A man who claimed a Sumter restaurant served wine to an intoxicated customer has settled a wrongful death suit for $3 million, thanks in part to recent S.C. Supreme Court case law. Lawyers for plaintiff Paul Schmidt said the court's 2010 decision in a dram shop case helped Schmidt get the settlement despite a multi-million-dollar setoff resulting from an earlier, confidential settlement with the customer's employer. "We had a very high setoff that we would have had to overcome had we gone to trial - a high seven-figure setoff," said Mount Pleasant lawyer David Yarborough, a member of the plaintiff's legal team.Read More »
Two weeks after North Carolina giant Womble Carlyle announced its acquisition of a Charleston firm, the regional law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood also has opened an office in the port city. The move expands the firm's footprint in the Southeast and positions it for growth in an area of economic vitality, Smith Moore Leatherwood chairman Rob Marcus told Lawyers Weekly. "Charleston is becoming a very vibrant business market," Marcus said. "We've been excited to see Charleston grow and we wanted to be part of that growth."Read More »
Of the 248 would-be attorneys who took the S.C. bar exam in February, 173 passed, according to the state Office of Bar Admissions. The names of the successful candidates for admission to the S.C. Bar went up on the state Supreme Court's website on April 24. If they have completed all other law license requirements, the candidates will be sworn in as full-fledged lawyers next month. But if you couldn't find your name on the list of the 173 folks who passed, you may want to look again.
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A jury has awarded a real estate development company more than $930,000 plus attorney's fees in a breach-of-contract action centering on an environmental cleanup in Richland County. Plaintiff Ginn-LA University Club Ltd. claimed defendant Amelia Capital III breached a contract for the sale of The University Club Golf Club, a 239-acre real estate development in Blythewood. The plaintiff claimed the contract required Amelia Capital to pay the cost of cleaning up hazardous waste on the property.Read More »
Growing up south of Broad in Charleston, Robert Wilcox never thought he'd be a lawyer. His dad was the editor of The Charleston Evening Post, and Wilcox worked summers at the paper, planning on a career in journalism. After he received his bachelor's degree from Duke University, he enrolled in law school at the University of South Carolina - still not thinking much of a law career. "A part of me thought I might be a legal reporter for the Charleston newspapers," he said. Instead, he fell in love with the practice of law and never looked back.Read More »
Two U.S. Supreme Court justices will be attending the S.C. Bar's annual convention next January in Columbia. Leigh Thomas, communications director for the Bar, told Lawyers Weekly that Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer will attend the convention, which is set for Jan. 19-22, 2012. No specifics about their visit were immediately available. In an announcement emailed to members Tuesday, the Bar said it would announce details such as the justices' schedules as the justices' offices make them public.
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In March 2010, Nexsen Pruet managing member John A. Sowards was seriously worried that 2010 was going to be a "tough year" business-wise. He wasn't the only one. Managing partners at many of the state's largest firms, having watched the repercussions of 2008's economic meltdown resound throughout 2009, were at best cautiously optimistic that something good might happen during 2010. What a difference a year makes.
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Even as it celebrated 90 years of service to clients inside and outside the Palmetto State, one of South Carolina's largest law firms changed its name in what its executive chairman called a new era in its history. Greenville-based Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham announced its reincarnation as Wyche P.A. at an April 12 anniversary party at the firm's offices next to downtown Greenville's Falls Park. Wyche lawyers and staff members, along with friends and families, applauded as Greenville Mayor Knox White proclaimed the date as Wyche P.A. Day.Read More »
A special needs teacher who injured her neck and back in 2002 when she was accidentally knocked into a chain-link fence and some tree roots can stack her work-related injury with personal ailments in order to determine the extent of her disability, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.Read More »
The University of South Carolina School of Law has named Robert M. Wilcox as its new dean. Wilcox, a legal-ethics scholar and the associate dean for academic affairs at the school, will succeed Walter "Jack" Pratt, who will return to teaching, the school said in a press release. Wilcox's appointment becomes effective on July 1.
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