Marijuana, the flower of the cannabis plant, has been used for its psychoactive and medicinal qualities for thousands of years. While the 1900’s were marked by criminalization of marijuana, the new millennium brought about a reversal, favoring legalization in many jurisdictions. Today, 38 states and the District of Columbia recognize the medical benefits of the… Continue Reading
Collins & Lacy Shareholder Chris Adams has been approved as a Circuit Court Mediator. As an approved neutral, Adams is certified for court appointment in cases utilizing alternative dispute resolution. With this distinction, Chris joins Collins & Lacy attorney Ellen Adams in service as certified mediators, offering resolution services to South Carolina.
If you have been watching the news recently, you are probably tired of hearing about the Depp v. Heard case. On the other hand, watching attorneys make fools of themselves can be quite entertaining. However, when your attorney publicizes accusatory statements regarding your case, you should be concerned.
The jury in the highly publicized Depp v. Heard case found Depp liable for a two-million-dollar judgment as a result of the following defamatory statement made by Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman…
Despite society’s best efforts to keep children out of harm’s way, children become injured every day. Whether a result of curiosity, clumsiness, underdeveloped motor skills, or simply an accident, a child becoming injured may be one of the most heart-breaking experiences a parent can go through. However, when a child is injured due to a… Continue Reading
It’s been nearly two years to the day since we published an article regarding the South Carolina Court of Appeals’ decision to hold that the statute governing punitive damages caps was an affirmative defense, and failure to plead the same in a defendant’s Answer waived all rights to have punitive damages capped by the applicable… Continue Reading
By Kyle Brady It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to the annual season of blissful ambition fueled by soon to be broken New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I’m referring to something just as customary: the annual assignment of the yearly interest rates on money decrees and judgments applicable to South Carolina Courts. … Continue Reading
As part of our ongoing series of legal case updates, Collins & Lacy Vice President and Shareholder, Attorney Christian Stegmaier, reviews a case involving the use of Stand Your Ground as a defense in civil cases involving third party assault where the Court of Appeals rules it is a permissible civil defense, but there is… Continue Reading
The South Carolina Supreme Court recently held that an endorsement excluding coverage to the named insured’s husband was clear and unambiguous and was not in violation of any statute or public policy. Nationwide Insurance Company of America issued an automobile policy to Kristina Knight (“Knight”), including liability coverage, uninsured motorist (“UM”) coverage and underinsured motorist… Continue Reading
As Summer is officially underway, and many Americans begin planning vacations for the first time in over a year, vacation rental properties are quickly booking up, particularly in vacation destinations along the South Carolina coast. With many vacation rental property owners residing in a different city or state as the location of the property utilized by… Continue Reading
The South Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion this morning in Singletary v. Shuler, which is a wrongful death and survival action arising from a fight between Singletary’s decedent and Shuler in Shuler’s house following a get together. The case was tried before the Charleston County master-in-equity, who awarded $1.5 M for the wrongful death… Continue Reading