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Jan 25, 2022

Bars to pay $2.5M in dram shop suit

Three bars have agreed to pay $2.5 million to six plaintiffs injured in a four-car crash caused by an intoxicated driver who for hours before the incident had been served strong, oversized beers and liquor, the plaintiffs’ attorneys report. The plaintiffs were represented by Sam Clawson and Christy Fargnoli of Clawson Fargnoli Utsey in Charleston, […]

Jan 14, 2022

Looking ahead to 2022: Keep on keeping on 

“Welcome back!”  Those are the words that many managing partners across South Carolina and elsewhere have been dying to utter since COVID-19 forced lawyers and professional staff to abandon their offices nearly two years ago. Recently, it had appeared as though the number of cases was declining, but tales of its demise were greatly exaggerated.  […]

Jan 13, 2022

Unusual birth certificate no obstacle to adoption

The grandparents of an Abbeville County girl have been granted adoption after the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals decision and found that declining to grant a termination of the biological father’s parental rights and adoption based in part on how the child’s birth certificate would appear wasn’t a proper consideration in […]

Jan 12, 2022

Company pays $1.4M after skipping background checks

A man who was injured in a car crash will receive a $1.4 million settlement from a company that allegedly failed to perform background checks on their employee driver who caused the crash. Sam Clawson and Christy Fargnoli of Clawson Fargnoli Utsey in Charleston report that their client suffered spine and shoulder issues because of […]

Jan 11, 2022

$7.5M settlement reached in dram shop case

The surviving parent of a woman who was killed when a drunk driver who was traveling at over 100 mph crashed into her while she was pulling into her driveway has reached a $7.5 million dram shop settlement with a chain restaurant and a gas station that both sold alcohol to the drunk driver. David […]

Jan 7, 2022

Driver hit by dump truck settles suit for $5M 

A woman who was injured after her SUV was struck by a dump truck that had run a stop light has agreed to settle her case for $5 million, her attorneys report.  Kenneth Berger and Joel Hughes of Columbia and David Williams of Williams & Williams in Orangeburg said that their client, whose identity was withheld pursuant […]

Jan 6, 2022

Self-serving testimony didn’t confer stand your ground immunity 

A woman who sought immunity from prosecution under South Carolina’s “stand your ground” law was properly denied that immunity because the only evidence supporting her argument that she shot and killed a man in self-defense was her own inconsistent and self-serving testimony, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled.  Gregg Pickrell had sought immunity […]

Jan 6, 2022

Most Important Opinions 2021

Administrative  Attorney’s Fees – ‘Civil Action’ – Sanctions – Development Permit  Where the State Action Statute, S.C. Code Ann. § 15-77-300, authorizes an award of attorney’s fees “In any civil action brought by … any political subdivision of the State,” the statute does not encompass contested administrative cases.  We reverse the Administrative Law Court’s award[...]

Jan 6, 2022

Late cancer diagnosis leads to $1.075M settlement 

A woman who had breast cancer for at least four years before it was detected by her radiologists has settled her medical malpractice suit against the radiologists and their employers for $1.075 million, her attorney reports.  Brink Hinson of Hinson, Hiller, & Padget in Columbia said that his client, who was in her late 40s, […]

Dec 23, 2021

Family hurt in fire settles suit for $4.1M 

A family that suffered injuries while escaping from a residential fire has obtained a $4.1 million settlement from the condominium association for the building in which they lived and its management company, the family’s attorneys report.   Monica Wooten Yates and R. Bradley Yates Jr. of the Yates Firm in Myrtle Beach report that mother and […]

Dec 22, 2021

Injured cyclist settles dram shop suit for $1.1M 

A bicyclist who was injured by a motorist who had allegedly been drinking at her place of employment has negotiated a $1.1 million settlement, his attorneys report. David Lail and Reynolds Blankenship of Yarborough Applegate in Charleston report that their client, John Schmidt, was cycling in Hanahan on the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2020 when he was hit […]

Dec 21, 2021

Leaking radiator fluid leads to $4M settlement 

A man who sustained severe burns from radiator fluid that leaked onto his leg after he was involved in a car crash has reached a $4 million settlement in a product liability lawsuit, his attorneys report. Taylor Powell and Ellis Lesemann of Lesemann & Associates in Charleston and Ronnie Crosby and Austin Crosby of Peters, […]

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