By: Scott Baughman June 2, 2017 You may have reached this page due to new security upgrades that have been implemented regarding multiple user logins. For security reasons, only one user is able to be signed in to an account per session. If multiple users at a single site…

Another sign of the apocalypse: When Frank Underwood, the cold and ruthlessly manipulative protagonist in Netflix’s dark political drama “House of Cards,” is being held out as a model politician. Sure, it might be disconcerting. But it’s also amusing, especially when it’s done right. And Goldman Sachs tax lawyer and congressional candidate Archie Parnell of…

By: Teresa Bruno, Opinions Editor May 30, 2017 Bell v. United States (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-140-17, 6 pp.) (Richard Mark Gergel, J.) 9:16-cv-01225; D.S.C. Holding: Plaintiff is partially paralyzed and walks with a cane, but she never objected to or asked defendant for assistance in walking up bleacher stairs….

By: Teresa Bruno, Opinions Editor May 25, 2017 Gibson v. Ameris Bank (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-035-17, 9 pp.) (James Lockemy, C.J.) (Aphrodite Konduros, J., concurring in the result only without separate opinion) Appealed from Berkeley County (Robert Watson, Master-in-Equity) S.C. App. Holding: Even though an employee of appellant Ameris…

By: Teresa Bruno, Opinions Editor May 25, 2017 State Farm Life Insurance Co. v. Murphy (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-138-17, 13 pp.) (David Norton, J.) 2:15-cv-04793; D.S.C. Holding: Plaintiff brought this interpleader action because, in the aftermath of S.C. Code Ann. § 62-2-507, plaintiff was unable to determine the proper…

From this Sidebar reporter’s coursework and externships as a legal studies major, to his time spent as a cops and courts reporter, to … other alleged and purported experiences that may or may not have presented an opportunity to proffer alternative facts, he believed he’d seen it all, in the way of legal defenses. Didn’t…

By: Teresa Bruno, Opinions Editor May 22, 2017 McDonald v. Nixon Energy Solutions (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-132-17, 18 pp.) (R. Bryan Harwell, J.) 4:14-cv-02589; D.S.C. Holding: Even if the defendant-lender should have filed a “Notice of Assignment” when a construction project owner assigned to the lender the owner’s right…

By: Teresa Bruno, Opinions Editor May 19, 2017 Fullbright v. Spinnaker Resorts, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-032-17, 16 pp.) (John Kittredge, J.) On certification from the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. Holding: In response to certified questions, the court holds that, despite the Real Estate…

By: Phillip Bantz May 18, 2017 Mount Pleasant lawyer Scott Bluestein recently negotiated a settlement of nearly $950,000 for a personal injury client — then the insurer came knocking with a claim for reimbursement under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The insurer ended up walking away with a…

By: Teresa Bruno, Opinions Editor May 15, 2017 Lewis v. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-130-17, 12 pp.) (Henry Herlong Jr., S.J.) 8:15-cv-04792; D.S.C. Holding: Where defendants own an easement across plaintiffs’ farm as well as the improvement – an oil pipeline – thereon, S.C. Code…

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