Wednesday, February 12, 2020
The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision in Rent-A-Center East, Inc. v. S.C. Dep't of Revenue, 425 S.C. 582, 824 S.E.2d 217 (Ct. App. 2019).
Pursuant to Rule 244 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, the Court will answer the following questions certified by the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina: (1) Under South Carolina law, when a contract's durational term is keyed to the occurrence of a future, specific event, must the future, specific event be an objective event such that one party to the contract does not have control over it? and (2) If the answer to Question (1) is yes, does a contract that requires the two parties to the contract to form a corporation together in the future in order to terminate the contract qualify as an objective event that renders the contract sufficiently definite in duration such that it is not perpetual and thus not terminable at will?
The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Herndon, Op. No. 2018-UP-458 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Dec. 12, 2018).
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The issue presented on appeal is whether the circuit court erred in rejecting Appellant's argument that section 6-11-271 of the South Carolina Code, concerning millage levied for special purpose districts, is unconstitutional.
The Court considers the trial court's denial of an insurer's motion to intervene in a construction defect suit.
We granted Michael Landry's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision affirming the family court's denial of relief under Rule 60, SCRCP.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
We granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision reversing the trial court's order granting Erskine College's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.
The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision in State v. Field, Op. No. 2017-UP-455 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Apr. 4, 2018).
Archie More Hardin was convicted of armed robbery, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and three counts of kidnapping. The court of appeals affirmed his convictions. State v. Hardin, 425 S.C. 1, 819 S.E.2d 177 (Ct. App. 2018). The Court granted the State of South Carolina a writ of certiorari. The State agrees with the court of appeals' disposition in the case; however, the State argues the court of appeals erred in analyzing one of the three issues Hardin raised on appeal: whether the trial court erred in admitting out-of-court identifications.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
The Court granted Nakia Johnson's petition for a writ of certiorari to review whether the court of appeals erred in finding the trial court's refusal to grant a mistrial after the child advocacy interviewer testified he instructed Victim to tell the truth during the forensic interview amounted to harmless error, thereby affirming Johnson's conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
Suzanna Brown Simpson was convicted of two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The trial court sentenced Simpson to two consecutive life sentences for the murders, a consecutive term of thirty years' imprisonment for the attempted murder, and a consecutive term of five years' imprisonment for the weapon charge. The court of appeals affirmed. State v. Simpson, 425 S.C. 522, 823 S.E.2d 229 (Ct. App. 2019). This Court granted Simpson's petition for a writ of certiorari to determine whether the trial court erred in excluding testimony from Simpson's expert witness.
The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Century Capital Group, LLC v. Midtown Development Group, LLC, Op. No. 2018-UP-249 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 13, 2018).