South Carolina Supreme Court News

S.C. Joins 3 Other State Supreme Courts, Rules No Coverage for COVID-19 Shutdown

The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday became the fourth state high court in the nation to rule that the virus that causes COVID-19 cannot cause a direct physical damage or loss covered by a commercial property insurance policy. The …

S.C. Supreme Ct. Reverses, Finds Insurers Owe Coverage for Pollution

The carriers that insured a Charleston fertilizer plant more than 30 years ago are liable for contamination at the site even though the former property owner who bought the policies did not ask their permission to transfer its right to …

S.C. Supreme Rules Punitive Damage Cap Applies to $4.5M Jury Award

Carla Denise Garrison’s 8-year-old daughter picked up a used hypodermic needle from the parking lot outside a Target store and asked, “Mommy, what is this?” Garrison instinctively swatted the syringe away, poking her palm in the process. The puncture led …

Stripper Shot on the Job Will Get New Workers’ Comp Hearing

The quibbling continues over how much a South Carolina stripper should be compensated after being shot while on the job, with the state’s highest court on Wednesday ordering a new hearing in the woman’s case. The decision comes two years …

Public Policy Prevents Family Step-Down Clauses in South Carolina Auto Policies

There is a wide divergence of authority regarding the enforceability of family member step -down clauses in automobile liability policies. Automobile liability step down clauses reduce coverage for bodily injury to family members from the stated policy coverage reflected on …