America is coffee addicted. That fact is plainly evident by the sheer numbers of food service establishments and other retailers selling and serving it. Of course, with more coffee being served, the greater the chances are for customer claims involving accidents, including alleged coffee burns. Within recent years, we have defended many such claims. We… Continue Reading
Most personal injury actions in South Carolina sound in negligence. In a negligence action, the plaintiff must prove proximately-caused damages. Hurd v. Williamsburg Cty., 363 S.C. 421, 611 S.E.2d 488 (2005); Rush v. Blanchard, 310 S.C. 375, 426 S.E.2d 802 (1993). Proximate cause requires proof of both causation in fact and legal cause. Oliver v.… Continue Reading
Here’s the scenario: An employee commits an intentional act that is criminal in nature while on the clock. A third party is injured by this act. The employer is sued based on a theory of vicarious liability. The act was not in the course and scope of employment, nor was it done in furtherance of… Continue Reading
Parts of South Carolina are in the forecast path of Hurricane Florence. If you are in the path and work in the retail and hospitality industries, now is the time to act in order to reduce the risk of claims during the storm. Do not attempt to capitalize on a crisis by raising… Continue Reading
It has been written an innumerable amount of times: 9/11 changed the course of our history and forever affected just about every business and activity in this country. Travel, particularly air travel, is measurably different than what it was prior to that fateful day in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville. Think back to getting… Continue Reading
On June 15, the nation woke up to their Twitter and Facebook feeds to learn about the horror that had visited a Nebraska family the night before at a Walt Disney World hotel property when a two-year-old boy playing in a foot of water was killed after being attacked and carried away by an alligator… Continue Reading
As the weather turns warmer, folks who have been cooped up all winter start thinking about getting outside and going to cookouts and get-togethers with friends, along with weekends at the lake or beach. And when friends and family come together for fun and recreation, often alcohol is involved. Convenience stores are one place where… Continue Reading
[COLUMBIA, S.C. January 11, 2016] – Collins & Lacy, P.C. is pleased to announce Christian Stegmaier has been chosen as a 2016 South Carolina Leadership in Law Award honoree. He will receive the award on March 10, 2016 at a special dinner for all honorees, held in Charleston, SC. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly gives the… Continue Reading
With the holiday shopping season officially kicking off, Retail & Hospitality Practice Group Chair, Christian Stegmaier, gives businesses some important tips when it comes to hiring seasonal, or temporary, employees. Preparing Seasonal Employees from Collins & Lacy, P. C. on Vimeo.
Christian Stegmaier, Collins & Lacy’s Retail & Hospitality Practice Group Chair, shares some important tips and guidelines for both permit holders (restaurants, bars, etc.) and social hosts who will be watching the Big Game Sunday, February 1st.