District Court addressing the legislative tension at the intersection of worker’s compensation and tort law. The four certified questions that the Court addressed are as follows:

Upon review of the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Uniform Contribution Among Tortfeasors Act, the Court answered the first three questions in the affirmative and the fourth question in the negative.

In Smith v. Tiffany, the Court interpreted the South Carolina Contribution Among Tortfeasors Act (S.C. Code Ann § 15-38-10 to -70). Based on the unambiguous language found in the act, the Court  affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment and dismissal of Appellants’ third party complaint.

J. Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

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