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Dec 17, 2021

Scientists confirm first omicron cases in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Scientists say they have confirmed the first three cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in South Carolina. Officials with the Medical University of South Carolina said Wednesday that the identified cases were all in the state’s Lowcountry region — one each in Charleston, North Charleston and Johns Island. Scientists reported the […]

Aug 20, 2021

AG sues Columbia over city’s mask mandate for students

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s top prosecutor on Thursday sued the state’s capital city over a school mask mandate that officials allege violates state law. Columbia’s school mask order conflicts with a state budget requirement that went into effect July 1 and bans school districts from using appropriated funds to require face coverings, State […]

Aug 4, 2021

Top prosecutor: Univ of South Carolina can’t require masks

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina can’t lawfully require students and staff to wear face coverings on campus this fall, despite increasing cases of coronavirus, thanks to recent legislative action, according to the state’s top prosecutor. Last week, university officials announced that they would require “face coverings to be worn at all […]

Mar 10, 2021

COVID-19: One year later

It was about one year ago today that managing partners and general counsel everywhere found themselves frantically brainstorming, mass e-mailing, and calling emergency meetings, hoping to get ahead of a virus that threatened to close firms’ doors for what everyone assumed would be a fairly brief period. Office spaces would need to be cleaned and […]

Mar 9, 2021

COVID-19 pandemic legislation current and on the horizon across the U.S.

By Kelli Sullivan Over the last year, 27 states, and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have enacted some type of legislation granting full or limited immunity to various types of entities for claims that arise from COVID-19. Eight southern states, including North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Kentucky have all […]

Feb 26, 2021

South Carolina Senate passes COVID liability protection bill

COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill that would prevent lawsuits against businesses and other groups by people who contract COVID-19 as long as federal and state health guidelines were being followed passed the South Carolina Senate on Thursday. The bill, which was one of the top priorities of business leaders this session, passed 40-3 on Thursday. […]

Jan 22, 2021

The future of work: A Q&A with workplace safety attorney Travis Vance

  It only feels like the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on forever. Some people have been dealing with it longer than most. In February 2020, officials in Washington reported what was thought at the time to be the first COVID-related death in the U.S. Very little was known at that point about this “novel […]

Jan 14, 2021

What COVID-19 has taught us about protecting against the next crisis

By Jeffrey Harradine BridgeTower Media Newswires We all know more than we did at the outset of this pandemic, including businesses seeking legal redress for business disruption, breach of contract, insurance protection and business loss. Enough time has passed to extrapolate some learning to help businesses plan for the future. The initial avenues explored for […]

Jan 12, 2021

COVID slows South Carolina’s courts—again

  Efforts to keep the wheels of justice turning at full speed have been no match for COVID-19, which has caused South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Donald Beatty to halt all in-person hearings until further order. Beatty’s latest decision follows an order he signed on Dec. 3 that halted jury trials. The newest orders stop […]

Jan 8, 2021

South Carolina again halts in-person hearings due to virus

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s top jurist has again called off in-person hearings, saying he’s doing so due to the “ongoing increase” in COVID-19 cases across the state. “It is prudent to once again make changes to the operations of the circuit, family, probate, and master-in-equity courts for the protection of those who work within […]

Jan 4, 2021

Chief justice praises work of federal courts during COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is praising federal courts nationwide for their flexibility in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, acknowledging in his annual year-end report the role technology has played in keeping courts running. The high court has in the past been slow to embrace technology, but the justices conducted their […]

Dec 18, 2020

US Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina says he has COVID-19

COLUMBIA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is the latest member of South Carolina’s congressional delegation to test positive for the coronavirus, announcing his test result Wednesday just hours after speaking on the U.S. House floor. In a statement released by his office, the Republican said that he tested positive earlier in the day, adding, […]

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